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* Art & Art History: Background Information

art information and art historical research

Art History Reference Sources

The best place to start familiarizing yourself with an art history topic is an reference source.

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Oxford Art Online, an online subscription resource the library subscribes to, is the best general reference source for art history. Always start there if you have access through your library!


Here are a few other reference sources that can all be found online for free:


     Heilbrun TOAH


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Biographical info on artists

Many more art research guides

Find a large number of other art-related subject guides here.

Online arts resources in the time of the COVID-19 pandemic

Click here to access some of our favorites at the UKL Little Fine Arts Library in addition to using all the ones linked in your own networks.