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Fine Art and Curatorial Practice

A library guide to support studio practice and research in fine art and curatorial studies

Recommended sources for Drawing

Featured books

Journals and magazines

What is a journal?

  • Journals are ongoing publications also known as serials or periodicals.
  • Journals allow researchers and scholars to report their findings and ideas. Theories and ideas circulating in contemporary visual culture will be discussed in journal articles.
  • Some journals are peer-reviewed or 'refereed'. Articles in these journals have been evaluated by specialists or experts within academia and / or industry.
  • Journal articles often start with an 'abstract' - a brief summary of the article. 
  • Journal articles are often considered 'academic' or 'scholarly' sources, however magazines and 'trade journals' are usually not. You can read more about evaluating a journal article's quality on the Art, Design and Architecture Theory guide.
  • Many journals are available through Monash in electronic format, and some of these also have print copies in the Library. There are other journals which are only available in print - browse the shelves on Level 4 of the Caulfield Library's journal section.

A selection of key journals on this topic, both Australian and international, are provided below. These journals are available electronically unless otherwise stated. Some electronic journals may also be available in print.

Key databases

Research databases are organised collections of digital information that can be easily searched, such as journal articles, books, or images. Unlike a general Google search, using a database means you can be sure the information you find is high-quality and reliable. Finding 'scholarly' resources is also easier through a database. There are many different databases, which include different content. Once you choose a database, use keywords on your topic to search. Then try using the 'filter' options, such as publication date, content type, or subject area to refine your results.

Selected websites for Drawing

Browse the shelves

The Monash libraries use the Dewey Decimal Classification scheme to organise books and journals. A call number is printed on a sticker, attached to the book's spine. It classifies an item by subject. They are used so resources on the same topic are grouped together on the shelf, which makes it easier to browse materials in the same subject area. A call number shows you the exact position of the item within the Library - each shelf has a range of numbers listed on it.

Browse the following call numbers in the Caulfield Library:

  • 604.2  Technical drawing
  • 611.0022  Anatomy
  • 720.284  Architectural drawing
  • 741  Drawing and drawings
  • 741.01 Drawing philosophy and theory 
  • 741.2  Techniques, procedures, apparatus, equipment, materials
  • 741.5  Cartoons, caricatures, comics
  • 741.6  Graphic design, illustration, commercial art
  • 741.672  Fashion drawing
  • 741.9  Collections of drawings by artists, countries, periods
  • 742  Perspective in drawing
  • 743  Drawing and drawings by subject
  • 743.4  Drawing human figures
  • 743.6  Drawing animals
  • 743.7  Drawing plants
  • 743.8  Drawing other subjects
  • 743.9  Collections of drawings by subject (Iconography)  

Search on a topic

To find items by subject :

  1. Go to Advanced Search on the Library website
  2. Change the drop down box from 'Any field' to 'Subject'

Some example subjects you could try searching for:

  • Anatomy artistic
  • Architectural drawing technique
  • Drawing 20th century
  • Drawing 21st century
  • Drawing technique
  • Figure drawing
  • Human figure in art
  • Illustration of books
  • Landscape drawing
  • Perspective