Speaking about Art: Narrating the Cantor's Collections
Art Reference Sources
Reference sources can be a good source of preliminary information on a topic and a means to collect useful keywords. They also often contain bibliographies that cite key texts and thinkers associated with a specific topic. The online resources listed here are a small sample of the reference materials Stanford has to offer; many are in print form and can be found by searching SearchWorks or by physically browsing the libraries' reference areas.
Tips for using reference sources:
1. Look at the cross-references that many entries provide. These can be helpful in pointing you toward a related or more accurate idea/term.
Suggested online reference sources:
In the academic world the term “database” usually refers to specific resources that retrieve items—usually from the periodical literature—not usually listed in a library’s online catalog. Databases are typically oriented toward specific subjects, and therefore they can go into far more specificity than Stanford's own online catalog (SearchWorks/Socrates) can. While journal articles are the most common items to be included in databases, many also include citations (i.e., listings for and descriptions of) for book and exhibition reviews and for chapters or essays within anthologies.
Tips for using databases
2. After selecting a relevant database, treat your search similarly to how you would search in SearchWorks. Most databases are structured in essentially the same way, though often with their own proprietary sets of keywords and subject headings.
Art Full Text
ARTbibliographies Modern (ABM)
Bibliography of the History of Art (BHA)
International Bibliography of Art (IBA)
General Academic and News:
Academic Search Premier
America, History and Life
MLA International Bibliography
Art Image Sources
These sites are sources of high-quality, well-cataloged images. Some pertain specifically to art and art history; others are more cross-disciplinary in scope. Refer to the Art & Architecture Library's Quick Guide for Using Digital Images for tips on file size and format.
The following university meta-sites are excellent supplements to the list above:
Yale University Library
Rotch Visual Collections, MIT
Harvard College Library
Boston University Libraries
Marquand Library of Art and Archaeology, Princeton
UC Berkeley Art History/Classics Library