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ART 250 (Liberatore-AL)

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Tips for art-related research

1) Start with Oxford Art Online to get basic information and main ideas, including:

  • definitions of words you're not familiar with
  • background and overview of your topic
  • artist biographies

* Because Oxford Art Online's provides just basic information, while it's a good place to start, it is not considered a research source.

2) Use periodical databases, such as Art & Architecture Source and Proquest, to dig deeper

  • Start with a simple search: just a couple words related to your topic.  Put the word AND between each new idea.  For example:

If you are researching satire in Banksy's art, the two most important words are satire and Banksy
This is what you'd type in a database search box:

satire AND Banksy

  • Limit your search results to sources required for your assignment (e.g., journal articles, magazine articles)
  • Need help? Ask a librarian!



  1. Unknown artist? Research the work's other characteristics, like style, historical period, and materials used
  2. Nothing on your work of art? Look for articles about the artist, period, style, materials, etc.