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Art History & Architecture History

This guide identifies basic resources for research in art and architectural history.

Scholarly and Popular Sources

It can be hard to determine if an article is scholarly or popular. Here are some general clues that can help:

Scholarly

  • It is written by an expert in the field, usually with a Ph.D. or other terminal degree(s).
  • The institution (university or museum) where the author works is listed.
  • The article includes a bibliography citing other experts.
  • The article is in a journal (usually scholarly) rather than a popular magazine.
  • The journal might be described as "peer-reviewed" or "refereed."
  • Often scholarly articles have an abstract at the beginning that explains what the article is about.
  • The article is long - popular articles tend to be 1-5 pages; scholarly articles are often over 10 pages.

Popular

  • There are a lot of glossy images in color.
  • There are advertisements.
  • There is no bibliography or other way to check the author's work, or the bibliography is very short and doesn't include works by scholars.
  • Often called a magazine rather than a journal.
  • Article is short, 1-5 pages.

If you would like more help, please contact your librarian.

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