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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
Beginnings - Reference Sources
Oxford Art Online
The principal scholarly online encyclopedia for the arts and visual studies. Use this first to scope out (get the basic overview) of any art topic. Articles are signed by scholars and can be cited in your projects.
Also included in this is BENEZIT ARTISTS BIOGRAPHICAL INDEX - all artists of all times and all countries.
Dictionaries, language reference, and subject encyclopedias--including art--published by Oxford University Press. Basically short definitions.
- Getty Research Portal - Getty Research Institute's collection of digitized art history texts.
- Humanities Commons (art history section) scholarly open-source materials for the humanities
- Encyclopedia of World Art - (hardcopy) - older, but longer essays on art topics and issue, half of every volume is plates, may in color
- Pelican History of Art series, Lilly Reference Room, N5300.P38 - the standard English-language history of art. Good beginning source, bibliography for more information
- Encyclopedia of Aesthetics - Scholarly online source for overview of esthetic concepts and histories
Artists' Dictionaries (biographies of Artists)
- Benezit Dictionary of Artists - All artists of all places and times
- Allgemeines Künstlerlexikon: die bildenden Künstler aller Zeiten und Völker. - In German and in print, but the most comprehensive biographical dictionary of artists. Lilly Reference N40 .A63 1992
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