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Art & Art History: Get Started

A subject guide for research in art and art history.

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No one is born knowing how to use a library for college research. All of us at Tutt Library are ready to help you with your research whether you are a first year student or a tenured professor. 

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Young Scholar in His Study: Melancholy

c. 1630
Oil on panel, 46 x 34 cm
Musée des Beaux-Arts, Lille

Use the catalog to find books and more at Colorado College

Use the CC library catalog to find books, DVDs, and other things in our local collection, as well as links to online resources such as ebooks and streaming video.

If you are used to the old "Tiger" catalog, that was replaced with our new catalog in the summer of 2019. It should work similarly to Tiger, but better! Please ask at the Research Desk or Circulation Desk if you need help.

Getting started in research for art and art history

Much of the time, an art history research project will start with an artist or artwork or genre already in mind. In that case, you need to start finding context for your subject. Before diving into journal articles, consider using the Oxford Art Online Encyclopedia (below) to place your subject in time, space, among other artists, and so on.

Get started finding articles

The databases below are great places to start looking for art history and criticism, book reviews, gallery reviews, and interviews with artists. Use the "Find Articles" section of this guide for many more suggestions of where and how to search.

Humanities Librarian

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Steve Lawson
Tutt Library Room 311
1021 N. Cascade Ave.
Colorado Springs CO 80903