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ARTS 598 - An Artist's Life - Akiyama (UNH Durham): Biographies and Encyclopedias

First Steps

For background information, start with an exhaustive reference work such as  Oxford Art Online . Both the 'Guided Tour' and 'Tips for Users' (available from the Home page) provide useful information on searching.

Bibliographies located in books or at the end of journal articles can be very helpful. 

Online Reference Sources

Additional Online Reference Resources

  • Biography in Context 
    Content includes reference material, magazines, audio and video content, images, and links to screened, reliable websites
  • Oxford Music Online  Resource Offers more than 8,000 articles on composers, performers, conductors, instruments and notation, forms and genres, and individual works

Print Reference Sources

The Reference Collection on the 3rd Floor of Dimond Library is another good place to start your research. Reference sources can provide background on your area of study, help you focus your topic, and serve as a springboard to other research.  

In our collection you'll find:

  • dictionaries
  • general encyclopedias (such as World Book)
  • specialized encyclopedias that go into depth on one particular area of study
  • almanacs
  • bibliographies

Check with your instructor to verify which reference sources may be cited in your project and which should be used for background research only.

Art Reference Books

Materials in the Reference Collection may only be used in the library.  Below is a list of specialized encyclopedias that you may find useful with your research.