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* Art

white building roof and stone monument against a background of blue sky and autumn trees
two women looking at art in gallery
person shading charcoal drawing with the tip of their finger
brick building with window labeled USM Art Department
husky mascot and blonde woman sitting on bench admiring art

Art Research - Getting Started

T​​​he USM Libraries have a ton of helpful people and resources to make sure you're on the right track with your research! A few tips for getting started on your project:

  • Talk with your professor if you have any questions about the assignment.
  • Give yourself as much time as possible to find and request resources, write your assignment, and revise it.
  • Make a research appointment with a librarian, or email Carrie directly ( to set up a meeting.
  • Activate your USM Library Account.
  • Use URSUS and MaineCat to request items from public and academic libraries around the state.
  • Sign up for an ILLiad account to request exhibition catalogs, articles, books, and more from libraries all over the world - all for free! 
    • ***You should never have to pay for access to library resources; if you hit a paywall or aren't sure how to get access to something, please contact us and we'll help.
  • Work with a USM Writing Assistant at any point during the writing process.
  • Use the resources in this LibGuide to find books, ebooks, scholarly articles, images, and more!

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