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D. Hiden Ramsey Library, University of North Carolina at Asheville
BEGINNING YOUR RESEARCH
Start by reading several general and specialized encyclopedia articles about an artist who interests you. Use these articles to get to know your topic generally.
As you read, consider the lens through which you would like to explore your topic. You might look at think about your artist in terms of time and events, social conditions and culture, geography, etc.
FINDING ENCYCLOPEDIA ARTICLES
Oxford Art Online
A searchable reference library that includes: Grove Art Online, The Oxford Companion to Western Art, the Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, and The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms. View biographies, subject entries, and images as well as thematic timelines and learning resources.
Cambridge Histories Online (CHO)
Contains more than 350 volumes and covers more than 10 subject areas.
Encyclopedias, dictionaries, biographies, bilingual dictionaries, thesauri, quotations and atlases, plus a wide range of titles covering everything from accounting to zoology
Gale Virtual Reference Library
30 Reference books and Encyclopedias in Religion, History, Philosophy, and more.
Resource discontinued as of 12/31/2017.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you need help accessing alternate resources.
Gale Encyclopedia of Latin American History & Culture
Provides a multidisciplinary view of Latin American history and culture from prehistoric times to the present. 5,700+ entries cover cultural issues and include numerous biographical profiles of important figures in politics, letters and the arts.
Encyclopedias are great starting points, but generally should not be used as scholarly sources.
In addition to providing a topic overview, encyclopedia entries often list key books and journal articles on your topic.
Encyclopedia of Latin American and Caribbean Art by
Publication Date: 2000-02-01