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Art Research Guide

Background information

Start by finding background information on your topic. This will help you begin to understand the context of your topic (the who, what, when, where, and why), as well as the vocabulary typically used in the discipline. Context will also help you narrow the topic to a more manageable size and direct you to where to do more specific searches.

Encyclopedia-style databases (such as those listed below) offer short overviews of a topic and are good places to start.

Articles in databases

These databases have an art focus and are good places to continue your research. Also check out additional databases on the Art databases page of this research guide..

Search for info in our library system

Search Belk Library's online system to find both library materials and articles in our databases. Use the search box below to do a basic search on library materials and databases.


Interlibrary loan (from other libraries)

Can't find a book or article at Belk Library? Use our free Interlibrary loan service and we'll get it for you from another library.