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Art History Resources Guide - Fort Wayne

Welcome to the Art History Research Guide

Getting started with research in Art History

For overview articles on an artist or artistic movement your topic is part of, search in one of the recommended Reference Resources. These are usually short and often have a bibliography or further reading section where you can get titles of books and articles that are more in-depth.

Books are longer publications on one aspect of a topic. They may also include topic overviews, particularly in the introduction, preface and the conclusion sections, explaining how this aspect fits into a broader understanding. 

Journal articles are shorter publications on very specialized aspects of a topic. They can be peer-reviewed and edited more quickly than books and thus may have the most current information.

Primary Sources 

A primary source reports what the author experienced directly. Common primary sources for art history include exhibition reviews; chemical analyses of paintings, papers, and sculptures; infrared and x-ray analyses; and interviews with an artist. 

Images of an artwork are considered primary sources if they were made directly from the work, such as a photograph of a painting, digital images of an object, or a sketch of a building. On this guide are many sources for images, including open-access images from museums and galleries.