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Don't know where to begin:

Look at the Art & Art History subject guide to learn more about the study of Art, how art historians do research, and special tips for specific topics and classes.

Looking for biographic information:

Access Oxford Art Online. This resource provides access to and cross-searching of premier reference books: Grove Dictionary of Art, Benezit's Dictionary of Artist's, the Oxford Companion to Western Art, The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms, and the Encyclopedia of Aesthetics. Written by scholarly experts, the first three books provide biographic information with bibliographies to get you started on your research. Links to images, including ARTstor, are available through Benezit's Dictionary of Art.

Looking for scholarly articles:

Take a look at Art Abstracts. This comprehensive resource for art information features subject access to an international array of publications, this database is a comprehensive resource covering fine, decorative and commercial art, as well as photography, folk art, film, architecture and much more.

Looking for scholarly articles as well as images:

Use Art and Architecture Complete the definitive research database for the study of art and architecture. This comprehensive database provides full-text coverage of hundreds of periodicals and books, as well as cover-to-cover indexing and abstracts for nearly a thousand academic journals, magazines and trade publications and books. The database also provides an immense Image Collection provided by Picture Desk and others. Full-text coverage dates back 75 years.

Looking for information on Artist's careers, a dissertation or a reproduction:

The Art Full Text database is an unmatched resource for Art information. Researchers are able to track the careers of artists and review their materials and methods, and can find books by and about artists, as well as interviews, profiles and much more. Indexing of nearly 200,000 art reproductions provides examples of styles and art movements, including works by emerging artists. It also includes indexing of over 13,000 dissertations.

Looking for exhibition catalogs or reviews:

ARTbibliographies Modern is your premier source of information on Modern and Contemporary Arts. Dating from the late 19th century onwards, it includes citations and abstracts to English and foreign-language journal articles, books, exhibition catalogs, dissertations, and reviews of books and exhibitions.

Looking for an image to use in your paper or thesis:

ARTstor is a digital library that provides over 1.8 million digital images in the arts. This community-built collection comprises contributions from outstanding international museums, photographers, libraries, scholars, photo archives, and artists and artists' estates. It includes a program, Images for Academic Publishing (IAP) which makes available publication-quality images for use in scholarly publications free of charge.

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