VIS 1001-1002: World Art, I, II

Dictionaries & Encyclopedias

Use these reference sources to get a good background understanding on your topic, generate ideas, and identify keywords for further searching.

Art Encyclopedias

Credo Reference searches over 500 encyclopedias, guides, and dictionaries.

List of Art Reference Books at Dowling

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Books for VIS 1001

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Tips:

  • Combine words with and to narrow your search (Renaissance and Florence)
  • Combine words with or to broaden your search (medieval or middle ages)
  • Search phrases in quotes: “blue period”, “middle east”
  • Use an * to truncate a word and search variations on it: art* will find art, arts, artist, artistic, artifact…

Books for VIS 1002

You can search by keywords to find books.
Tips:

  • Combine words with and to narrow your search (Renaissance and Florence)
  • Combine words with or to broaden your search (medieval or middle ages)
  • Search phrases in quotes: “blue period”, “middle east”
  • Use an * to truncate a word and search variations on it: art* will find art, arts, artist, artistic, artifact…

Search the MET

Connections@Metropolitan Museum of Art

Talks by curators about various topics and artworks.

Metropolitan Museum of Art Collections

Search and browse the Met’s collections online.

Metropolitan Museum Journal

Publishes research on artwork in the Met. Access via JSTOR (full text from 1968–2010)

Find Articles

The resources listed below provide articles, both full text and abstracted, from numerous publications that will be helpful in your research efforts.

Art Full Text
JSTOR
ProQuest Research: Arts

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Web Sites


  • 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.


  • Smithsonian Institution
    The Smithsonian Institution’s “Explore and Learn” page for Art and Design leads to countless resources. Select an artistic field, region or culture, and find extensive imagery, online exhibits, archive access, research databases and more.


  • The Cloisters
    Metropolitan Museum of Art guide to The Cloisters, including the Cloisters’ floorplan and an overview of its collections.


  • Brooklyn Museum of Art
    Brooklyn Museum of Art home page includes information about collections, current exhibitions, Museum news, competitions, and directions to the Museum. Highlights include the Museum’s blog and the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art.


  • Artcyclopedia
    A commercial site providing a comprehensive index of artists represented at hundreds of museum sites, image archives, and online resources.


  • New York Public Library: Art History Research Guide
    NYPL provides extensive support for any researcher of an art period, movement, artist, or individual work of art. A step-by-step approach to understanding the process and finding useful information. Well worth exploring.



  • Mother of All Art History Links Pages
    Links to universities, museums, and art history research resources. Maintained by Patrick Young, Department of Art History at the University of Michigan.


  • Museum of Modern Art
    This site presents highlights from the Museum’s extensive collections. Areas include Architecture and Design, Drawings, Film and Media, Painting and Sculpture, Photography, and Illustrated Books.


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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.

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Last updated March 31, 2014, at 10:46 AM by Chris