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Art History

This guide provides an introduction to resources that support research in the field of art history. You'll find helpful tips and tools to find and access art journals, films, images, exhibition catalogs and reviews, and more!

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Finding Articles

As much as we wished research was quick, linear, and streamlined, it is often quite messy in its early stages and takes us in many directions before we arrive at a thesis or clear direction. Conducting good research requires searching in multiple databases and places for information, especially when your interests intersect with other disciplines or if your methodology includes a historiographical framework and you are searching for an equal amount of primary and secondary sources.

The Articles tab of this research guide includes 4 sub-pages for finding articles, organized thematically by different kinds of library databases and other tools for finding articles of all kinds: visual arts databasesprimary source databases, multidisciplinary databases, and newspaper databases.

Note: UCI Libraries curates many other Research Guides that will link you to discipline-specific databases. You can also browse on  A-Z Database Page, which lists all of UCI's currently subscribed or freely available  databases across all areas of study.

Please note that some databases only index the articles (rather than provide the full-text) which means that you'll have to use the blue and yellow icon that says Get it at UCbutton to run an automated search to find the full text. Often times, the full-text article will be available in a different library database. You can also search by a specific journal title in UC Library Search by selecting "Journals @ UCI" button.