Welcome to the Art History and Visual Culture LibGuide
Use this Subject LibGuide to help you make the most of the library and information resources and services.
Some publishers have temporarily opened up their online collections to support students during this period. Library updates and a full list of new e-collections can be found here. We expect this list to grow over the next few weeks so keep checking back.
Below are some databases that contain resources for your subject:
The following databases will help you discover material related to art history and visual culture. You have access to further resources via the Art History and Visual Culture subject list area in the A-Z Databases list
Research databases index the global literature and provide references to journal articles, books, conference proceedings, reports etc that match your search criteria. They help you to find information about previous publications in your research field.
You can browse by subject e.g. Art History and Visual Culture or type (e.g.maps, news, images etc.) or search to find your required resource.
Explore the full A to Z Database list:
Box of Broadcasts (BoB) is an extensive archive of free-to-air TV programmes and radio shows
TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less).
You can explore TED Talks related to the topic of art.
You'll find talks on all sorts of other topics too. The latest and most popular talks are available from the TED homepage.
Below is a talk by Denis Dutton giving his insights into what is beauty.
Library Hub Discover - Search the catalogues of over 100 major UK and Irish national, academic and specialist libraries to find books, journals and other materials
WorldCAT - Search the collections of over 10,000 worldwide libraries
The European Library - Access to the collections of the 48 National Libraries of Europe and leading European Research Libraries.
The Library of Congress - Catalogue records of the print and digital resources held in the Library of Congress collections (USA)
LibWeb - Find online library catalogues worldwide
CORE - Search the world's largest collection of open access research papers
You are likely to use a wide range of different types of information sources for your research. As well as academic sources such as books and journal articles, you may want to use audio-visual sources such as images, illustrations, film and sound; primary materials such as 3-dimensional objects, maps; ephemera etc. Use the online support highlighted here to guide your searching
You have online access to hundreds of online books that cover art history and visual culture. Use the Library Search to search by topic to discover relevant content. Take a look at the following to give you an idea of how you can search and browse online books like these.
|700||The Arts (General)|
|701||Art philosophy and theory|
|708||Galleries and museums|
|730||Sculpture and sculptors|
|740||Drawing, graphic design and decorative arts|
|750||Paintings and painters|
|770||Photography and photographers|
|791||Film and cinema
|792||Stage and theatre|
Our wide range of archive collections contain digitised copies of documents, letters, books , photographs and other primary sources. The Primary Sources libguide introduces the library’s collections and provides links to as well as some freely available archival collections online.
It’s worth remembering that not everything you require will be available online! You may need to make research trips to access print material as well. Don’t forget the Library’s Special Collections archive holds primary source material you can use.
A full list of image databases can be found here in the A to Z database list.
There are lots of museum and gallery websites such as the British Museum, Victoria & Albert Museum, Tate Galleries, National Gallery, National Portrait Gallery etc. that have quality images of their collections.
However, copyright restrictions apply to the use of images, and this will vary depending on who owns the copyright and how you want to use the image. Check the licence details on the website if in doubt. See our Using Images LibGuide for more information.
These are just a few of the audio-visual databases that we subscribe to. You can see a fuller list in the A to Z database here.
There are a number of collections that can be accessed locally in the Exeter area.
Use the Search Techniques LibGuides for lots of hints and tips on successful online searching
As you search you need to keep track of all the material you will be using in your academic work so that you can cite and reference it appropriately.
Always check your module handbook for specific departmental guidance on the style required for your assessed works and dissertations. Check with your personal tutor or dissertation supervisor if you need clarification.
For more guidance take a look at:
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Find out more about the skills support available to help you develop a range of academic skills including essay writing, referencing, critical reading and getting the most out of lectures.
Sage Research Methods Online (SRMO) is a great resource to use when you are planning and conducting your research.
It is targeted at social science researchers but is useful across all subject areas as it covers key research methodology topics that are applicable across the research spectrum.
Sage have produced a comprehensive LibGuide to help you get the best from the resource.