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Getting Started with Art History Research

Hello! This guide was designed to point you to resources for art historical and visual arts research. Art History is an incredibly vast discipline - geographically, historically, and intellectually. There are so many amazing resources to support you with your research, ideas, and information needs. The tabs along the top of this guide will point you to many resources and various types of information. It can feel like a lot! So if you are just getting started, I recommend browsing this tabbed box with 1 recommended resource in each category. And as always, I'm here to help! :)

 Oxford Art Online Lock Icon(Background Information, Artist Biographies)

  • Includes access to the Benezit Dictionary of Artists (artist biographies + more!)
  • Includes access to Grove Art Online (artists, movements, periods, topical overviews)
  • Detailed bibliographies and exhibition histories in many artist entries.

Oxford Bibliographies: Art History Lock Icon(Comprehensive bibliographies)

  • A reliable and comprehensive resource for  bibliographic guidance.
  • Spans all periods in art and global coverage of topics.
  • Compiled by leading scholars on all aspects of art history. more on the "Getting Started" page of this guide!

Art & Architecture E-Portal Lock Icon(Excellent for remote learning - Art History eBooks!)

  • A collection of exhibition catalogs and art books/criticism/theory.
  • 200 eBooks available + growing!
  • Many we own in print, but now you can access these remotely.


...For more tips and strategies, visit the page about finding scholarly books and artist monographs, exhibition catalogs, catalogue raisonnes, and a growing page of books that intersect art & social justice!

Art & Architecture Source Lock Icon (Scholarly Articles, Exhibition Reviews, Artist Interviews)

  • The largest full-text database covering visual arts and easy to use!
  • You'll find scholarly articles, exhibition reviews, artist interviews, etc.
  • Strong international coverage as well.


...for more art specific databases to find articles visit the Art Databases page, or visit the or the Art Journals page which lists various academic art journals and art magazines.

Artstor Digital Library Lock Icon(Artworks and images online)

  • A digital library of images and artworks licensed for educational use!
  • Images are contributed by many museums & libraries globally.
  • High resolution for analysis and other fun tools.


...For more resources on finding images online via the library or open access/digitized collections, visit the Images LibGuide!

Art & Visual Studies Subject Guide

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