Research Support

Dolsy Smith is our collaborating librarian for this course; you will meet him in the first library session.  Feel free to contact him throughout the semester with any questions or problems you encounter using the library or conducting your research.  He tries to answer all email queries within 24 hours Monday-Friday, and can meet with you individually by appointment. His office is in Gelman Library 551 (in the stacks offices). You may also ask for him at the Reference Desk; call him at 202.994.2250; or email him at
Bill Gillis is the research librarian at Eckles Library. Schedule a research session with him by email,, or phone 202.242.8290.
You can also contact any reference librarian. Simply go to the Reference desk or call 202.994.6048 between 8 am and 10 pm. Or e-mail Reference and supply your UW1020 section number and as much information you can about your assignment and the research you have already conducted; a Gelman Reference Librarian will respond within 24 hours Monday-Thursday; or, Friday through Sunday, by 5 pm the next Monday
The following books are on Reserve in Gelman Library. These will help you with technical and historical information about specific visual media and with approaches to writing about those media. If you find good books for this purpose, please let me know and I’ll add them in the future.

  • Barnet, Sylvan. Short Guide to Writing about Art.  Call Number N7476 .B37 1993.
  • Bjelajac, David. American Art: a Cultural History, 2nd edition. Call Number N72.S6 B55 2005.
  • Corrigan, Timothy. Short Guide to Writing about Film.  Call Number PN1995 .C66 1998.
  • Edgerton, Gary. Columbia History of American Television. Call Number PN1992.3.U6 E34 2007.
  • Gascoigne, Bamber. How to Identify Prints: a Complete Guide to Manual and Mechanical
  • Processes from Woodcut to Inkjet. Call Number NE850 .G37 2004.

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