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Jessie Ball duPont Library

Art History 323: Imagining the Medieval Italian City


This guide is intended to direct you to fundamental resources to use when performing research in the area of art history. The resources here are by no means comprehensive, but are intended to help you achieve a sound start to your work.

Please feel free to contact me if you have suggestions for additions or other ways to improve this guide.

Start Your Research

Searching on Google will often pull up related articles on Wikipedia. Once you get to a helpful Wikipedia article, look through the outline and notice the different areas.

  • How is information divided?
  • Can you use the categories in the article as keywords in your search? 
  • What links and keywords look helpful? Take notes for later!
  • If you can't find an article on the work of art or artist you're looking for, are there particular schools, techniques, or related artists that you can search? Think about what topics might lead to more information.

Remember, not everything on Wikipedia will be helpful or even true! At this point, you're gathering general information that you can use to find sources. Don't use Wikipedia as a source in your project.

TigerSearch looks through almost all of our library holdings. Use this search to figure out what kind of sources different keywords and phrases pull out. On the results page, you can also limit to source type (for example, newspapers) or limit to a certain time period.

Oxford Art Online

Reference Books in the Library