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Art History: Internet Resources

Consider the Source

The internet provides open access to a tremendous amount of information, including peer reviewed, scholarly material.  However, be mindful of your sources. Consider the following:

Authority - Who is the author? What is their point of view?

Purpose - Why was the source created? 

Publication & Format - Where was it published? 

Relevance - How is it relevant to your research? 

Date of Publication - When was it written? 

Documentation - Did they cite their sources? 

Information from University of California Berkley Library's "Evaluating Resources" guide.

Select Websites for Research

Google Arts & Culture - Google Arts & Culture puts the treasures, stories, and knowledge of cultural institutions from 80 countries at your fingertips. 

Google Scholar - Google Scholar is a freely accessible web search engine that indexes the full text or metadata of scholarly literature across an array of publishing formats and disciplines.

Art21 - Art21 is a nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring a more creative world through the works and words of contemporary artists.

Institutional Sites with Thematic Essays

Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History - The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Timeline of Art History. See illustration below.

RIBA Architecture - From the Royal Institute of British Architects, this site explores architecture through articles, exhibitions, and images.

Dutch Paintings of the 17th Century - This site features an exploration of the Dutch Golden Age through the National Gallery of Art's paintings.

Art & Humanities: Art History - A complete set of essays in art history from Kahn Academy covering traditional, non-western, special, and global topics.

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The Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History is a chronological, geographical, and thematic exploration of global art history. Targeted at students and scholars of art history, it is an invaluable reference, research, and teaching tool.
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