Scholarly (specialized) encyclopedias scope out an area, providing a useful overview and giving many quick leads.
Keep an eye out in these texts for:
Scholarly Art Encyclopedias
Oxford Art Online
- Core art databases, searchable uniformly or individually, produced by Oxford University Press.
Oxford Reference Online (includes photography)
~ Reference books migrated to electronic form that include art and photography sources not searched above.
Oxford Bibliographies - Art - scholarly books and databases list (quick short cut to the good stuff!) -- includes essays by Duke professors.
Scholarly Feminist Sources
Women's Studies Encyclopedia (online)
Women's Studies Portal (Univ. Maryland)
Contemporary artists. New York ; St. Martins Press ; London : St. James Press. Lilly Library Reference N6490 .C6567
~ recent artists lives and careers distilled into individual entries. Includes gallery exhibitions and selected articles.
Twentieth-century artists on art : an index to writings, statements, and interviews by artists, architects, and designers... by Robertson, Jack. New York : G.K. Hall ; London : Prentice Hall International, c1996. Lilly Reference NX456 .R59 1996 c.1
Modern arts criticism. Detroit, MI : Gale Research, 1991- Lilly Library Reference 709.22 M689, A792x In process-LC