History of art

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    The general shelfmarks for art history are

    069  Museums 
    700  General art history; theory; art galleries and museums; contemporary art 
    720  Architecture 
    730  Sculpture; ceramics 
    740  Drawing; design; crafts 
    750  Painting 
    760  Prints and printmaking 
    770  Photography 

    Each of these is then subdivided, often according to countries, for example:

    750  Painting 
    751  Painting: techniques 
    752  Painting: colour 
    753-758  Painting: subjects (eg still life) 
    759  Painting: history 
    759.2  Painting: history: England 
    759.3  Painting: history: Germany 
    759.4  Painting: history: France 

    And so on.

    Then, at each shelfmark there are often two separate groups of books.  First there is a section containing general works arranged in alphabetical order by author.  Then there is a section of books on particular artists.  These are arranged as follows:

    759.5 BAX  a general book on Italian painting by an author whose surname begins with Bax 
    759.5 ANG/C  a book on the Italian painter Fra Angelico by an author whose surname begins with C
    759.5 BEL/A  a book on the Italian painter Bellini by an author whose surname begins with A 

     

    The vast majority of modules will have a reading list, created by the module leader.  Find the reading list in the top right corner of the module on Moodle, or you can search by module name or number on the reading list homepage.   Reading lists are interactive: click on the blue online resource button to be taken straight to the ebook, webpage, article or audiovisual resource, and login to make your own notes on the readings.  Why not watch our videos which will help you get the most out of your reading list?

    Finding journals and journal articles for art history (pdf or word)

    You can use LibrarySearch to find journal articles: type in your topic and then use the search tools menu to limit the format to article.  Guide to finding journal articles on a topic using LibrarySearch.

    When you want to find more specialised and specific journal articles, you may want to try using a database.   Searching a database will help you find journal articles (and sometimes books, book chapters, reports and other published materials) that are scholarly, academic and peer-reviewed, and suitable for your assignments and research.

    Key databases

    JSTOR - this database provides an archive of full-text articles from a wide range of academic journals, including many key art history journals. JSTOR does not give access to issues which are less than 3-5 years old but is very useful for older journal articles.

    Art full text - includes art and art history ejournal articles from 1997 onwards - it also provides links to other ejournal articles. It is particularly useful for recent journal articles and for journals not covered by JSTOR (for example, Art History and the Journal of the History of Collections). If we have access to ejournal articles via other suppliers, you can use the Full Text Finder service to link from references in Art full text to our other online journals. It is also a good way of looking up articles in journals which are not available online (for example, Apollo, British Art Journal). Art full text has very good coverage for contemporary art.  

    Royal Institute of British Architects' British Architectural Library Catalogue provides references to books and journal articles on architecture.

    Bibliography of the history of art - this free database includes comprehensive references to art history books and journal articles published between 1975 and 2007.

    Other databases 

    Avery index to architectural periodicals - useful for contemporary architecture.  
    History databases  :  Bibliography of British and Irish History and  Historical abstracts 
    Oxford art online - contains the online version of the Grove Dictionary of Art.  
    Oxford dictionary of national biography - useful for information about British artists, patrons etc. 

    Pre-twentieth century publications

    Historical texts - online access to books and pamphlets in the following collections: Early English Books Online (EEBO), Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO) and 19th Century books from the British Library collection.

    Early European Books - Early European Books is a comprehensive digitised collection of works printed in Europe between 1450-1700, with full-colour, facsimile images scanned directly from the original printed sources.

    Internet Archive E-book and Text Archive - a freely available collection of e-books - useful for 19th century publications.

    British periodicals - an archive of hundreds of full text periodicals from the late seventeenth century to the early twentieth, including scholarly journals, reviews and magazines.

    Seventeenth-eighteenth century Burney Collection newspapers - 17th and 18th century pamphlets, proclamations, newsbooks and newspapers published in England, Ireland and Scotland, plus a selection of papers from British colonies in the Americas and Asia. Newspapers include the London Chronicle, the London Morning Penny Post and the British Chronicle.

    The Guardian and The Observer (1791-2003) - the complete digital edition of both newspapers, 1791-2003, with all articles, advertisements and illustrations.

    Nineteenth century British Library newspapers - contains digital editions of a wide variety of national and regional British newspapers from the 19th century.

    Times Digital Archive - the complete digital edition of The Times newspaper, 1785-1985, with all articles, advertisements and illustrations.

    British cartoon archive - caricatures and cartoons going back to the 19th century.

    There are links to other useful resources here: Primary sources for History

     

    Referencing guide (Chicago style) (from the History of Art Academic Skills Guide) - PDF

    Chicago Referencing Interactive Guide: this interactive guide takes you through the basics of Chicago referencing style at Brookes.

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    Library services for researchers - general web pages for staff and research students

    2015-2016 onwards: These are available for download by Brookes students and staff from the Past Examination Papers collection on RADAR.

    When on RADAR, log in, then select Search, enter the module name or number and limit your search to Examination papers.

    Earlier years: Printed copies are available in the Library - at Headington (Short Loan area, Level 1), Harcourt Hill (Quick Reference) and Wheatley (Short Loan).

    Please note that some exam papers are not available because they have been prohibited from publication. In particular, there are no copies of any exam papers which contain multiple choice questions.

    Bodleian Library access - dissertation students are able to use the Bodleian Library if the Bodleian has materials you need which are not held by the Oxford Brookes Library.  The Bodleian Library catalogue, SOLO, is freely available to search.  You should contact your Academic Liaison Librarian if you think you need to use the Bodleian.  Read the guide Applying for admission to the Bodleian Library first, then visit the Library to obtain an application form.

    Interlibrary loans - use the interlibrary loans service to request books, articles and other publications which the Library doesn't stock.

    Referencing - here you'll find lots of useful information about referencing, including Cite Them Right Online.  You can access a Referencing guide (Chicago style) from the History of Art Academic Skills Guide and this Chicago Referencing Interactive Guide takes you through the basics of Chicago referencing style at Brookes.

    Finding previous dissertations - use the Dissertations Location List (Word or PDF) to discover where dissertations for each subject/course are held.

    Encyclopaedias

    Image Libraries

    • ARTstor - a very large collection of high quality art history images, particularly good for works in US museums.
    • Bridgeman Education - a wide range of art history images, particularly good for works in British collections.
    • British Museum Collection search - thousands of images of prints, drawings and other items in the British Museum collection.
    • Yale Center for British Art - images of the Center's paintings, sculptures, drawings and prints.
    • Art UK - this site aims to cover the UK's public art collections, concentrating first on oil paintings.

    Libraries

    Museums and galleries

    Art gateways

     

    Other resources