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Art & Art History: Background Info

Why use reference sources?

Reference sources provide background information, overviews, and even lists of sources to consult. Using them is a great way to find quick information and, in the process, discover words and terms that can be used to search in databases and catalogs. 

Most of the reference books listed here are located on the first floor near the Research Help Desk. Most art-focused books are under the call numbers REF N31-NX, but some (photography) start with the call number TR. Be sure to ask the person at the desk if you have any difficulty finding these books.

Additionally, there are several great web-based resources made available through reputable institutions.  

Online Reference Sources

Timelines, Dictionaries, Directories

Reference Sources in the Library