1. FIND BACKGROUND INFORMATION
Look through background sources to identify specific artists or works of art. Reference books are located by the Humanities Help Desk, level 5, and online sources are listed below. Browse/search by time period, country, style, or topic. Ex: Giotto (in Oxford Art Online)
2. FIND BOOKS (LIBRARY CATALOG)
Browse by medium, nationality, and century in ScholarSearch or the Library Catalog. Ex:
s= Painting, Italian--14th century
3. FIND ARTICLES
To find scholarly articles in academic journals, you need to use periodical indexes. Start with ArtSource and JSTOR. (See "Articles" tab)
4. FIND IMAGES
You can also browse visually by century and location in any of the Image Databases in this guide. Start with Artstor with keywords for topic, style, time period, etc. Ex: annunciation
5. SELECT AN ARTIST/OR WORK OF ART
Once you identify an artist, look for books in the Library Catalog. If you can't find a whole book about the artist, look for books on the time period, style, etc.
Consult other Subject Guides as appropriate, for Classical Studies, Architecture, Iconography, etc. listed under "Related Guides".