The Ellen Clarke Bertrand Library

Worldcat Library Catalog Journal Titles

Art & Art History: Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

Oxford Art Online (includes the Grove Dictionary of Art)

Some Broadly Art-focused Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

Looking for introductions or information on something else? Try searching worldcat for your keyword + encyclopedia or dictionary. 

How to use these sources?

Reference sources provide opportunities for fact-checking and/or short introductory articles on topics.

Often, reference sources can be great resources to help you develop your topic or expand your knowledge of related ideas. 

Some uses of reference sources include: 

  • Reading topical encyclopedia pages to inspire questions and topics
  • Using dictionaries and encyclopedias to understand what a word or phrase that shows up in your sources means and why it's important
  • Using a multi-language dictionary to translate a word that appears in its original language
  • Using an atlas or other image-heavy source to get a sense of where something is/was and what it looks/looked like.

References sources are one option you have for these research needs- one benefit of using reference sources like the ones on this page is that they tend to have a high level of academic authority because they are written and reviewed by academic experts.