Beginnings - Reference Sources
Oxford Art Online
- Dictionary of Art and the Encyclopedia of Esthetics (and two smaller dictionaries) searchable at once. The major beginning point for art history research.
Oxford Reference Online - Art and Architecture
- group of electronic dictionary sources published by Oxford U Press. Basically short definitions.
Getty Research Portal - Getty Research Institute's collection of publicly-accessible digitized art history texts in the public domain.
Encyclopedia of World Art - hardcopy only
- older, but longer essays on art topics and issue + half of every volume is plates, may in color; - older
Pelican History of Art (series) Lilly Reference [various titles depending on period] Lilly N5300.P38
- the standard English-language history of art. Continuously updated. + extra images; good beginning bibliography
Keep in mind that specialized Dictionaries can answer many simple art questions.
Dictionary of Subjects and Symbols in Art by Hall, James. (Boulder : Westview Press, c2008.)Lilly Library Ready Reference N7560.H34 2008
Artists Biographical Dictionaries
Dictionary of Atists "Benezit." [electronic resource] and hardcopy, 14 vols. Paris: Grund, 2006, N40 .D5213 2006
The Grove encyclopedia of classical art & architecture [electronic resource and book]
Grove encyclopedia of decorative arts [electronic resource and book]