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Art History

This guide contains library resources on the history of Art, as well as links to internal and external sources on these subjects

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Guide Editor

Jennifer Stevenson edited and updated this guide Fall 2022.

Subject-Focused Encyclopedias

Need to select a research topic or find background information?  

The Reference Collection includes a variety of different sources, such as: subject-focused encyclopedias, handbooks, almanacs, maps/atlases, statistical compendiums, dictionaries, and more. Look here to find introductory articles on subject-related topics. The broad perspective offered by such articles often proves helpful for narrowing research topics before pursuing more in-depth information. 

This guide provides some recommendations for encyclopedias and other reference resources that might provide helpful information relating to your topic.

Recommended Subject-Focused Encyclopedias

A Little History of Art

Electronic Resource 2022

African American Arts

Electronic Resource 2019

Architecture and Control

Electronic Resource 2018

Art and Society in Italy 1350-1500

Nancy Thompson Learning Commons (Library)

Reference Collection Section - 2nd Floor 1997

Art in China

Nancy Thompson Learning Commons(Library) 

Reference Collection Section - 2nd Floor 1997

Art in Europe, 1700-1830

Nancy Thompson Learning Commons(Library)

Reference Collection Section - 2nd Floor 1997

The Architecture of Art History

Electronic Resource 2018

Encyclopedia of 20th-Century Architecture

Nancy Thompson Learning Commons(Library) Electronic Resource Electronic Link 
Volumes 1-3 (2003)

Postwar Italian Art History Today

Electronic Resource 2018

Recommended Online Encyclopedia Databases

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Recommended Image Databases

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