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Visual Arts & Photography: Background

This guide suggests resources and strategies for research on topics in the visual arts & photography.

Background Sources

The purpose of gathering background information is to help you understand your topic in more depth, or perhaps think about a different view or a subtopic that you had not previously considered.

Background sources can also be used to discover keywords that you can use in your searches.

Encyclopedias and Dictionaries of Art in General


Movements, Periods & Geographic Locales


Decorative Arts

Drawing, Comics, Graphic Arts & Print Making

Ceramics, Pottery & Sculpture