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Art, Art History & Photography: Getting Started

Resources available from the University of Lethbridge Library for study in the areas of Art and Art History.

WHY reference sources?

REFERENCE SOURCES (encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, manuals, bibliographies, etc.) are a great place to start your research.  They provide general introductions to a wide variety of topics, can explain unfamiliar concepts, or help identify references for further research. There are a wide variety of general and subject specific reference sources that will provide information on a variety of topics within the discipline of Art.

WHY books and exhibition catalogues?

BOOKS tend to provide in-depth information on somewhat broad topics.  They are excellent sources for researching:

  • art movements and genres (e.g., Fluxus and Surrealism)
  • art materials and techniques (e.g., bronze and raku)
  • art periods or styles (e.g., Medieval and 19th Century)
  • art of specific geographical areas or cultures (e.g., Canadian and Jewish)
  • artists (e.g.,  Jackson Pollock)

EXHIBITION CATALOGUES are a great place to go for contemporary and retrospective information about local, regional, national and international artists and exhibitions.

WHY articles in newspapers, magazines and journals?

ARTICLES  in newspapers, magazines and journals tend to provide in-depth information on specific topics and are a great place to research both contemporary and retrospective topics in Art.  Remember that if your instructor has asked for scholarly, refereed or peer reviewed sources, you will not be able to use an article from a newspaper or magazine.

Ceramic Beads - Ghana

Ghanaian Beads

Library of Congress Classifications

N Visual arts

NA Architecture

NB Sculpture

NC Drawing. Design. Illustration

ND Painting

NE Print media

NK Decorative arts

NX Arts in general

TR Photography