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Getting Started

These online resources can be used to find background material on your topic.

Common Literature Types

Researchers look to reference materials for:

  • bibliographies
  • exhibition histories
  • biographical information
  • authoritative background information


Reference Materials

Type What You'll Find Examples



  • chronological information
  • in-depth descriptions of movements and styles
  • biographical information for artists and designers
  • background information

Encyclopedia of Aesthetics

Encyclopedia of Nineteenth-Century Photography

Encyclopedia of Native American Artists

Grove Encyclopedia of Islamic Art and Architecture



  • definitions of art and design terms
  • biographical information for artists and designers
  • explanations of movements and styles
  • background information

Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms

Dictionary of Art

Yale Dictionary of Art and Artists

Dictionary of Subjects and Symbols in Art

Dictionary of Modern Design



  • comprehensive lists
  • biographical information for artists and designers
  • information on physical locations of art and design works

Sculpture Index

Index to Artistic Biography

Historical Art Index, A.D. 400-1650

The Black Artist in America: An Index to Reproductions