Most history of art resources are found in the Arts and Social Sciences Library. Notable areas within the classification scheme include:
If you need an item which is not available anywhere in the library system here in print or online, you can use the Inter-Library Loans service to obtain it from another library. See the information below in the Inter-Library Loans section for details. Access to other university libraries and the British Library may be a useful alternative.
History of Art PhD, and MA theses of staff and students of the Department, are available in the thesis collection in the Arts and Social Sciences Library.
The Arts and Social Sciences Library contains a special collection of rare books.
The Inter-Library Loans (ILL) service can be used to obtain Items not held in print in the University's branch libraries or available online. Items can be ordered via the ILL tab from the Library Catalogue.
All History of Art undergraduates and postgraduates should discuss their requirements with their supervisor before placing an ILL request. For undergraduates ILLs may be required for dissertations, but should not be required for coursework. If you are having difficulties with finding material for coursework please discuss with your subject librarian.
MetaLib: your resource gateway provides access to a vast range of online resources, including databases, search engines, subject gateways, and selected Internet resources.
A database guide is available for the Bibliography of History of Art. This guide is available in two formats:
Note: some of the documents on this webpage are in PDF format. In order to view a PDF you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader
Please note: it is important that you are critical in judging the quality of the information that you find! The following resource will help you to use the Internet more effectively:
MetaLib: your resource gateway provides access to a vast range of online resources
When you use MetaLib log in with your University of Bristol username and password, this means that you gain direct access to most of the resources it contains without any further restrictions.
Additionally the following can act as a good starting point for discovering subject resources on the Internet (many of these are also found in MetaLib).
The following resources constitute a selection of useful quick reference tools.
|The dictionary of art (34 vols.)||N33 DIC|
|Encyclopedia of world art||Oversize N31 ENC|
|Oxford companion to art||N33 OXF|
|Oxford companion to western art||N33 OXF|
|Oxford dictionary of art||N33 OXF|
|Thames and Hudson dictionary of art terms||N33 LUC|
|Thames and Hudson dictionary of art and artists||N33 THA|
|Thames and Hudson dictionary of design since 1900||NK1390 JUL|
|The concise Oxford dictionary of art and artists||N33 OXF|
|The Penguin dictionary of art and artists||N31 MUR|
|Yale dictionary of art and artists||N33 LAN|
|Enciclopedia dell'arte antica||Oversize PAN31 ENC|
|A dictionary of twentieth-century art||N6485.3 CHI|
|The Oxford dictionary of the Renaissance||CB361 CAM|
|Handbook of modern British painting and printmaking, 1900-1990||ND468 HAN|
|A dictionary of Russian and Soviet artists, 1420-1970||Oversize N6981 MIL|
|Dent dictionary of symbols in Christian art||N7830 SPE|
|Oxford companion to Christian art and architecture||N7830 MUR|
|Dictionary of women in religious art||N7793.W65 APO|
|Penguin dictionary of architecture and landscape architecture||NA31 FLE|
|A dictionary of architecture||NA31 CUR|
|International directory of arts. 24th ed. 1998/99||Serial N50.I6|
|Who's who in art. 27th ed. 1996||Serial N40.W5|
Literature references are often written with abbreviated terms. Probably the most troublesome are abbreviated journal titles which can make finding a journal difficult.
To help in your search for journal abbreviations you may find the following information sources useful:
If you are unable to find the title of an abbreviation you are looking for please ask a member of the Library staff for assistance.
EndNote is the University of Bristol's recommended bibliographical management software, which can be used to collect, store, organise and manage references, and to output them as reference lists or bibliographies. A particularly useful function is 'Cite While You Write', enabling you to format Word documents, producing bibliographies and adding references within the text.
Updated 27 April 2015 by the University Library
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