Finding your materials, part
Bibliographies will point you toward "standard"
works in the field you're researching.
And skimming through a good bibliography will also give you a
sense of who are reputable publishers--so you'll be better able
to evaluate books you encounter outside of the context of a bibliography..
- Gardner's Art Through the
well-known art history survey textbook, has in its last pages
a splendid bibliography that's organized by chapter / period.
You may be confident that any work listed in this bibliography
is a solid source. Especially if you're an art major, note that
this book is long-term resource that's well worth getting in
hard copy: E-book subscriptions expire rather quickly. If you
don't have your own copy, check the Library--especially books
put on reserve by art history faculty.
- Most art history textbooks have a bibliography in their final pages, and--once again--you may be
confident that the works listed are solid. Be sure to check this
- Use the annotated bibliographies in our
Library collection, being sure to
check more than one so that you'll cover a wide date range. And
note that the Marmor bibliography is a continuation of the Arntzen
/ Rainwater one. Inevitably these will not list the most recent
books, but you'll be able to find the recent ones easily.
Arntzen, Etta and Robert Rainwater. Guide to the Literature
of Art History 1 . . .WorldCat listing.
Library Association, 1980
Eresmann, Donald L. Fine arts: a bibliographic guide (. . .WorldCat listing ) Littleton, Colorado: Libraries Unlimited,
Marmor, Max. Guide to the Literature of Art History 2
(. . . Worldcat listing ) Chicago:
American Library Association, ca. 2005. Covers works published
from around 1985.
- Another useful bibliography is:
Tobey, Jeremy. History
of Ideas: A Bibliographical Introduction, 2 vols. Santa Barbara, CA:
Clio Books, c. 1975.
..............Volume 1: History of Ideas: Classical Antiquity ... World Cat listing
..............Volume 2: History of Ideas: Medieval & Early Modern
Europe . . . World Cat listing
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