Guides and Encyclopedias
Getting started in Art and Art History research
To research topics in art and art history, a wide variety of library resources are necessary. Art research encompasses the study of painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, design, graphic arts, and it draws on other subjects such as geography, anthropology, and mass media.
Navigate through the tabs at the top of this guide to discover and gain access to reference encyclopedias and dictionaries, books, journals, research databases, and web resources. You will also find helpful tips and strategies to search on databases and evaluate information you find over the internet. The tab for Image Resources offers links to many online sources of images which you can incorporate in your coursework.
***Several significant portions of this guide were created by Claire Dannenbaum and Dan Macnaughtan of Lane Community College.
Hans Bellmer, The Hand Hat (from the book, Le Surréalisme), circa 1947. Image courtesy of ARTstor.
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