Explore and Research Collections
The Arts and Special Collections Research Center is home to resources for research and performance in music, art, theater, and special collections in all disciplines. Whether you are researching for program notes, a traditional publication, new digital humanities projects, or need inspiration; the Center is ready to help.
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Researchers, students, and visitors are encouraged and welcome to visit and use these unique materials housed here at Baylor University.
In addition to providing extensive collections, the libraries also provide support throughout the research life cycle:
- partner as idea generators
- assist in locating appropriate materials matching your research needs
- support throughout the proposal, writing, and publishing processes
Visit the Explore page for help getting started and tools for finding and exploring collections. General collections are located on open shelves on the 3rd floor of Moody Memorial Library. All special collections materials are available for research to students, faculty, and visitors by way of a scheduled visit. These materials are held in non-public areas for security and need to be pulled for a visit. Schedule a visit here.
What will a visit with special collections look like?
Check out our Plan Your Visit guide. Special Collections cannot be checked out and are used in the Arts Center Reading Room with a staff member present.
Journal articles and databases are key resources for you as you build knowledge in your discipline. Journal articles are accessed through OneSearch or in specific databases. Databases include a wide range of sources including e-journals, e-books, primary source materials, and streaming audio and video.
- Click here for an A-Z list of databases. You can limit this search by using the subject pull down menu and picking ‘music’ or ‘art’, etc.
- Library guides are available to help locate resources and offer instruction for arts subjects, and other tools including using Zotero for citation management, basic searching, and aid in writing papers. The research guide subject list is located here.
- Baylor Biblical Art Database
- Special Collections Inventory Overview
We would love to collaborate with your group or class! Please contact us in advance so we can work with you to select the best sources and instruction for your needs.
Need inspiration? Many of our library guides provide teaching support information.
Check out this portal to some of our online resources that highlights some of our digitized rare collections organized into easy-to-navigate topics.
The Libraries offer a Special Collections Teaching Fellowship to encourage use of primary sources in the classroom. Learn more about our teaching fellowship
Keep up with news and updates on the Connect with Arts and Special Collections Research Center Blog