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Art Guide: Finding Background Information

Print Reference Books for Art


Reference books are a great place to start your research, since they provide background information such as topic overviews and definitions. Use Reference Universe to help start your research. For in-depth research in your topic, use the Finding Articles tab to search the library's online databases for journal articles and the Finding Books tab to search the online catalog for books.

This is a sample of available print resources covering a wide variety of topics in Art.


Databases for Background Information including Electronic Reference Books

Oxford Reference Online:

Bringing together 2 million digitized entries across Oxford’s DictionariesCompanions and EncyclopediasOxford Reference is a great place to start your research.




Credo Reference: 

A searchable collection of reference books.