FYE 1080: Art, Architecture & the Urban Environment


Reference Books on Art

Oakdale reference books are on the first floor of the Oakdale library.

Atkins, R. (1997). Art speak: A guide to contemporary ideas, movements, and buzzwords, 1945 to the present. New York: Abbeville Press. Using a who-what-when-where approach, the author illustrates the various artistic genres, movements, and vocabulary of the world of contemporary art from 1945 until the present.
Reference N6490.A87 1997

Atkins, R. (1993). Art spoke: A guide to modern ideas, movements, and buzzwords, 1848–1944. New York: Abbeville Press. This companion volume to Art Speak uses the same format of who-what-when-where to illuminate the art movements of 1848 to 1944.
Reference N6447.A85 1993

Dempsey, A. (2002). Art in the modern era : A guide to styles, schools & movements 1860 to the present. New York: Harry Abrams. Covers schools and movements that developed in the arts from the start of the Civil War to the 21st century, including Futurism, Dadaism, and the Kitchen Sink School.
Reference N6490 .D415 2002

Gardner, H. (2003). Gardner’s art through the ages: The western perspective. Belmont, CA: Thomason/Wadsworth. This textbook is a classic for the study of art history. It was designed for an undergraduate survey course and covers all periods with a focus on Europe and the west.
Reference N5300 .G25 2003

Honour, H., & Fleming, J. (1995). The visual arts: A history. New York: Abrahms. This resources covers art throughout the ages and across the world. It includes a helpful glossary and a bibliography of other resources.
Reference N5300 .H68 1995

Janson, H.W., & Janson, A.F. (1997). History of art. New York: Harry N. Abrams. This comprehensive volume covers the world of art. It presents its topic by breaking it into time periods, such as “The Ancient World” or “The Modern World,” and then taking a detailed look at the movements and places within each period. It has a decidedly western slant as Asian art is not included.
Reference N5300 .J3 1997.

Roberts, H.E. (Ed.). (1998). Encyclopedia of comparative iconography: Themes depicted in works of art. Chicago: Fitzroy Dearborn. Entries are written by experts in the field of the arts. Essays cover artists’ uses and interpretations of themes from mythology, religion, and literature across time and culture.
Reference N7565 .E53 1998

Sayre, H.M. (2002). Writing about art. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall. This simple volume provides guidance to writers in how to describe and interpret art so that their writings will have impact. It details all steps of the writing process from selecting a work of art, to researching it, to writing.
Reference N7476 .S29 2002

Ward, G. W. R. (2008). The Grove encyclopedia of materials and techniques in art. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Reference N8510 .G76 2008

Reference Books Online

Grove Art Online Now part of Oxford Art Online, this database includes The Oxford Companion to Western Art, Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, and The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms.

Bloomsbury Guide to Art Information on the history of art and architecture.

Credo searches a number of encyclopedias and reference books, including The Bridgeman Art Library Archive.

Britannica Encyclopedia general encyclopedia.

Biography in Context all purpose source for biographies, including many artists.

Finding Articles

Use the Library’s databases to search for articles from journals, magazines and newspapers. These two are good places to start:

Academic Search Premier contains full text of a number of art-related journals and magazines, including Art in America.

Jstor includes past issues of the Metropolitan Museum Journal

You can pick a different database by using our subject guide.


These links will take you into a database search for each of the specific magazines and journals listed. You can add keywords to each search once you’re inside. Check the Journal Locator to see if we have access to another specific journal title.

Citing Your Resources

Doing ethical research means citing sources. It is critical to credit writers for their work and their contributions to your research. To not do so is unethical and leads to plagiarism - unintentionally or not. Here are some sources to help you cite properly and to avoid the problem of plagiarism.

  • MLA Citation Style
    These websites will help you format your citations in MLA (Modern Language Association) style. This is the format used in the arts and humanities.
  • Why Cite?
    This video gives you more background on why you need to cite sources in your papers.
  • Tips on avoiding plagiarism
  • Turnitin
    Turnitin is a service that faculty and students use to detect and avoid plagiarism in their writing.
  • NoodleBib
    NoodleBib is an online resource that will help you format MLA and APA bibliographies, exporting them directly to your word processing program.

Web Sites

  • Smithsonian Institution
    Information about the Smithsonian museums, zoo, research centers, cultural centers, exhibits, events and collections. Also available are online documentaries, blogs, and stories from Smithsonian Magazine.

  • The Prado Museum, Spain
    Information about the collections of Spain’s national museum, the Prado Museum in Madrid. Includes photos of selected works and exhibitions. Spanish and English versions are available.

  • Steven Spielberg Jewish Film Archive
    Contains a searchable catalog as well as a dedicated section to the Holocaust. Created in conjunction with The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
    Links to past, present and future exhibits, events, and art history information. Conservation, archaeological, and curatorial sections are also provided. A link geared toward college students is available under the “Learn” heading.

  • Art Project, powered by Google
    Take a virtual tour through museum collections. Museums include the Hong Kong Museum of Art and Art Gallery of Ontario.

  • Art21 | PBS
    Information on contemporary visual art, including video and film. Guides for educators are also available.

  • The Tate Museum, London
    The Tate holds the national collection of British art from 1500 and of international modern art. All works can be found on this site, each with its own information page.

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