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Art History

Art History subject guide

Reference sources

Reference sources are an excellent place to begin your research, especially if you are exploring a new topic, or a subject area that you know very little about. These sources can help you to:

  • define your topic in general terms
  • find background information, including themes and key points
  • identify keywords and alternative terms for conceptualizing your subject, and for database searching
  • bring you up to date with academic conversations and trends taking place in your subject area.

Reference sources include dictionaries, encyclopaedias, thesauri, directories, bibliographies, handbooks, atlases, gazetteers, style manuals, and statistical materials.

The titles below are a selection of both print and online material. The online reference sources are all frequently updated, searchable, and contain substantial entries written by world class experts in Art History.

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