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Art History Research Guide

Background Information on Pompeii

Search for information

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.


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:

709.32 = ancient Egyptian art

709.37 = ancient Roman art

709.38 = ancient Greek art

709.7281 = ancient Mayan art

709.8 = Latin American art

722 = Architecture up to ca. 300 CE

732 = Sculpture up to ca. 500 CE

733 = Greek, Etruscan & Roman sculpture

932, 933, 938, 939.4 = History of the ancient world

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? 

Databases for ARH 3700

How to cite images

Visual sources can be difficult to cite, so be sure to 1) include as much information as you can, 2) format the elements consistently, and 3) adapt the general formats as described in published citation style guides as needed. If you have questions, please contact me.

Citing images from an image database, such as ARTstor, should include most, if not all, of this information (or as much of it as can be easily determined from the source).

  • creator's name
  • title of the image as given in the database
  • date of creation
  • name and location of the institution that houses the image (if any)
  • dimensions (if known)
  • material or format (painting, sculpture, photograph, etc.)
  • database name and URL
  • date accessed the database