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Art History Research Guide

Start with "presearch"

Start your research with some pre-research or "presearch" to learn about the object, the historical period, the artist (where from, other works), patron(s) and/or owner(s), the subject portrayed in/on the object, the artistic form, function, or purpose.

The resources below, as well as museum websites, are good places to begin. Also check to see if there's a Wikipedia entry on the object, which often list potential sources in the References section.

Questions to ask as you start your research:

  • What culture created the object?
  • To what class of objects does the object belong?
  • What purpose did the object serve?
  • What does the object represent?
  • What is the object's significance?
  • What research has already been done on this kind of object? 

Preliminary research on Ancient Art

Encyclopedias and other reference materials are a good place to start your research. Books with call numbers that start with "REF." are located on the 1st floor of Belk Library.

Databases for ARH 2100