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Art History

The Art History Research Guide

  • Refer to this guide at any point in your art history appreciation, reading, research papers, reference materials, analyzing individual artworks, or a specific artist, trend, technique, or practice. 
  • Includes sources across information formats from books to periodicals, databases, websites, and image collections. 
  • Read more about writing for art history including artist statements, research papers, analysis, and criticism.
  • Guide curation continually evolves to clearly distinguish art historical time periods, trends, styles, trends, artists, and regions.
  • If you don't see something, contact a librarian for additional support.

Art History Information Resources


  • More than a general encyclopedia, specialized styles or historical encyclopedias include detailed entries on artists, styles, or movements alongside cultural context. In addition, rely on these thoroughly researched bibliographies and reference lists within specialized encyclopedias.
  • Monographs - books dedicated to a single artist or catalog raisonne.
  • Museum and exhibition catalogs
  • eBook collections include a sample of rare and digitized book collections.

Journals & Periodicals

  • Art historical periodicals/journals and magazines provide a forum for contemporary interpretation and critique of artists, individual works, exhibitions, and gallery reviews. Search across 1000s journals using indexed and/or full-text databases. See also, Architecture and Design Databases


  • Art historical websites host information from artists' personal websites, through auction houses, podcasts, video records, museums, archives, and image library collections. Major research portals and museum collectionssuch as the Getty Institute provide all types of collections. Read carefully, to understand the contextual results from your keyword search. Use the website navigation and advanced search tools to locate rare collections. Some collections remain behind a paywall or are limited by local servers due to copyright restrictions. 
  • Trace the history of individual works of art through art sales and provenance research 
  • Video and Documentaries 

See Also, Images & Media Guide for more on finding Images.

Databases & Reference Sources


Documentaries & Videos

OER for Architecture, Art, and Design

Art Sales and Art Provenance Research

Art History at Regional Libraries

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