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Art & Art History: Home

A research guide to finding books, articles, and other resources in Art and Art History


This guide is designed to help you research topics for your Art and Art History classes. By clicking on the tabs at the top of each page, you can locate reference works and guides (for time-saving background material), appropriate databases (for magazine and journal articles), scholarly websites (that cover various aspects of the field), and class handouts (used in Art and Art History library classes). Don't forget that you will have to cite and document the sources you use. For that reason, each page has a link to the UMW Libraries' guide to Citing Resources.

Have any questions? Need help? Here is the Library of Congress Classification Outline. You can always stop by the Reference Desk for assistance. Also, please feel free to contact me and we'll set up a research appointment (see box at right). I look forward to working with you! --Jack Bales

(Image of Botticelli's The Birth of Venus from ibiblio: The Public's Library and Digital Archive, <>; The original painting is in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy.)

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