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Subject Searches

In order to locate biographical information on contemporary Native American artists, students should start with a library catalog.  Some good catalogs to use are:

The call number for Native American biographical information is E89.  Artists, however, also have separate biographical sources that are listed under Useful Starting Points.  Some sample subject searches:

Keyword Searches for the Artist's Name

Since students will have a particular artist to research, it is better to keyword search the catalog for the name of the artist.  A keyword search will scan the content notes of any materials the library owns.  This is a good method for the student to find the artist mentioned within collections or exhibition catalogs of an art museum.  Often, these sources will include biographical information on the artist.  Example: a keyword search for Lowry, Judith leads the searcher to a book titled The dirt is red here: art and poetry from native California (PS 591 .I55 D57 2002).

Useful Starting Points

Some of the more helpful starting points in researching contemporary Native American artists, located at Palomar College are:


Students will need to locate magazine, newspaper, and journal articles on their artist.  Magazine and newspaper interviews of the artist may be a good source for information on the life of the artist, his or her exhibitions, and their style and influences.  Newspaper articles often review art exhibitions.  Journal articles provide scholarly, in depth information on the artist.  Palomar College subscribes to many databases helpful to the researcher.  Some suggested starting places for finding information on Native American artists are:

Palomar College Databases and Print Index for Art Magazines


Many good sources of biographical information are available on the Internet.  Students should search out the artist's personal website, if available, or look for museum exhibits online that include the work of the particular artist.  Often, these museum exhibits provide biographical information on the artist.  Some starting points are:

If you are unsure of how to get the best information on the Web for your project review the library's tips for evaluating web sites at

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