CUNY SPS: Museum Studies


Welcome to the Museum Studies research guide. Here you will find useful information to conduct research for your courses, such as eBooks, journals, online resources and more. To get started, navigate through the above tabs.

Reference Resources

Encyclopedias and Dictionaries

Course E-Reserves

Find assigned resources for your classes, like books, media, articles, and more.

Electronic reserve materials (such as articles, book chapters we've scanned, etc.) are available online in our e-reserve system. You can access e-reserves from anywhere by logging in with your course password and SPS username and password. For the course password, ask your professor or call the reserve desk at (646) 312-1660 for help.

Find the list of SPS classes that have e-reserves here.

Museum Related Search Terms

In OneSearch and in individual databases you can focus your search by changing "All Fields" to "Subject" and type in your desired subject. Some examples of Museum related subject terms:

  • Antiquities
  • Aquariums
  • Arboetums
  • Art
  • Art Museums
  • Artists
  • Botanical Gardens
  • Collection and preservation
  • Collectors and collecting
  • Community Museums
  • Contemporary Art Museums
  • Copyright -- Art
  • Cultural Property --Protection
  • Decorative Art Museums
  • Fine Arts Museums
  • Gardens
  • Grants-in-aid
  • Historical Museums
  • Human History Museums
  • interactive Museums
  • Law and art
  • Marine Museums
  • Military Museums
  • Museography
  • Museology
  • Museum
  • Museum Management
  • Museum Studies
  • Museums
  • Natural History Museums
  • Research Grants
  • Science and Technology Museums
  • Science Museums
  • Traveling Museum Exhibits
  • War Museums
  • Zoos

Other keywords of interest:

  • Art Theft
  • Cultural Institutions
  • Finance, Development, Grants
  • House Museums

You may also try adding on the following subject connections:

  • Administration
  • Audiences
  • Collections Management
  • Conservation
  • Educational Aspects
  • Exhibitions
  • Exhibits
  • History
  • Law and Legislation
  • Management
  • Moral and ethical aspects
  • Patrons
  • Planning
  • Security Measures
  • Social Aspects
  • Techniques
  • Technology
  • Visitors



OneSearch allows users to cast a wide net and search across many databases at the same time. You can specify whether you want to search books, articles or everything* (*see details about what this means on the OneSearch Hacks tab above).

  • Connect your keywords with AND or OR (keep them in caps): Eg: Museum OR Museums AND Social aspects
  • Use quotation marks around specific phrases
  • Go to "Advanced Search" to search by title, author, subject or ISBN
  • Filter your results by date, resource type, subject and more (see "OneSearch Hacks" tab above)