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Art and Design Foundation

Reference materials like dictionaries and encyclopedia are a great starting point for research. They include:

  • definitions     
  • background information     
  • overviews     
  • history     
  • fast facts     
  • statistics

They can help you get a good understanding of artistic methods or techniques, graphic design and designers, and art and design theory.  ‚ÄčThe Library's reference materials are available in a variety of formats, including: databases, online books or e-books, and books in print.

Reference Material Databases

encyclopedia and images

Oxford Art Online

Encyclopedia and image database covering visual arts and design from prehistory to the present (worldwide in scope but strongest in Western art).

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Encyclopedia Britannica

Multidisciplinary encyclopedia with comprehensive articles, plus biographies, timelines, images, videos, world atlas, country snapshots, statistics and an online dictionary.

Online Dictionaries and Encyclopedia