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This is a subject guide for finding materials on printmaking in the University Libraries. Reference materials are listed first, since that's a great way to begin your research. The next tab is a list of subject headings you can use to find books and video in the library catalog, followed by a tab on finding articles, and finally selected websites.

If you're interested in printmaking, you may also be interested in our subject guides on Book Arts and on Type and Type Founding.

Call numbers are for the Greenfield Library unless otherwise indicated. For an overview of the history of printmaking:

Graphic Arts Manual
Edited by Janet N. Field, Michael H. Bruno, et al. Arno Press, 1980.
REF Z244 .G83
Directed toward graphic arts rather than fine art prints, nevertheless a thorough manual that may be useful.
Pocket Pal: A Graphic Arts Production Handbook
International Paper, 1992.
REF Z244.3 .P64 1992
Directed toward graphic arts rather than fine arts but a classic title, very useful.
The Dictionary of Art
Edited by Jane Turner. Grove's Dictionaries, 1996.
REF N31 .D5 1996 v.1-34
Check the index for more specific entries. See also separate entries for woodcut, wood-engraving, collagraph, aquatint, broadside, etching, drypoint, etc., and under names of countries. The index for this title is quite deep; check through it carefully.
Looking at Prints, Drawings, and Watercolours: A Guide to Technical Terms
Paul Goldman. British Museum Press; J. Paul Getty Museum, 2006.
REF N34 .G62 2006
Concise definitions of terminology of process and materials used in printmaking, including digital printmaking.
The Encyclopedia of Printmaking Techniques
Judy Martin. Running Press, 1993.
REF NE850 .M375 1993
Step-by-step printmaking processes and tools; lots of photographs.
How to Identify Prints: A Complete Guide to Manual and Mechanical Processes from Woodcut to Ink Jet
Bamber Gascoigne. Thames and Hudson, 1986.
NE850 .G37 1986
Step-by-step printmaking processes and tools; lots of photographs.

Find Books

The University Libraries combine their holdings in one online catalog. Use the University Libraries catalog to find books, videos, CDs, scores, journal titles, etc. To locate all the materials the library holds on a topic, it is most efficient to search by subject. These subject headings are standard and are used in most libraries.


Find Articles

Periodical indexes are research tools that allow you to search for articles in magazines, journals and newspapers.

Go to the library's Article Databases and Indexes page for a list of the UArts Libraries' subscription databases. Not sure which one to try? Contact Sara MacDonald, UArts Public Services Librarian. Design is a very broad area, and there are likely several databases that would be useful.

I've found articles I want to read. Now what?
There are different ways to find an article once you retrieve a citation in the index:

  • See if there is a link in the index you're using to a full-text article online and download it or e-mail it to yourself.
  • Click the FindIt@UArts icon to see if our library holds the journal title. FindIt@UArts will also tell you if the full-text article is available in a different database.
  • Use the interlibrary loan search tool, WorldCat, to request materials not owned by the UArts Libraries or to see what other libraries have the title you need.

Style Manuals

Style Manuals: Citing Your Sources

When you find information on a topic, no matter what format it takes (book, journal, Web page), there are style manuals to show you the correct way to give cite those sources in a paper.


Searching the Web can be overwhelming. If you are using the Internet for research you want to choose sites that meet the standards of accuracy, currency and authority.

Color Printing in the Nineteenth Century: An Exhibition at the Hugh M. Morris Library
Held at the University of Delaware Library, Newark, Delaware August 27 - December 19, 1996. Curated by Iris R. Snyder.

Print Council of America
"The Print Council of America is a professional organization of print specialists with a current membership of 200 individuals most of whom represent collections of works of art on paper throughout the United States and Canada."

Wood Engraving: An Art Lost and Found
Featuring the Prints of Kent Kissinger And works from the Rare Books and Texana Collections. Willis Library, University of North Texas, June 1 - September 30, 1997
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