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This guide contains recommended books, free websites, film, and databases—collections of scholarly journal articles and other resources—that support research in the field of Art History.
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General Databases

All these library databases are also useful for fiinding articles on art history.  The Oxford Reference Online collection has several excellent reference works on art, art history and the classics.  You can look up definitions, find out about historical figures and eras, and find scholarly background information on your topic.

    Art and Art History Databases

    You may use these library databases to retrieve images of art objects and artifacts, complete with documentation, as well as articles from scholarly journals.


    500 Years of Women in Art by Phillip Scott Johnson

    This is just for fun, but it does nicely illustrate different periods of art. 


    Reference Books

    Reference books can be useful in helping you decide on an art or artifact to study.  They can also give you in-depth information on artists, periods in art history and timelines.  These books are housed in the Rush Library, Lee Campus.

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    1001 paintings you must see before you die - General editor, Stephen Farthing ; preface by Geoff Dyer
    Call Number: REF ND1145 .A15 2007 Lee Campus
    ISBN: 0789315246
    960 pages : illustrations (chiefly color ) ; 22 centimeters

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    Arts and Humanities Through the Eras
    Call Number: REF NX448 .A747 Lee Campus
    ISBN: 078765695X
    Vol 1. Ancient Egypt, 2675-332 B.C.E.
    Vol 2. Ancient Greece and Rome, 1200 B.C.E.-476 C.E.
    Vol 3. Medieval Europe, 814-1450
    Vol 4. Renaissance Europe, 1300-1600
    Vol 5. The age of the Baroque and nlightenment 1600-1800

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    Encyclopedia of world art. - Edited by Bernard S. Myers
    Call Number: REF N31 .E4833 Lee Campus
    This superb 17-volume encyclopedia is a translation of Enciclopedia universale dell’ arte.
    The English edition is published by McGraw Hill, c. 1959-1987.

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    Janson's History of Art , 7th ed. - Penelope J. E. Davies, et. al.
    Call Number: REF N5300 .J3 2007, Circ N5300 .J3 2007
    ISBN: 0131934554
    xxxi, 1111 pages , [various pagings] : illustrations (chiefly color ), maps (chiefly color ) ; 30 centimeters

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    Oxford Companion to Western Art - Hugh Brigstock
    Call Number: REF N33 .O923 2001 Lee Campus
    ISBN: 0198662033
    xvii, 820 pages , [48] pages of plates : illustrations (some color ), portraits ; 29 centimeters
    Primary focus is European art prior to WWI.

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