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Public art: Getting started

Resources for studying public art, internationally

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Ai Weiwei, Forever (detail), 2014. Cropped version of image by ©Jean-Pierre Dalbéra, Flickr. Licence for this image


Summon is usually the best starting point for finding articles, books and dissertations. 


You may also want to run supplementary searches in these databases:


You can boost your Summon search using "" () and OR.  The following tips work in many other databases too:

To search for several alternative phrases at once:


This brings up a lot of results.  You can narrow your search by adding extra keywords: perhaps a theme, an artist or a country.  You will need to add some extra punctuation, like this: 



You can also use the options on the left of Summon's results page to narrow your search by type.  For instance, choose these options to search for scholarly journal articles, available online via Summon:

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To see only the most recent writing on the subject, use the date slider:

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