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Art and Design LibGuide: Getting Started

Reference Books

Reference books — such as encyclopedias, atlases, and directories — are useful for topic overviews, historical background, statistics, images, maps, and more. Here are some suggested Reference Book titles in Art and Design-related subject areas. 

 

Title

Location

Dictionary of Art

REF 703 D53

Encyclopedia of World Art

REF 703 E56

Oxford Companion to Art

REF 703 O19

Contemporary Artists

REF 709.22 C6

Contemporary Women Artists

REF 709.22 C661

Encyclopedia of American Folk Art

REF 745 E53

 

Online Reference Books

Three of the library’s databases allow you to do keyword searches across a large selection of high quality reference works online, including encyclopedias, dictionaries, atlases, and directories. These works help you find topic overviews, statistics, images, maps, and more. Because they have full text online, you can access these materials any time using any computer.

Gale Virtual Reference Library Over 70 reference works
Oxford Reference Online Premium Over 190 reference works published by Oxford University Press, including Oxford Companions, dictionaries, and encyclopedias

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