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Information Resources for Art & Art History


This guide will lead you to the best information resources in Art and Art History.

Van Gogh's Starry Night

Image: Vincent van Gogh, The Starry Night,  1889 .  Wikimedia Commons, Public domain.

Where Should I Begin?

Begin your search in reference sources.

Good background information may be found in reference sources. Start your search for information in Oxford Art Online, a collection of full-text art reference sources.


  • Journal articles provide in-depth information, new research, or current information about very specialized topics.  
  • Newspaper articles are useful for exhibition reviews, media coverage of artists/art, monitoring the popular reception to art.   

Books and eBooks help put your topic in context with other important issues, summarize research, and often provide a bibliography.

The Catalogs tab provides sources for Auction Catalogs, Auction Records, Catalogues Raisonnés, Corpora, and Museum Catalogs.

Dissertations provide in-depth lengthy scholarly research on narrow topics.   

The Images tab provides links to image databases, information on how to search for embedded images, and websites that contain image collections.

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