Duke's Rare Book, Manuscript and Special Collections Library has untold unique resources. Because of the nature of its collections, its riches are not as discernable through the Duke catalog as other material. In addition to doing a search limited to Rubenstein Library, email or query a special collections librarian for a consult on what may be of interest. RUBENSTEIN SEARCH
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]