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ARH110: Art & Its Histories Section 4: Background Research

Fall 2018, E. Silverman

Resources Galore!

Find everything you need to conduct successful art history research at Smith's Art and Architecture Guide.

  • Books
  • Journals
  • Catalogs
  • Encyclopedias
  • Newspapers
  • Etc.

Online Resources

Using the Art Library

Reference Sources

Smith College Museum of Art Documentation

Five College Museums & Historic Deerfield Online Catalog 

Online catalog entries provide basic information about works of art in the SCMA collection including:

  • artist and title
  • image - a digital image for reference as you prepare your paper
  • description -- details on materials and methods used to create the work, size, conservation
  • subject (iconography)
  • context - the time and place it was created
  • ownership - when and why the work was created and its journey to the SCMA (provenance)

Print Publications in the Five College Library Catalog 

Use these subject headings to find print publications documenting works of art in the SCMA collections in the Hillyer Art Library and other Five College libraries

  • Collection Catalogs
    Smith College. Museum of Art -- Catalogs
  • Exhibition Catalogs
    Smith College. Museum of Art -- Exhibitions
  • Journals, Bulletins, Newsletters, etc.
    Smith College. Museum of Art -- Periodicals

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Visual Arts Librarian Nimisha Bhat


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