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Art Therapy

Library resources for students in LMU's Marital and Family Therapy graduate program.

Library Resources for Art Therapy

Welcome! This guide was created to help LMU students and researchers find and use library resources in Art Therapy and related fields. Any feedback, questions, or suggestions are encouraged. 

The LibGuide is designed to work as a checklist. At the beginning, and again during your research, look for books, academic journal articles, and dissertations and theses to inform your literature reviews and other steps in your research process.

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Lit Review and Research Checklist

Use this checklist with the Art Therapy LibGuide. This is an iterative, cyclical process. 


After your first round of collecting sources in the literature, use the ones that are the most relevant and recent to do some citation chasing. Both psycINFO and Google Scholar list what other research has cited a publication. 

Literature from other disciplines: a large amount of relevant literature from disciplines other than art therapy and psychology will be discoverable with OneSearch+. Unlike Google Scholar, you can use limiters in OneSearch+ to focus on discipline specific databases. On the other hand, there is an argument to be made for using those specific databases (Medline, for example) in the first place.

You may also wish to review the libguides belonging to other, relevant disciplines. This will allow you do identify discipline-specific databases that you can then incorporate into second and third iterations of your lit review process.

Other Art Therapy Resources

Writing Assistance

The Academic Resource Center (ARC) offers free writing consultations for students. Their experienced tutors can advise you at any stage in your writing process:

  • Search for scholarly sources
  • Organize your notes and plan your paper
  • Revise drafts for clarity and conciseness
  • Revise drafts for grammar and mechanical errors
  • Incorporate sources more effectively into your text
  • Use the correct documentation style  (APA style)

Please call the ARC at 310-338-2847 to set up an appointment.  (Ask for an APA tutor)

Submitting Your Thesis