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Guide to art and architecture resources

How to Begin Researching

Oxford Art Online

An encyclopedia is an excellent resource to do background research on your topic and gather keywords that will be useful for other sources and databases. 

Formerly known as Grove Art Online, this is a great place to begin research or assist course studies. Oxford Art Online is considered to be the most comprehensive art reference work in the world. Provides fully searchable text and thousands of image links. From prehistory to the 1990s.

Getting Started with Art Research

Perhaps you have never done research for an art or art history specific course before. The way we think about art and artists is not about how successful they are, but in the relationships that the styles and movements have with others, in the features that make up a unique artistic/architectural movement or style, and how those movements or styles relate to the larger context of the historical, religious, or political world.