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Art: A Research Guide

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Find background information                         Citation guides

Find articles and essays                                

To use the links in this guide off campus go to The High Library web page and click on Database access from outside E-town network.

These are only some of the sources that may be useful to you. For further help with your research,  AskUs at the High Library, or call the Reference Desk at ext. 1461.

Find books

The High Library catalog will help you to find books, videos, CDs, and other materials.

For books not available at the High Library, use WorldCat.

        Find background information

                                                                            Encyclopedias, Dictionaries, Biographies

          Art Information and the Internet: How to Find It, How to Use It.  Lois Swan Jones, 1999.  Ref 025.067 J77a

          Contemporary Artists, Joanne Cerrito, ed., 1996.  Ref 709.2 C761 1996

          Contemporary Women Artists, Laurie Collier Hillstrom and Kevin Hillstrom, eds., 1999.  Ref 709.22 C761

          The Dictionary of Art, Jane Turner, ed. Groves, 34 vols., 1996-  Ref 703 D554

          Dictionary of Contemporary American Artists, Paul Cummings,  1994.  Ref 709.22 C971d6

          Encyclopedia of Latin American and Caribbean Art, Jane Turner, ed., 1999.  Ref 709.803 En56

          Encyclopedia of World Art, 1957-1987, 17 vols.  Ref 703 En19

          International Dictionary of Art and Artists, James Vinson, ed., 2 vols., 1990.  Ref 703 In61

          The Oxford Companion to Christian Art and Architecture, Peter and Linda Murray, 1996.  Ref 704.9482 M983o

          The Oxford Companion to Twentieth-century Art, Harold Osborne, ed.,  1981  Ref 709.04 Ox98

          The Oxford Dictionary of Art, Ian Chilvers and Harold Osborne, eds., 1988  Ref 703 Ox982   

          Visual Arts Research: a Handbook, Elizabeth B. Pollard, 1986  Ref 707.2 P771v

          The Yale Dictionary of Art and Artists, Erika Langmuir, 2000.  Ref 703 L989y      

Find articles and essays

Indexes and Abstracts

Academic Search Premier 
This multi-disciplinary database indexes over 8100 journals and provides full text for 4700 journals.

Art Index
Covering about 200 journals, this index gives citations to articles in art, architecture, art history, industrial and interior design, film, photography and related fields.  It is located in the index area of the Reference Room.

Essay and General Literature Index
An index to essays published in collections, this work covers the arts, linguistics, literature and other areas of the humanities. It is located in the index area of the Reference Room.

Humanities International Complete. 1925+. Find articles covering literature, philosophy, the arts, history, and culture.

This database has the full text of journals from volume one until the past 3 to 5 years. The Arts & Sciences I collection contains 119 titles and Arts and Sciences III contains 150 titles in language and literature, as well as important titles in the fields of music, film studies, folklore, performing arts, religion, and the history and study of art and architecture.

Find Internet Sites

To use the links in this guide, go to: http://www2.etown.edu/library/art.htm

American Memory

Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Art History Resources on the Web  A comprehensive site covering all time periods and including examples of artists' works.


Artlex Art Dictionary.  Art-related definitions with examples and illustrations.

Image collections and online art

Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Online

Metropolitan Museum of Art

MOMA: Museum of Modern Art

National Gallery of Art

New York Public Library Digital Gallery

SILS- University of Michigan

Timeline of Art History   A complete history of art with links to each time period with examples.

VADS: the online resource for visual arts

Wikimedia Commons


Boston University - Finding Images on the Web    An excellent and well-researched guide to finding images on the web.

Citation Guides

High Library citation resources

Course Guides    Art 270

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