These are answers to some common questions about using the library's resources. If you still have a question or require assistance, email us through Ask a Librarian or give us a call at 212-592-2672.
- Find an Image
Works of Art
ARTstor: Over 1 Million images that can be searched by simple keyword, or by region/country and date-range using the advanced search function. We suggest that you create an account so that you can download, organize, and present the images that you find. ARTstor also allows you to zoom in on the images to create high-resolution details of the work, which you can then save and present in your paper to illustrate what you are writing about.
Bridgeman Education: Over 360,000 images specifically chosen to help inform and support scholarship. Besides the simple search, you can use the advanced search to find images by artist, nationality, title, and century. You can also browse by subject. For instance, if you click on Graphic Design, you can then click on Themes and Movements, and then on Art Nouveau. You can then browse all the images unders those designations. Bridgeman also lets you save images and create slideshows.
Art Museum Image Gallery: Over 150,000 high resolution images from museums around the world covering contemporary art, Native American and Inuit art, to ancient Greek, Roman, and Egyptian works, along with Japanese and Chinese works. An EBSCOHost database, the interface looks similar to Art Full Text and offers a variety of simple and advanced searching options. Within the search results there are ways to limit the results by subject, which can be very helpful if you search for Picasso, for instance, which returns 1028 results.
Cinema Image Gallery: Features hundreds of thousands of pictures (film stills and behind the scenes photos), posters, video clips, and other material from the world of film and television from the late 19th century to the present day.
MDID: Allows users to search, retrieve, organize and teach with digital images and image data. [All material in this collection is protected by copyright. Duplication and/or sale of all or any part of the collection is strictly prohibited. Material may be used for personal research use or educational purposes in electronic or print form.] You can find detailed instructions on how to use MDID here. The good people in the Visual Resource Center, who maintain MDID for SVA, have also put together this list of online image collections:
AP Photo Archive: The Digital Archive of the Associated Press: An online picture library of current and historical photos from the Associated Press. This constantly expanding archive of 700,000 images dates from 1844 to the present. It has graphics and sound archives and presents revolving specially arranged sets of images, such as the week in pictures, or black history month.
Visual Art Library Picture Collection: A physical collection in the library with over 1000 subjects and well over 150,000 images culled from magazines, books, and every other variety of printed matter from over 100 years ago until the present. There is a blog that highlights the collection with digital images of selected subjects, and where you can also find a listing of the subjects and a searchable database to help you find the images. You can check these images out and take them home, or work with them in the library.
Colourbox: Stock image source with hundreds of thousands of royalty-free photographs, vector images, and videos for use in your projects. Contact the library with your SVA ID# to obtain the access code - firstname.lastname@example.org
NYPL Digital Gallery: Over 500,000 images from the New York Public Library's image collection
Online Digital Image Resources: A collection of links to many different and useful sources.
- Suggest the Library buy a book, movie, etc.
You can suggest that the library add an item (book, movie, magazine, game, etc.) to the collection by using either of two Request for Purchase forms to give us the details (title, author, publisher, etc).
1. From the library’s website - sva.edu/student-life/library > Request Forms > Request for Purchase www.sva.edu/form/request_for_purchase
2. From the library’s catalog - vision.sva.edu > Request (from the top menu bar) > Login with your ID # and last name > Request for Purchase
- Create a Bibliography
A bibliography is a list of the sources (e.g. books, articles, websites, images, etc.) you used and/or quoted when writing your research papers. Knowing how to create one is a vital research skill that shows your instructors the work that you put into your paper. It also demonstrates your research literacy, since you have to know how to read a bibliography to create one.
There are different 'citation styles' used in academia, which primarily has to do with the order of the elements (title, author, publication, date, etc), and your instructor may require you to follow a particular one. Otherwise choose the style that suits you and just be sure to remain consistent.
Here is the structure of citations for three types of sources using one of the standard styles, the APA (from the American Psychological Association). To see more source types and what to do with variations (ex. websites that have an author, have a "corporate" author, or no author at all), take a look at these guides for the most common styles: APA - Chicago - MLA
Author [Last name, First initial]. (Year of Publication). Article Title. Journal Title Volume(Issue), Pages.
Author [Last name, First initial]. (Year of Publication). Title. [Place of Publication]: [Publisher].
Author [Last name, First initial]. (Date of publication). Page/article Title.
Retrieved [Month Day, Year], from [Website Name] website: [citation url]
- Request an Item that is currently checked out (Hold Request)
When you find something in the Vision catalog (vision.sva.edu) that is currently checked out (indicated by a Status: of Checked Out, Renewed, or Overdue), you can use Vision to have that item reserved for you when it is returned. This is called "Placing a Hold."
1. Get into the catalog record of the item you wish to request.
2. Click “Request” from the top menu bar.
3. Login using your SVA ID# and Last name.
4. The drop down box should have “Hold” as the entry - click OK.
5. Put in your SVA ID# and Last Name and click “OK”
6. Then put your SVA ID# into the Institution ID field and Submit your Request.
When the item you requested is returned, we will send an email to your @sva.edu address to notify you and hold the item for one week at the Circulation Desk.
*Note - your library fines need to be under $10 to make a request.
If you have any questions, let us know at: email@example.com
- Pay Library Fines
- The library is not responsible for notifying borrowers of their overdue materials. Overdue notices are issued only as a courtesy via your SVA email account. Failure to receive reminders or overdue notices does not excuse borrowers from the responsibility of returning or renewing items on time to avoid penalties. Fees are automatically billed to your library account when materials are returned, and accrue for each day overdue as outlined above. Maximum overdue fine is $10.00 per item ($25.00 for Kindle). Fines of $20.00 or higher per account will result in a Library Transcript Hold.A minimum payment of $2.00 is required. Access your library account through the Vision catalog to check your fine balance and make payments through NetPay.
Please retain your confirmation e-mail receipt. Proof of payment is required at the Circulation Desk if you wish to immediately borrow items. Transcript Hold removals require at least one business day to process. If fines are a result of Lost or Damaged items, please contact a Circulation Manager before making a payment: (212) 592-2660 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Library Drop Box - West Side
WHAT: Return your library items on west side of campus.
WHERE: 133 W. 21st St, in the lobby
The Visual Arts Library Dropbox is emptied once daily with a 24 hour turn-around before the items returned are removed from your account (48 hour turn-around on weekends). All items will be back-dated upon discharge to reflect the original return date with all relevant fines forgiven from your account. If you have any questions about this policy, please contact a Circulation Manager at 212-592-2660 or email@example.com
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
The SVA Library will have extended hours for the last week of classes to allow students more study time, as follows: Monday, December 9 – Thursday, December 12 – 8:30am – 12 midnight Friday,...