ART 260: The Photograph: Background Info

Fall 2020. Professor Barbara McNulty.

Where Should I Begin?

Begin with reference sources: Oxford Art Online is an excellent starting point.

Peter Henry Emerson's At Plough, The End of the Furrow

Reference sources provide the following types of information on virtually any topic:

  • Reliable background information;
  • Criticism;
  • Articles written by subject experts;
  • Dates, timelines, events, people, definitions related to your topic;
  • Biographical information;
  • A list of further readings, normally found at the end of encyclopedia articles.  Use these references as springboards for further research.

Find reference sources by searching Bishop Library's Catalog.  Click on Advanced Search, choose Type, choose Reference.

Image:  Peter Henry Emerson.  At Plough, The End of the Furrow.  1887.  Public Domain. Wikimedia Commons.  


Print encyclopedias & dictionaries, available in Bishop Library.