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Art History Library Research Guide

Art History Library Research Guide

Welcome!  This guide is here to help you get started with your research on topics in art history.  This main page will describe some basics on starting your research.  The section on Reference Sources will recommend some very good starting places for your research.  This is a great step if you are not entirely familiar with your topic.  They will give brief overviews of your topic and recommended books and articles to read.  The section on Books has some advice on how to search for books in our collection.  The section on Articles will make some recommendations on where to search for articles on topics in art history.  The Call Numbers section briefly describes the different call numbers we use for organizing physical materials in the library and where to find those items.  Last, the Help tab, offers contact information in case you need help finding resources or locating a copy of a specific resource you have a citation for, but can't access.

Essential Resources

The following resources are the most used ones for conducting research on topics in art history.  This is a good way to get started.  The additional tabs located at the top of this guide will offer many more resources and directions if you need to find more, or want to conduct broader and more thorough searches.

Oxford Art Online (link)
This is a great place to start your research, especially if you are not entirely familiar with your topic.  OAO includes the Dictionary of Art, Oxford Companion to Western Art, Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, and Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms.  Most entries include recommended books and articles for research on that topic.
SLU Libraries Catalog (link)
The library catalog contains the holdings of all Saint Louis University Libraries.  It is the best place to locate books.  If you found a book in the recommended reading/research list of OAO, enter it as a title search in the catalog to see if we have it.  Otherwise, you can search the catalog to find books on the topic you are working on for your research.
SLUth Search Plus (link)
SLUth searches most of our research databases at once.  This allows you to conduct a broad search across many resources.  Search results are often numerous and need to be refined.  Use the Subject tool on the left side of the screen in the Refine Results column.  This will allow you to focus your search and eliminate search results that you do not need.