Research Guide: Art and Art History

Finding Articles

Try using the following types of keywords in combination in the OneSearch box below.

Title of Work
Subject matter or theme of the piece

For example:

Tanner AND “the annunciation”
Realism AND painting
Orientalism AND art
Flowers AND “religious art”



You can also try searching for art research in one of our art specific databases. JSTOR will be a particularly helpful resource for art history research.


Some tips to make finding art research easier:

  • Go broad: there may not be a lot of content about your specific piece, but there will be articles on pieces like it, or from the same time period.
  • Artist Canon: even if there is limited content about your specific piece, there may be items about other pieces by the same artist which can be beneficial to your research.
  • Search for themes and motifs.
  • Run lots of different searches using different sets of keywords. 

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