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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 the Medieval/Premodern World

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.


Databases and other sources for ARH 2110

Where are the books located?

Most books on Art History are located on the third floor of our library and have call numbers that start with 700 through 759. For specific time periods in art history for this course browse the shelves with these call numbers:

704.948 = Art and religion

709.02 = 6th-15th century art

709.17671 = Islamic art

709.45 = Renaissance art

709.46 = Art of Spain

709.51 = Art of China

709.54 = Art of India

709.02 = Medieval art

723 = Medieval architecture

734 = Medieval sculpture

759.02 = Medieval painting

940.1 = Early history to 1453

940.21 = History of the Renaissance, 1453-1517

940.22 = History of the Reformation, 1517-1648

Books about specific religious traditions are on the 2nd floor. For specific religions browse the shelves with these call numbers:

230 = The Bible

270 = Christianity

294.3 = Buddhism

296 = Judaism

297 = Islam