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Art History

This subject guide covers the different art resources the Tredway library has for you to use, as well as information on other places you can look to support your research needs.

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To find both print and electronic reference materials, use the Tredway Library (ALiCat+Articles) option from the drop down menu. This option allows you to search all of the Tredway Library's physical and electronic resources, books, eBooks, and electronic reference sources. 

You'll have several ways to filter your search in order to find reference materials. When you see your search results, there will be a "filter your results" column (typically on the left hand column, but may depend on the device you're using). 

Filter Your Results-->Resource Type-->Reference Entries

  These entries are from our online and print reference materials. 

OR

Filter your results-->Resource Type-->Books

   Books are available in two ways:

  • Available online: eBooks
  • Available at Thomas Tredway Library [floor and call number here]: If this is a reference book, it will be labeled as reference, and be located on the 2nd floor. 

To learn about more about which electronic reference databases are available, please look under the "Electronic Reference Materials" tab. For print materials, look under the "Print Reference Materials" tab. 

We also have electronic reference materials which includes hundreds of credible and useful art history materials. There materials are available 24/7, and you can access them from your room. 

To learn how to search for print reference materials, please refer back to the "Using OneSearch to Find Reference Materials" tab.

Tredway Library uses the Library of Congress (LOC) Classification system to organize our physical collection.  Consider searching in the following sections of our reference collection, located on the 2nd (main) floor of the library.  Remember that the following call numbers are helpful for this class:

  • N's: Visual Arts (this includes things like art museums, art criticism, art history, etc.) 
  • NA's: Architecture

A reminder that reference books can't leave the library! You may photocopy some pages that are helpful, but the physical material can't be checked out the way that circulating books can. If you need to access reference books while you're outside the library, our electronic reference tools are very helpful. 

Museum and artist websites are valuable places to look at when researching a specific art piece or artist. Locate the museum the art piece is at, and see what they say about that piece; sometimes they provide other resources to learn more information. If the artist is modern enough (i.e. Banksy), they may have their own website with their artwork, thought process, and autobiography.