Scholarly and academic books (sometimes called monographs) are books on a single subject, written by scholars (professors or other academics), and usually published by university presses. These are one of your best resources for research in art history.
Art catalogs are another major source for research in the arts. These differ from academic/scholarly books in that they usually focus on a single exhibition or documentation of an artists' work, rather than providing extensive analysis or historic research.
To search for art catalogs at Mason and beyond, use the library's Advanced Search:
1. Start with the Mason Libraries catalog
2. Look at the museum website where your object lives.