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Art History: Getting Started

Northwestern University Library's resources on art history include art, architecture, design, fashion, animation, photography, and related areas.

Welcome to Our Art History Guide

Henri Matisse - Daisies

Henri Matisse
French, 1869-1954
Daisies, 1939
The Art Institute of Chicago, Gift of Helen Pauling Donnelley in memory of her parents, Mary Fredericka and Edward George Pauling, 1983.206

Guide By: Art Librarian Karyn Hinkle

Karyn Hinkle
Art Library
Martin Reading Room
3rd floor of Deering Library
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As your art librarian, I consult and collaborate with students, faculty, and curators working on all stages of research. I instruct classes, and provide one-on-one research assistance in person, by phone, and via e-mail (contact info all in the box above).

Need research help or want to discuss a project? Contact the Art Library any time, or stop by in person any time we are open. We look forward to working with you!

You can also use this guide to help you find many resources Northwestern's Art Library has to offer. Located on the third floor of the historic Charles Deering Library, the Art Library features two public reading rooms and research space for faculty and graduate students in Art History.

Maps and Directions

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Research 101

Getting started on your research? This video will show you how to come up with keywords based on your research topic.


Best Bets! Online Library Resources for Art History




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Art History Reference Sources

Another good place to start familiarizing yourself with an art history topic are online reference sources.

Oxford Art Online, our subscription resource mentioned above, is one (the best) general reference source, and here are a few others to get you started. These can all be found online for free:

How Can the Library Help You?

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New E-Resources at Northwestern: Art and Architecture

Watch a growing list of new online resources (books, journals, databases) for art history here.

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Have a recommendation for acquisition? Ideas for this guide, or the Art Library's other services?

Contact the Art Library

Many more art research guides

Find a large number of other art-related subject guides here.

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