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Art Courses & Research

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:

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.

Search articles once your topic has focused

This will allow you to use more specific keywords and get more relevant results.

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
  • screenshot of adding museum and site:org to a search

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