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ART_HIST_340: Baroque Art: Italy & Spain 1600-1750 (Fall 20: Escobar): Getting Started

A word about the Browse feature and Online Access

At the very top of the library's Advanced Search page is one of the catalog's least-known features, the Browse option. Each book in the catalog has several subject terms assigned to it, which help delineate that book's coverage. Using the Browse option lets you search the catalog by those subject terms, using different controlled vocabularies. This allows you, in effect, to search by what a book is actually about, rather than hoping to find that term in a general search result.  The advantage is focus: Browse results are books associated specifically with those subject terms, while the same basic search from the library home page will simply return every result with those terms in it, requiring you to weed out extraneous items. You'll still have to consider your Browse results carefully, but it will be much, much easier.

The current reality has made research challenging, especially in a discipline like art history which depends so heavily on the physical book and image. The HathiTrust is a partnership of academic and research institutions, offering a collection of millions of titles digitized from libraries around the world. They are currently offering online access to many of the physical titles in our catalog, which should make your research a little easier in view of the restrictions on library access. When searching the catalog, look for the link that says "Check HathiTrust for access to full text." By following that you'll be able to "check out" a digital version of the title. Loan periods are relatively short but can be renewed, and you cannot download or print the text, but it allows for remote access to texts that otherwise might not be available.

The texts, journals, and other sources listed on the following pages should not be thought of as comprehensive; it would be impossible to list all of the library's relevant resources on this or any topic. Rather, they should be considered as examples of scholarship that can help you find your own way and guide your own research.

Artemisia Gentileschi
oil on canvas

General Resources

General resources for art history and the Baroque