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Art History & Architecture History

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

Key Dictionaries & Encyclopedias: Online

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Why Dictionaries & Encyclopedias?

Dictionaries and encyclopedias are great places to find fact-based information about your topic. This might include dates, time periods, family information, related artists or artwork or movements, and/or media used, among other things.

Dictionaries and encyclopedias help establish context for your topic. As you read entries, pay attention to the words being used, and then use these key terms for searching for articles, books, and videos.

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