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Historical artists and topics
Use encyclopedias to start a historical topic
- See samples of art works
- The usual: background, keyword, context, and further source recommendations
Look in print and in the databases:
Grove Dictionary of Art (print)
Call Number: Reference 703 D561
All major artists and art styles through history up to 1996. Biographies, work overviews, samples, and recommended reading.
All other art encyclopedias will be next to this one on the shelf.
Britannica Academic This link opens in a new window
Reference articles, photographs, maps, and more, all produced in collaboration with experts, scholars, and educators under rigorous editorial review.
Credo Reference This link opens in a new window
Full-text of over 1,000 reference works (encyclopedias, dictionaries, etc).
Books and documentaries
Move to books & documentaries for in-depth info
Browse the collection in person in three areas: General 1st Floor, Oversize, and DVDs, at 700-779.
Search OneSearch (includes ebooks), WorldCat (libraries of the world), and streaming databases for more.
Incorporate subject terms into your search to enhance your results.
WorldCat This link opens in a new window
Search libraries around the world! Order for free using the ILL link.
AVON Academic Video Online This link opens in a new window
Streaming video database with more than 62,000 multidisciplinary video titles--documentaries, interviews, news series.
Kanopy This link opens in a new window
NEW MEDIATED ACCESS 6/1/21The entire Kanopy collection can be searched, but you will have to fill out a request form on the film's page and wait for approval in order to view. This is free to you but does necessitate planning ahead. Contact the library with any questions!
Kanopy is a streaming database of over 30,000 ad-free films--feature films, foreign films, documentaries, and more.
Search articles once your topic has focused
This will allow you to use more specific keywords and get more relevant results.
JSTOR This link opens in a new window
Always use "Advanced Search." For most efficient results, limit to "Articles" only.
America: History & Life This link opens in a new window
US and Canadian topics--prehistory to the present. Scholarly; some full-text.
Historical Abstracts This link opens in a new window
NON-North American topics--1450-present. Scholarly; some full-text.
Art in America
This is a magazine in our Casual Reading Area. US and international art news, issues, exhibitions, and feature pieces on contemporary artists or the occasional historical artist.
ProQuest One Academic This link opens in a new window
Extensive collection of journals, ebooks, dissertations, news, video and primary sources from 1970 to the present. Includes ProQuest Central, ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global, Academic Complete, and Academic Video Online.
Use museum websites to your advantage
Museum websites can be a treasure trove of information. Scholars of art, history, or museology write the descriptions and essays for museum websites.
- Lib Hack: use museum and site:org in your keywords
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