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This guide will introduce you to resources that you can use when studying and researching in Art and Art History


This guide will help you explore the many art resources available to you at Washington and Jefferson College. Use the tabs above to navigate through this guide for tips on improving your research.

Don’t forget: If we don’t have a resource you need contact your Liaison Librarian , Archivist Sinéad Bligh to locate the resource or you can access it through Interlibrary Loan

What does research look like in Art?


an infographic of the research process. The graphic is a curve around a light bulb representing the cyclical nature of the process.


Visual Art is examined in a similar way as research in other disciplines the humanities - the core value being that CONTEXT IS KEY.

Some research steps which are used to think critically about an artwork are illustrated above.

Starting your Research – Ask Yourself

  1. What is my topic? Is it an art movement, or individual artist? What is the outcome? Presentation? Detailed analysis? Or new Artwork of your own?
  2. Which sources are best for your topic?
  3. How will I manage and cite my sources?


Top Online Resources at a Glance

See Databases A-Z to search for databases. Most databases are paid for by the library, but some are freely available to all. 

Specific Databases, Museum websites and Art Encyclopedia's to try, starting with the top four for beginning your study: