Reference sources and useful for finding the basic details of a topic: names, dates, places, related artists or themes, movements, etc. Consider these if you're struggling to define a topic, or as your next step after Wikipedia.
Scholarly art encyclopedia. Includes over 200,000 reference articles on every aspect of the visual arts from prehistory to the present, with selected images, written by over 6,800 scholars. Serves as the access point for Grove Art Online, the Benezit Dictionary of Artists, and other Oxford art reference resources. Tutorial for the Oxford Art Online database.
Award-winning reference book on graphic design. In addition to classic topics such as the invention of writing and alphabets, the origins of printing and typography, and postmodern design, this edition presents new information on current trends and technologies.
Offers exclusive, authoritative research guides developed by scholars and librarians worldwide to address a variety of subjects, including African Studies, Anthropology, Atlantic History, Cinema and Media Studies, Classics, Criminology, Education, International Law, International Relations, Latin American Studies, Management, Music, Political Science, and Sociology. Tutorial for the Oxford Bibliographies Online database.