Reference sources are available in general or subject specific contexts and in print or online formats. You need to evaluate each source and determine which are helpful to you and appropriate for you to use.
Reference materials are good starting points for research projects because they can provide:
background or introductory information on a topic
terminology or additional keywords to use in further searches
a bibliography listing other materials on a topic
Below are selected reference books about Art & Art History. Be sure to browse the main shelves in the McQuade basement between call numbersN andNX to find more print materials.
This electronic resource includes over 1700 full-text, cross-searchable books in the humanities selected by scholars for their continuing importance for research and teaching. Topics include archaeology and art history.
A digital library of more than one million images in the areas of art, architecture, the humanities, and social sciences with a set of tools to view, present, and manage images for research and pedagogical purposes.
Authoritative reference content (including Lives & Perspectives) with periodicals and multimedia organized into a user-friendly portal experience while also allowing users to search for people based on name, occupation, nationality, ethnicity, birth/death dates and places, or gender as well as keyword and full text.
A comprehensive online reference resource for all aspects of the visual arts worldwide from prehistory to the present day! Now available through the Oxford Art Online gateway, Grove Art Online features over 45,000 signed articles, 5,500 images, 40,000 image links, timelines of world art, MoMA lesson plans, and links to ARTstor and Art Resource.