Scholarly Text from Private Sources

Additional Benefits to the Public




Few libraries hold numerous scholarly texts related to American art. Resource Library readers from all corners of America and the world have access to extensive texts and images provided by many institutional and private sources. Click here to view an estimate of TFAO's total quantity of image and text files. Some text files contain many thousands of words.
TFAO is unaware of any other online source of information within its field of interest that provides indexes with the depth of those found on TFAO's website. TFAO indexes articles and essays in up to five ways. Readers may access thousands of texts published online in Resource Library via Topics in American Art, a TFAO catalogue which lists all articles and essays. Topics also explains how to research topics not listed. Texts are also listed by source in the Art Museum, Gallery and Art Center Index, the Author Study and Index, which lists articles and essays by author name, and the Chronological Index, which lists articles and essays by date of publication. Also, if a Resource Library text discusses deceased American artists, it may be referenced in America's Distinguished Artists, a TFAO catalogue.
All content in Resource Library is accessible by search engines, sharply reducing time needed to find relevant information when compared to other methods.
Privacy of users is important to TFAO. User tracking cookies are not installed by TFAO on its website. A benefit of avoiding cookies is accelerated page access. TFAO users access pages very quickly, often within a fraction of a second. There is no time lost to cookie site communication. The high quality of servers used by TFAO also accelerates page access.
Resource Library's "word-wrap" method of online content presentation allows widths of lines of text to automatically adjust to fit all screen sizes. Pages to be easily read on all devices that connect to the Web including smartphones and tablets. (left and right: the Apple iPhone and iPad, which contain Web browsers, are examples of devices that provides access to the full contents of TFAO's web site. Images courtesy Apple Computer)

Aid for the handicapped

Visual impaired individuals can easily increase the size of Resource Library texts they are reading on the screen. This benefit is possible by the way in which Resource Library publishes articles and essays.

Multimedia connectivity

In Resource Library editor's notes following many articles and essays are links to earlier articles and essays published in Resource Library related to the subject of the texts. Also, links are made to appropriate Topics in American Art, which contain links to online texts from sources outside of Resource Library, online audio and video materials, plus references to DVD videos and paper-printed books and magazine articles. Links are also provided to America's Distinguished Artists to enable readers to access further biographical information on artists referenced in the articles and essays.

Offline reading convenience

Some individuals prefer to print on paper texts for later reading. Other individuals find uncomfortable the reading of lengthy texts on a computer screen. For these reasons Resource Library makes possible the option of printing online contents on paper.


One of the features of Resource Library's method of presentation is that every published page can be easily translated to a variety of languages through simple online instructions.

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