Introductory resources explain in general terms what is currently known about your topic and provide broader context to start your research.
Introductory Database in the Library
Oxford Art Online This link opens in a new window
Unified access to Oxford’s leading art reference sources including Grove Art, Benezit Dictionary of Artists, and more. Authoritative, peer-reviewed articles with rich supporting materials including bibliographies, media, and links to related resources
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Introductory Websites for Art History Research
Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History
The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History, originally launched in 2000, presents the Met's collection via 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.
Smarthistory’s free, award-winning digital content unlocks the expertise of hundreds of leading scholars, making the history of art accessible and engaging.
Artura.org is a free online database of diverse contemporary art.
ArtxHistory is an education resource of commonly available images, videos, mini-lectures and scholarship of the decades which influenced or defined the mid-century through contemporary art.
Art21 is a nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring a more creative world through the works and words of contemporary artists.
Artsy for Education
Resources for discovering and learning about art online.
Introductory eBooks in the Library