AT 488: Expressive Fiber Arts

The library's art therapy collection is extensive. Use this website as your quick guide.

General Overview

URSearch: This giant database is perfect for searching broad topics, and covers all types of sources. To be used only when initially researching a topic!


Library Catalog: keyword searches can be useful here, such as "paper making," "embroidery," "weaving," and "felting." Adding additional keywords like "therapy," or "art therapy" will narrow this search.


The library keeps the art therapy thesis collection, which can provide perfect avenues for your research through the works cited in each bibliography.
To search the thesis collection, go to the catalog, do a basic search, then click the Modify Search button and set the Material Type to thesis.

Finding Articles

Peer-reviewed research articles may be found in journals that are located in the library's databases. When searching for journal articles, keep your keywords concise and to the point. Use only two or three words to describe your subject, and limit your use to phrases or extraneous words. Short and simple works best!

PsycINFO indexes all aspects of psychological literature. There is a second database for historical publications.
Academic Search Complete is a catch all database that searches across literature, which is helpful for searches on culture.

These databases will overlap with art therapy:
CINAHL Plus with Full Text covers art therapy articles published in the nursing literature.
ERIC will identify articles in the education literature. It is particularly helpful if your topic involves art education.
MEDLINE with full text (EBSCO) indexes the medical literature. Use it for art therapy articles appearing in the medical literature as well as for medical information.
Social Work Abstracts is particularly useful for its coverage of counseling literature.
AltHealthWatch covers complimentary, holistic and integrated approaches to health care and wellness.

If the Article Isn't Online

If we have the article in print and you are not on campus, you can request that a copy be e-mailed to you. We can also obtain articles from other libraries. To request these articles, go to our Article Request site.

For Art Research

Artstor - A digital library of more than one million images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and social sciences.
Art Full Text indexes art literature back to the 1920's.

Web Sites

American Art Therapy Association, Inc.
American Psychological Association
Art Therapy on the Web
National Institute of Mental Health
PsychScholar - Hanover College's gateway to a wide variety of resources for faculty and students.
Social Psychology Network - Over 5000 links to social psychology resources from Weslyan University.


APA Running Header - Create an APA running header in Microsoft Word.
CRAP Test - Web evaluation checklist
Noodle Tools - Provides tools for creating a bibliography online using various formats including APA and MLA.
OWL - Online Writing Lab formed by Purdue University.

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