This guide is designed to assist you in researching subjects in art and art history, a field with an extensive range of library resources. Art research may focus on the artistic developments of an entire country, e.g., China, or of a wide region, e.g., Oceania or Sub-Saharan Africa. Aditionally, more distinct styles may be noted within these geographic areas. Art research also encompasses the study of periods of artistic development and individual artists. The medium of creation may present rich possibilities for study and research: painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, graphic design and digital art are just a few. Art history also frequently overlaps with other subjects such as politics, history, geography, anthropology, and mass media.
Use the tabs at the top of this guide to navigate through the specific type of resources you may need. These resources include books and ebooks, journals, databases, encyclopedias and web resources. The tab "Image Resources" will link to many online sources of images to use for study and research. The tab "Citing Sources" gives information about several citation styles. Also included is a tab listing some of the books published by the faculty of the Art Department at William Paterson University and available at the Cheng Library.
Joan Mitchell, Trees 1990-1991 (detail), from the book, Joan Mitchell Trees, Cheim & Read, New York, 2014.
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