Reference Help

Ask a Librarian

The librarians at the Academy of Art University Library are here to help you. Do you have questions about researching a particular artist or art movement? Do you have questions about how to get started on your research paper? Do you have questions about the online resources the library offers? Then Ask a Librarian!

How To Get Started With Library Research

This guide will help you get started on your library research, including how to find and evaluate information sources.

How To Find Images

This guide will help you get started finding images using the Academy of Art University's digital image collection, free image resources on in the Internet, and physical image resources in the library.

Library Tutorials

We have tutorials on using our different databases, finding images online, beginning your research, and citing your sources.

Other Bay Area Libraries

If we don't have the resource that you are looking for, there's a good chance that one of the many great libraries in the San Francisco Bay Area will!

Subject Guides

The subject guides are subject-specific guides created by Academy of Art University librarians to help students find some of the most valuable resources offered at the library. There is a different subject guide corresponding to each major offered at the University.

Online Students Subject Guide

The Online Students Subject Guide was created to for online students who may be unable to make it into the physical library, and introduces students to the numerous online resources the library has to offer. On-campus students will find this resource useful as well!

MLA Citation Guide

MLA (Modern Language Association) is the citation style used at the Academy of Art University and is commonly used in the liberal arts and humanities fields. This guide gives citation formats and examples for various material types.

Glossary of Library Terms

This glossary provides a list of basic library-related terminology with brief definitions. Some definitions relate directly to specific resources offered by the Academy of Art University Library.

Course Study Guides

Luna course study guides for Liberal Arts classes LA120, LA121, and LA127. (Password required; get this from your instructor.)