Category Archives: Collection Highlights

Extended Trial: Credo Online Reference


Credo Reference Complete Core is now on trial until September 30, 2015!

Credo Reference provides full-text online versions of about 1,200 published reference works from more than 70 publishers in a variety of major subjects. These include general and subject dictionaries as well as encyclopedias.

On-Campus, access with this link:

Off-Campus, access with this link:


The Complete Core includes the following 6 video collections:

  1. Masterworks
    The Masterworks Collection is a rich collection of art history videos. Each short documentary showcases an artist and a key piece, illuminating the context and history of the work. Comprehensively illustrated and compellingly presented (detailed narration accompanies each film), these films provide a deeper insight into master works of painting.
  2. The Visual Guides: Understanding Plants and The Vegetable Kingdom
  3. The Visual Guides: Understanding The Earth
  4. The Visual Guides: Understanding The Human Body
  5. The Visual Guides: Understanding The Universe
  6. The Visual Guides: Understanding Weather and The Environment

The Complete Core also has the following collections of images from Bridgeman Art Library:

  • Charmet Collection
  • Christies Collection
  • Cultural Collection
  • DeAgostini Library
  • European Masterpiece Collection
  • Fine & Decorative Arts Collection
  • Fine Art & Antiques Collection
  • Florence Masterpiece Collection
  • Florentine Collection
  • Global Masterpiece Collection
  • Hermitage Collection
  • Italian Masterpieces Collection
  • Ken Welsh History Collection
  • Peter Newark American Pictures
  • Peter Willi French Masterpieces Collection
  • Spanish Masterpiece Collection
  • Stapleton Collection
  • William Morris Collection

Including the Bridgeman collections above, the Complete Core has a total of close to 400,000 art images.

Please click here to see a list of all 1,100+ full-text titles included in the Complete Core.

In addition to the Complete Core, Credo’s Art History Subject Collection has been added to this trial.

This collection curates 27 noteworthy reference sources from top publishers, including the National Gallery, Wiley, and Greenwood. With titles such as, “A Companion to Medieval Art,” and, “Artists of the American Mosaic: Encyclopedia of Native American Artists,” the Art History Collection dives into topics like, technique, notable artists, periods of art and more that are relevant to any student at any level.

Please click here to see all 27 titles in the Art History Collection (Version 2)

Please click here to see a list of titles within the trial Art History Collection

If you have any questions or trouble accessing these trials, Ask a Librarian.

For a full list of databases available from the SVA Library, visit our A-Z Database List.



New Trial Databases from EBSCO

We’re trialing three databases from EBSCO: Flipster, Literary Reference Center Plus, and International Bibliography of Theatre & Dance with Full Text. These trials are active through October 11, 2015.

ebsco flipsterFlipster is a next-generation digital magazine solution that makes it easy for you to read your favorite magazines on your computer or mobile device.

Via a computer, tablet, or phone:

Click on the Flipster link to easily access a site where you can browse available
magazines. You can then click on a magazine to view it within your browser.
This means you can access Flipster from any computer, laptop, or mobile device,
as long as you are connected to the Internet.

Via the Flipster app (iOS and Android):

Use the Flipster app, available through the
iTunes store for the iPad and iPad Mini, and on the Google Play store for Android tablets, to download magazines for offline reading. Simply browse and view magazines through the Flipster link on your library’s website, and select the “Open in App” option to download magazines to the app, where they can be read and managed offline.

Click here to access the Flipster trial:,uid&profile=eon


ebsco ibtd

The International Bibliography of Theatre & Dance with Full Text is the definitive research tool for the study of theatre and the performing arts. International Bibliography of Theatre & Dance with Full Text was initiated by the American Society for Theatre Research, and since 1984, the Theatre Research Data Center (TRDC) at Brooklyn College has published 14 volumes of the IBTD. These volumes comprise a fully indexed, cross-referenced and annotated databank of journal articles, books, book chapters and dissertation abstracts on all aspects of theatre and performance in 126 countries.

Click here to access the International Bibliography of Theatre & Dance trial:,uid&profile=ehost&defaultdb=ibh


ebsco lrcp

Literary Reference Center Plus is a robust full-text database that provides the most relevant information on thousands of authors and their works across literary disciplines and timeframes—to give students, teachers and librarians a complete foundation of literary reference works to meet any and all of their research or instructional needs. In addition to all of the content in Literary Reference Center, Literary Reference Center Plus includes full-text resources focusing on plays/drama, poetry, religious literature, and children’s literature. This database also includes volumes of fantasy/science fiction, contemporary literature, world philosophy and religious literature, and literary study guides covering American Literature, English Literature, and literary genres.

Click here to access the Literary Reference Center Plus trial:,uid&profile=plus

If you have any questions or trouble accessing these trials, Ask a Librarian.

For a full list of databases available from the SVA Library, visit our A-Z Database List.


Updates to Material ConneXion

Material ConneXion is a materials database containing over 7,500 materials applicable to interior and industrial design. All SVA students, faculty, and staff have access to the database with their MySVA credentials.


Material ConneXion recently made an update to the database that makes creating personal accounts much easier. To create a personal account, click the “Personal Accounts” button (located on the top right-hand-side of the page) after accessing. Simple instructions will follow. Personal accounts can be used on and off campus, and offer certain added benefits and features. For example, students and faculty can easily “tag” their favorite materials and create folders to keep track of research.

This video will help faculty and students understand how to best use the database: Material ConneXion Database Walkthrough.

If you have any questions about this or other databases, Ask a Librarian.

New Books: Phaidon’s Art and Ideas Series

The SVA Library recently expanded its collection of books from Phaidon’s Art and Ideas series. Phaidon is known for its quality books in the visual arts, and this series which spans artists and movements from Baroque & Rococo to Dalí to Pop Art contains a wealth of information and images that the SVA community won’t want to miss.



New additions to our collection of Phaidon titles are:

friedrichFriedrich by William Vaughn / ND588.F75 V38 2004




Baroque & Rococo by Gauvin Alexander Bailey / N6415.B3 B325 2012



pieroPiero della Francesca by Marilyn Aronberg Lavin / ND623.F78 L33 2002



nouveauArt Nouveau by Stephen Escritt / N6465.A7 E84 2000




Dalí by Robert Radford / N7113.D3 R34 1997




durerDürer by Jeffrey Chipps Smith / N6888.D8 S65 2012




chagallChagall by Monica Bohm-Duchen / ND699.C5 B64 1998




aboriginalAboriginal Art by Howard Morphy / N7401 .M65 1998




Pop Art by Bradford R. Collins / N6494.P6 C655 2012




van goghVan Gogh by Judy Sund / ND653.G7 S77 2002




delacroixDelacroix by Simon Lee / ND553.D33 L44 2015




michelangeloMichelangelo by Anthony Hughes / N6923.B9 H83 1997




turnerTurner by Barry Venning / ND497.T8 A3 2003




romanticismRomanticism by David Blayney Brown / N6847.5.R6 B769 2001



monetMonet by Carla Rachman / ND553.M7 M286 1998




hogarthHogarth by Mark Hallett / N6797.H6 H35 2000




cezanneCézanne by Mary Tompkins Lewis / ND553.C33 L47 2000




byzantineEarly Christian & Byzantine Art by John Lowden / N7832.L563 1997



goyaGoya by Sarah Symmons / ND813.G7 S972 1998




vermeerVermeer by Wayne Franits / ND653.V5 F57 2015





See all available titles here.



New Books: Illustrated Children’s Books

We’ve got some beautiful new children’s books in the SVA Library this summer. They’re featured on the small round table in front of the new books shelves:


Let’s take a closer look at a few titles…

YardSaleYard Sale by Eve Bunting, illustrated by Lauren Castillo / PZ7.B91527 Yar 2015

Callie’s family is moving to a small apartment in the city, and so many of their possessions are spread on the front lawn for a yard sale.  Eve Bunting and SVA alum Lauren Castillo portray an event at once familiar and difficult, making clear that a home isn’t about what you have, but whom you hold close.

YardSale interior

WhereDoesKittyGoWhere Does Kitty Go in the Rain? by Harriet Ziefert, illustrated by Brigette Barrager / PZ7.Z487 Whe 2015

This kitty-centric mystery includes rain-centered facts to create a charming fiction/nonfiction picture book. As readers search for Kitty, they’ll also discover what different animals do to enjoy, or avoid, a rainy day. Harriet Ziefert’s rhyming couplets pair with Brigette Barrager’s lush art to make a combination that is sure to please young readers and adults alike.

WhereDoesKittyGo interior



Iridescence of Birds

The Iridescence of Birds by Patricia MacLachlan, illustrated by Hadley Hooper / PZ7.M11972 Iri 2012

If you were a boy named Henri Matisse who lived in a dreary town in northern France, what would your life be like? Would it be full of color and art? Full of lines and dancing figures? Find out in this beautiful picture book about one of the world’s most famous and influential artists.

Iridescence of Birds interior



BeastlyVerseBeastly Verse illustrated by JooHee Yoon / PZ8.3 .Y66 Bea 2015

A playful romp through verse, rhyme, and gorgeous images, this book carries children into the poetic realm. This volume includes poems from Lewis Carroll, William Blake, Robert Desnos, Hilaire Belloc, William Cowper, Christina Rossetti, and D.H. Lawrence.

BeastlyVerse interior

New Books: New York state of mind

New York is many things to many people – from playground to living historical artifact, from foodie paradise to fashion mecca, the city that never sleeps has an awful lot to offer. The new books featured here glance on those topics and provide a snapshot of our bustling metropolis.

indexConey Island: Visions of an American Dreamland, by Robin Jaffee Frank / F129.C75 F73 2015

This is the exhibit book  for the recent, eponymous exhibition at the Wadsworth Atheneum Musem of Art in Hartford, Connecticut. This groundbreaking book is the first to look at the site’s enduring status as inspiration for artists throughout the ages, from its inception as an elite seaside resort in the mid-19th century, to its evolution into an entertainment mecca for the masses, with the eventual closing of its iconic amusement park, Astroland, in 2008 after decades of urban decline. The exhibit featured paintings, drawings, photographs, prints, posters, banners, architectural artifacts, carousel animals, film clips, and ephemera from and of Coney Island.

index (1)Harlem Hellfighters, written by J. Patrick Lewis & illustrated by Gary Kelley / PZ7 .L567 Ha 2014

They went by many names, but the world came to know them best as the Harlem Hellfighters. Two thousand strong, these black Americans from New York picked up brass instruments–under the leadership of famed bandleader and lieutenant James Reese Europe–to take the musical sound of Harlem into the heart of war. This remarkable narrative nonfiction rendering of WWI — and American — history uses free-verse poetry and captivating art to tell the century-old story of hellish combat, racist times, rare courage, and inspired music.

index (2)Dirt Candy: A Cookbook, by Amanda Cohen & Ryan Dunlavey, with Grady Hendrix / PN6727.D865 D57 2012

Amanda Cohen does not play by the rules. Her vegetable recipes are sophisticated and daring, beloved by omnivore, vegetarian, and vegan diners alike. Dirt Candy: A Cookbook shares the secrets to making her flavorful dishes–from indulgent Stone-Ground Grits with Pickled Shiitakes and Tempura Poached Egg, to hearty Smoked Cauliflower and Waffles with Horseradish Cream Sauce, to playfully addictive Popcorn Pudding with Caramel Popcorn. It also details Amanda’s crazy story of building a restaurant from the ground up to its currently being one of the hardest-to-get reservations in New York City–all illustrated as a brilliant graphic novel.

index (3)Men in this Town, by Giuseppe Santamaria / TR679 .S23 2014

Men In This Town is a street-style journal capturing men with a distinct look in their natural lifestyle. From five distinct cities around the world–New York, Tokyo, Milan, London, and Sydney–photographer, art director, and blogger Giuseppe Santamaria brings together a unique photographic collection showcasing the styles of the modern man. Giuseppe has chosen a handful of men from each city with a particular, distinct style and photographed them in their various attire, as well as profiled them about their particular approach to fashion and their sense of the menswear scene today.

New Pop-up Books – Game of Thrones, Star Wars, and more

We’ve just acquired some great new pop-up books at the library, and we’re excited to share them. Each of these books is currently featured in the New Books display and is available for check out. We have non-circulating copies in our rare books case as well, so these bad boys can be seen at any time.


got coverGame of Thrones: a pop-up guide to Westeros, by Matthew Reinhart / PZ7 .R2768 Ga 2014



starwars cover 2Star Wars: a pop-up guide to the galaxy, by Matthew Reinhart / PZ7.R2767 Sta 2007



starwars cover 1Star Wars: a galactic pop-up adventure, by Matthew Reinhart / PZ7.R2768 St 2012



peterpan coverPeter Pan : a pop-up adaptation of J.M. Barrie’s original tale, by Robert Sabuda / PZ7.S1178 Pe 2008



alice coverAlice’s Adventures in Wonderland, by Robert Sabuda / PZ7.S1178 Al 2003



fairies coverFairies and Magical Creatures, by Matthew Reinhart and Robert Sabuda / PZ7 .R2768 Fa 2008




A few library staff members had some fun setting the books up in front of our New Books display. Take a look at the videos on our Instagram feed @svalibrary