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Art and Art History

This guide provides resources on the subjects of Art and Art History.

Research Databases





Journal articles answer a specific question very thoroughly. Because of this, the keywords you use to search for articles can be more specific than keywords you use to search for books. Limit your search to a few keywords for best results.

Try searching for the:

  • Artist's Name (ex. "frida kahlo")
  • Artwork Title (ex. "mona lisa")
  • Art Movement (ex. impressionism)

If I'm looking for articles describing the human body in Michelangelo's art, some complex keyword searches I can try are:

  • michelangelo AND (anatomy OR body)
  • "italian renaissance" AND anatomy
  • "sistine chapel" AND figur*

Search Limiters




To narrow down your search results, try using the following limiters:

  • Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals
  • English Language
  • Full Text





Databases can provide article citations for you. Follow these steps:

  1. From the Search Results List, click on the article title. This opens up a detailed record for the article.
  2. Look in the Tools column on the right-hand side of the page.
  3. Under Tools, click on the Cite button.
  4. A pop-up window presents you with a citation formatted according to different styles.
  5. Copy and paste the citation into your list of references.
  6. Verify the citation is formatted correctly. Typically databases make errors in formatting citations.

Click here for more information on citations.