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Art History Subject Guide

Welcome to the Woodruff Library's Art History Research Guide. This guide will help you find primary sources, books, manuscripts, reference materials, databases, journal articles, and internet resources pertinent to your research and study.

General Reference

Handbooks, Guildes & Companions

Cambridge Companions: Cambridge Companions are a series of authoritative guides, written by leading experts, offering lively, accessible introductions to major writers, artists, philosophers, topics, and periods.

Oxford Handbooks OnlineThe Oxford Handbook Series brings together review essays that evaluate the current thinking on a field or topic, and make an original argument about the future direction of the debate.


Allgemeines Lexikon der Bildenden Kunstler von der Antike bis zur Gegenwart (1907-1950) 32 volumes
Edited by Dr. UlrichThieme und Becker.
Reference N 40 .T4 v.1-32

Register zum Allgemeinen Lexikon der bildenden Künstler von der Antike bis zur Gegenwart und zum Allgemeinen Lexikon der bildenden Künstler des XX. Jahrhunderts
Thieme-Becker/Vollmer Gesamtregister
Reference N40 .V6 v.1-6
A continuation of Ulrich Thieme's "Allgemeines Lexikon der Bildenden Kunstler von der Antike bis zur Gegenwart.

Dictionary of artists / translation of Dictionnaire critique et documentaire des peintres, sculpteurs, dessinateurs et graveurs de tous les temps et de tous les pays/ edited by Emmanuel Benezit.
Reference N40 .B46 2006 V.1-14

Dictionary of International Contemporary Artists
Reference N6490 .D5 1995

The Dictionary of Art 34 volumes 
Reference N31 .D5 1996 v.1-34 Grove Art Online is part of Oxford Art Online

Who's Who in American Art
Reference N6536 .W5 2005/2006 Annual 1936/37 - past year in Stacks

Who Was Who in American Art 1564-1975 : 400 years of Artists in America
Reference N6536 .W56 1999


American National Biography A premier source of biographical information on over 18,000 people from all eras who have influenced and shaped American history and culture. The ANB covers deceased individuals whose significant actions occurred during his or her residence within what is now the United States or whose life or career directly influenced the course of American history.

Biography & Genealogy Master Index Indexes current, readily available reference sources, as well as the most important retrospective works that cover individuals, both living and deceased, from every field of activity and from all areas of the world.

Biography in Context A database of biographical information on people from throughout history, around the world, and across all disciplines and subject areas.

Biography Reference Bank Similar to Biography in Context, the Biography Reference Bank aggregates full-text from a variety of different sources.