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Why background research helps
Getting background information and general facts about your topic is a good way to start your research. This not only helps you better understand your topic, but it also helps you formulate the boundaries of your research and key terms for your thesis statement. It can be a helpful guide to begin to narrow down your topic into a coherent and specific area.
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Credo is a library database containing digital versions of encyclopedias and other reference works. Think of it as an academic Wikipedia, only curated by librarians instead of the general public.
Bulfinch Guide to Art History by Shearer West (Editor) Marilyn Stokstad
Marilyn Stokstad's landmark survey has been thoroughly revised and updated with heavily reworked sections on Renaissance, Baroque and Modern art as well as a completely new design and larger and more numerous illustrations
International Dictionary of Art and Artists by James Vinson (Editor)
This forms part of a two-volume work covering works of art and artists. This volume includes entries for 500 artists (painters, sculptors, engravers, etc) from Western Europe and the Americas from the Renaissance to the present day.
Dictionary of Symbols in Western Art by Sarah Carr-Gomm
A practical guide to the understanding and appreciation of Western Art. A delight to read and highly informative, the fascinating A-to-Z entries explore religious themes that have dominated Western painting and sculpture from its beginnings.
Art History by Marilyn Stokstad; David Cateforis; Stephen Addiss
Exceptional in scholarship and pedagogically in tune with today's students - rich but never effete - this is the art history text of choice for a new generation of teachers and students. Presenting a broad view of art through the centuries, it sympathetically and positively introduces beginning students to the works of all artists. This includes women, artists of color, and the arts of other continents and regions, as well as those of Western Europe and the United States.
History of Art by Jacques Thuillier
Features a discussion of major art movements, trends, and periods along with biographical information on key artists and their work.
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