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Art & Art History: Background Info

Why use reference sources?

Reference works provide background information, overviews, and lists of sources to consult. Using reference sources is a great way to find quick information and discover words or key terms that can be used to search in databases and catalogs. 

Most of the reference books listed here are located on the first floor of the GAC 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 or other materials.

Additionally, there are several great web-based resources made available through reputable institutions, see below!

Online Reference Sources

Timelines, Dictionaries, Directories

Reference Sources in the Library