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Fall 2016 Hours

Monday – Thursday: 9:00AM-6:00PM
Friday: 9:00AM-4:00PM

Need Help?

During regular business hours Mon- Fri and Sun:

  • Call 615-277-7427
  • Drop by for in-person, in-library help



Online Databases:


Full text access to scholarly journals in languages and literature, as well as essential titles in the fields of music, film studies, folklore, performing arts, religion, and the history and study of art and architecture. There are 150 titles in this collection. No log in is necessary.

*Sorry, there is no off campus access.



Tennessee residents have access to 19 databases of magazines, newspapers, journals, and reference materials.

* Remote access available, ask a librarian for password



Art Full Text  is a bibliographic database that indexes and abstracts articles from over 600 periodicals published throughout the world; full-text coverage for 298 periodicals is also included. Periodical coverage includes English-language periodicals, yearbooks, and museum bulletins, as well as periodicals published in French, Italian, German, Japanese, Spanish, Dutch, and Swedish. In addition to articles, Art Full Text indexes reproductions of works of art that appear in indexed periodicals.  Coverage begins in 1984.

*Remote Access Available with a password. ASK a librarian for User ID and Password by phone or email.



ARTstor is a growing repository of 300,000+ digital images and related data supporting interdisciplinary studies with special emphasis on collections of art, architecture and archeology. After simple online registration, you can access the database from anywhere.

  • ARTstor’s Youtube channel: access videos that will help you easily navigate ARTstor’s digital library, create presentations, and access your professor saved images.
  • ARTstor Help Wiki: Find the answers to your ARTstor and OIV (Offline Image Viewer — ARTstor’s presentation creation software) questions, also participate in a user forum.



Rhizome is dedicated to the creation, presentation, preservation, and critique of emerging artistic practices that engage technology. Through open platforms for exchange and collaboration, Rhizome’s website serves to encourage and expand the communities surrounding these practices. Programs, many of which happen online, include commissions, exhibitions, events, discussion, archives and portfolios. Sign up to create a personal profile page, subscribe to Rhizome’s blog and newsletters, participate in discussion, post announcements and view job opportunities, browse art in the online archive, the ArtBase, find out about recent events and exhibitions, apply for a grant and view Rhizome grantees.

On and off campus access. Off campus, just join the rhizome community with your Watkins email address.


Can’t find the book or journal article you are looking for? Try an inter-library loan.

If you can’t find a book you need for your research in the Watkins Library catalog, Fisk University library, or Nashville Public library, check WorldCat to search multiple libraries.

  • When you find the book you need, fill out an ILL request form. A librarian will request the book for you and notify you by email when it arrives.
  • Make sure you plan ahead.  An Interlibrary Loan will take 1 to 2 weeks to arrive.


More Information

For information on our databases, tips on searching, or an overview of the Library Catalog, take a look at our growing collection of online tutorials produced right here at the Library. You can find them on the Library How-to Videos or Frequently Asked Questions pages.

Fisk University Library

Watkins Library is proud of our cooperative agreement with the Fisk University John Hope and Aurelia E. Franklin Library located less than ten minutes away from the Watkins campus. The Fisk Library houses over 200,000 books, various special collections documenting the African-American experience, and the Aaron Douglas Collection. Parking is free; Just present your Watkins ID at the Fisk Library’s checkout counter for registration.

Search the Fisk Library Catalog

Search Nashville Public Library

Students are encouraged to utilize the great resources of the public library. Besides the great convenience of access to their vast collection of books, DVDs, and music, they offer the convenience of delivery to their Looby Branch located across Rosa Parks from Watkins. If you live on campus, you can obtain a public library card by presenting a personal ID, such as your driver’s license, passport, or learner’s permit, proof of home address, and proof of your current address on campus: your checkbook, piece of mail postmarked in the last two weeks, utility bill, or pay stub issued in the last two weeks.

Search Project ATHENA

A service of the Nashville Area Library Alliance, the ATHENA catalog is an Interlibrary Loan service that gives you access to the collections of local college and public libraries from Aquinas and Belmont to Vanderbilt and Volunteer State.

Search WorldCat

WorldCat is the world’s largest network of library content and services. WorldCat libraries are dedicated to providing access to their resources on the Web, where most people start their search for information. lets you search the collections of libraries in your community and thousands more around the world.   Once you find an item, use the Interlibrary Loan form to request the item through the Library at Watkins

ILL request form. A librarian will request the book for you and notify you by email when it arrives. Make sure you plan ahead.  An Interlibrary Loan will take 1 to 2 weeks to arrive.

Library Guides

Library Guides provide links and guidance to specific interests and disciplines. Please click on any item in the list below to find out more about a specific topic.

Subject Guides

Book Arts and Zines

Cartoons and Comics

Evaluating Sources


How To Create an Annotated Bibliography

Image Resources

Interior Design & Architecture

New Media and Digital



Start With The Library

Often the best place to find information is your Library. Start with the Library Catalog.  Be sure to search under both “Subject” and “All words” in the right hand box on the search page, next to the box for your search word.  Great sources for journal articles and high quality images of artworks are the online databases which are on the Find Images & Articles page of the Library website

For information on our databases, tips on searching, or an overview of the Library Catalog, take a look at our growing collection of online tutorials produced right here at the Library.  You can find them on the Library How-to Videos and Frequently Asked Questions pages along with lots of other useful Library information.

Other Resources

Atomic Learning

Want to master a new piece of software? Have a specific tech question? Atomic Learning provides thousands of tutorial movies and curriculum resources that cover a variety of software packages including Final Cut, Dreamweaver, Windows Vista, PowerPoint, Endnote and Blackboard. Students and Faculty can access Atomic Learning anywhere on campus; off campus access is available with a password. Ask a librarian or your instructor for the username and password.

Project Gutenberg

The oldest producer of free electronic books (ebooks and eTexts)

Arts News on the Web

Arts Resources in Nashville

Still have questions?

Get answers! Ask a librarian. Email us [email protected], call us (615 277-7427), or stop by the Library to get the facts straight from a librarian.