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Art History 201: World Civilization to 1500: Background

Getting Started

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".

Encyclopedias & Dictionaries

      

Print Reference Sources | Humanities Reference, level 5

  

GET HELP



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RefWorks

Create and format your own bibliography of articles, books, or websites; import references from databases and use the style guide of your choice!