Your local library is an excellent source of additional information. The information included in this section will help you research tattoos at the library. Many libraries have web sites, and you may be able to complete much of your search online. Your local Reference Librarian will be able to help you find additional sources of information and can show you how to use any of the electronic sources you might not be familiar with.
If you do not already have a particular book or author in mind, do a subject search in the library catalog using the following subjects for the best results:
If you simply want to browse the shelves in the library, first find out whether your library uses the Library of Congress Classification System (like most college and university libraries) or the Dewey Decimal Classification System (like most k-12 school and public libraries). Try looking at the shelves in these call number areas to find relevant books.
Library of Congress Browsing Areas:
Dewey Browsing Areas:
Many scholarly articles have been written on tattooing in a variety of journals and fields. If you are doing in depth research on the topic, do not forget to search for scholarly articles in addition to books. The following electronic indexes are available at many large libraries and will help you locate articles. Start your search in these resources by using either "tattooing" as a subject or by using "tattoo" as a keyword. Check with your local library. If they don't have these resources, the reference librarian will be able to point you to the best resources available at that particular library.
Tattooing Book. Voodoo Tattoo Studios. 15 December 2003. http://www.voodootattoostudios.com/tattoos2.html
Curly's Tattoos. Tattoo Club of Great Britain. 16 December 2003.http://www.tattoo.co.uk/gallery.htm