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ART 265: Maya and Mexican Art

Spring 2012

Professor: Linnea Wren
Dan Mollner

Table of Contents:

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  • AnthroSource
    American Anthropological Association
    Full-text archive of 32 scholarly journals published by the American Anthropological Association (AAA), most dating back to the first issue and about half continuing to the present. This is the premier online resource serving the research, teaching, and professional needs of anthropologists, and covers physical anthropology, cultural or social anthropology, linguistic anthropology, and archaeology.
    varies; most from 1970s-present
  • Google Books
    Google is in the midst of an ambitious project to digitize books from publishers and in libraries. Those that were published before 1923 are in full text; those still potentially under copyright can be searched, but not viewed in full. It offers an interesting way to locate very specific words, phrases, and citations, particularly in older books. Using the advanced search you can limit a search to books that are full text or published within a range of years. Another way to "search inside" books is to use Amazon, where the contents of many contemporary books can be searched.
    Full-text backfiles to over 350 scholarly journals from more than 25 academic disciplines published between the 19th and 21st centuries in the JSTOR Arts & Sciences I, Arts & Sciences II, and Language & Literature collections. JSTOR provides complete journal backruns from the date of initial publication up to a "moving wall" of 3 to 5 years before the present year. To limit your search to full text articles, make sure that the option to "include links to external content" is turned off.
    1831-recent years
  • Oxford English Dictionary
    The Oxford English Dictionary is the ultimate authority on the English language, speech in English, and the usage of words. It provides the meaning, history, and pronunciation of over half a million words and traces their usage through 2.5 million quotations from a wide range of international English language sources. The OED includes words from across the English-speaking world, from North America to Europe, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and the Caribbean. A printed version of this dictionary in 20 volumes can be found at Reference PE1625 .O87 1989.
  • Oxford Reference Online
    Over 100 full text language and subject dictionaries and reference works. Topics covered include general reference, language, science and medicine, humanities, social sciences, and business.
  • SAGE Premier
    Search the full text to over 500 scholarly journals published by SAGE in a range of disciplines, including many social sciences titles. Many journals include full backfiles - back to 1960s or earlier. To search articles by discipline, click on the "Browse" tab, then click on the "Articles by Discipline" tab. Be aware that this publisher is more likely to publish articles contemporary cultural anthropology (e.g. Mayan communities today) than on art history or pre-Colombian societies.
Databases and Indexes
  • Academic Search Premier
    The world's largest academic multi-disciplinary database, this database includes journals and magazines in all fields. Some of the articles - but not all - are full text.
    1975-present; updated daily
  • Arts & Humanities Citation Index (Web of Knowledge)
    A multidisciplinary index covering the journal literature of the arts and humanities; part of a larger database that also covers natural and social sciences. Of particular interest is the ability to trace more recently-published works that cite a particular source ("cited reference search") and, when you are looking at the details of a particular item, to find "related records" - ones that cite the same sources.

    Note: You may want to click on limits on the first screen to restrict your search to Arts and Humanities and/or Social Sciences only. Records back to 1980 may still be searched in AHSearch through OCLC.
    1997-present; updated weekly

  • Bibliographia Mesoamerica (FAMSI)
    This free online database offers "a comprehensive and continually updated bibliographic dataset of the published literature pertaining to the anthropology of Mesoamerica. Content includes archaeology, ethnography, ethnohistory, art history, linguistics, physical anthropology, and other related disciplines." You can also search all of the resources at the FAMSI site at once, including provides the Barbara & Justin Kerr Photographic Collection, the Linda & David Schele Image Collection, the John Montgomery Drawing Collection, and the Bibliograf´┐Ża Mesoamericana.
  • WorldCat
    Use this database to search for books in other libraries. Use the yellow "findit!" button to request books through interlibrary loan.
    1000 CE-present; updated daily
Reference Books
  • American National Biography
    New York: Oxford University Press 1999
    Offers over 17,000 scholarly biographical sketches of significant Americans who died before 1996. The definitive source for American biography. For less-detailed biographical sketches of living people, try Who's Who (British - Ref DA 28 .W6) or Who's Who in America (US - Ref E663 .W56)
    • Location(s): Ref CT 213 .A68 1999 (24 vols + suppl)
  • Archaeology of Ancient Mexico and Central America: An Encyclopedia
    New York: Garland 2001
    A single-volume handbook containing over 500 articles on the ancient past in Middle America, covering the area now occupied by Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama. Covers sites, sacred places, ritual practices, and a variety of related topics.
    • Location(s): Ref F 1218.6 .A73 2001
  • Atlas of Ancient America
    New York: Facts on File 1980
    Covers North, South, and Mezoamerican pre-Columbia history in text, maps and chronologies, with many photos art objects, and plans of archaeological sites.
    • Location(s): Ref E 61.C66 1986
  • Cambridge History of the Native Peoples of the Americas
    Volume one (in two parts) covers North America; volume two (also two separate volumes) covers Mesoamerica.
    • Location(s): Upper Level E77 .N62 1996
  • Dictionary of Anthropology
    Oxford: Blackwell 1997
    Provides brief discussions of terms in physical and cultural anthropology as well as related terms in archaeology, biological anthropology, and linguistics. Brief biographies of major anthropologists are also included.
    • Location(s): Ref GN 307 .D485 1997
  • Dictionary of Art
    Grove's Dictionaries 1996
    An exhaustive encyclopedia of world art, containing articles written by scholars on artists, movements, works, and subjects, each followed by a selective bibliography.
    • Location(s): Ref N 31 .D5 1996
  • Dictionary of Maya Hieroglyphs
    Hippocrene Books 2002
    Entries on over 1,200 glyphs and glyph compounds, with cross-references to categories and subjects. At the back there are indexes of words, subjects, and visual elements.
    • Location(s): Ref F 1435.3 .W75 M67 2002
  • Encyclopedia of World Art
    New York: McGraw-Hill 1959-
    Offers scholarly and thorough articles on artists, movements, media, periods, national traditions, and so on. Each volume has a section of plates in the back. There is an index to the entire set, as well as supplementary volumes presenting newer information. Though more dated than the Dictionary of Art, above, this set remains useful, particularly for its thorough indexing of plates, making it a good source for locating images of art works.
    • Location(s): Ref N 31 .E56
  • Illustrated Dictionary of the Gods and Symbols of Ancient Mexico and the Maya
    Thames and Hudson 1997
    Contains 300 short entries describing symbols and gods, with topics such as sacrifice, tombs, and colors discussed. The "Guide to Sources and Bibliography" at the back of the book is a useful overview of research up to the late 20th century.
    • Location(s): Ref F 1435.3 .R3 M55 1997
  • New Dictionary of the History of Ideas
    New York: Scribner's 2005
    Covers a wide range of ideas historically and internationally. Particularly strong for overviews of current ideas taken in historical context, listing essential and significant texts that contributed to the development of concepts.
    • Location(s): Ref CB 9 .N49 2005
  • Oxford Encyclopedia of Mesoamerican Cultures
    Oxford: Oxford UP 2001
    Solid, scholarly articles on a part of the world that has been the site of significant cultural developments in archaeology, history and the arts.
    • Location(s): Ref F 1218.6 .O95 2001
Browsing for Books
You will find relevant books worth examining in at least three sections of the library: the reference section (main floor); in the general collection (with most relevant books found on the upper level); and in the Oversize collection (upper level, toward Olin Hall). The following Library of Congress classifications are particularly relevant. Note that because the Mayan people continue to live in Central America, you will find books on both ancient and contemporary Mayan society shelved together.

F 1201-1392: Mexico
F1218.5-1221: Ancient Mexico
F1421-1440 Central America
F1435-1435.3 Mayas
F1441-1457 Belize
F1461-1477 Guatemala
PM 3968 Maya Language and Literature
N Visual Arts
NA Architecture
NB Sculpture
NC Drawing. Design. Illustration.
ND Painting
NE Print Media
NK Decorative Arts

More Resources
  • Interlibrary Loan
    Materials not available at Gustavus may be borrowed from other libraries and sent here for you to use.
    • Location(s): Library - Main Floor
  • Citing Your Sources
    Learn how to cite your resources in MLA, APA, and Chicago Style. In addition to these online style guides, print style guides (and The Everyday Writer) are available both at the library reference desk and at the Writing Center (Confer 232). This page also includes links to RefWorks and EndNote Web.
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