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Art History 101: Historiography and Methodology: Home


Welcome to my Research Sources page for FAH101: Art History Historiography and Methodology!

Chao Chen, your Art History Research Librarian
Email:; Tel: 617• 627• 2057

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Overviews | Bibliographies | Visuals



Bibliographies & Review of Books

Primary Sources and More Resources Guides

Tufts libraries hold many primary materials, digital and in-print. For examples:

  • American History, 1493-1945.
    Correspondence, diaries, government documents, business records, books, pamphlets, newspapers, broadsides, photographs, artwork and maps
  • American Indian Histories and Culture, 1500-1998.
    Manuscripts, maps, atlases, legal documents, diaries, artwork, photographs, and newspapers
  • American West, 1718-1968.
    Manuscripts, rare books, pamphlets, periodicals, broadsides, ephemera, maps and illustrative material


More Resources Pages:

Serivces and Tools

Evaluationg Information

Books | Articles

Finding Books    

Path of Discovery in JumboSearch, (our book catalog and more)

  1. Find a relevant book (e.g., from your assigned readings?)
  2. Note the descriptive language of the Catalog record.
  3. Use that language in further searches

e.g., Click on subjects in the record to see further results and related topics; and/or combine these subject phrases with other keywords for a more focused search:

Title: Exploring the invisible: art, science, and the spiritual
Author: Gamwell, Lynn
Subjects: Art and science 
  Art, Abstract
  Spirituality in art


Finding Journal Articles 

1. All Subjects

2. History of Art Databases

Tip: Crash the Research Party

Subject-specific databases such as Art & Architecture Source. is where art historians and scholars are having their research party, sharing with each other their scholarship. Throw art historians/artists/ their works that interest you into the database; then "listen to" the conversations about them: how scholars have studied them? If you don’t yet have specifics in mind, entering keywords of topical themes, and observe which art historians/artists/artworks are being associated with these topics, how and why?

3. Related Subject-Databases:





**For some very recent artists/artworks or less studied past figures, you might need to use newspapers/magazine; then, apply scholarship on related themes/genres in study these new or old cases.

Current Newspapers

Historical Magazines and Newspapers

**A complete list of newspapers, current and historical.