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Art & Architecture Library Research Guide

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RefWorks is a bibliographical management software which will help you organize your citations, articles, books, etc. paid for by the UMass Amherst Library, that the UMass Amherst community can access from the Library website. RefWorks collects, stores, and organizes citations from books, articles from databases, web sites, and other sources. RefWorks automatically converts citations into properly formatted bibliographies

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Library Research page for Art , Art History, & Architecture.

This guide is intended to help you with your library research in art, art history, architecture, and design. You can access our full-text and article arts databases, or search for a good reference source (encyclopedias, dictionaries, etc.) to help you in your research.

Need some historical or literary context? The Library subscribes to a large number of humanities databases in history, literature, and the classics.

Looking for images? We have an image library, as well as subscriptions to several image databases. Still not enough? Here is a list of "free" web sources for art images.

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Fine Arts Departments at UMass:

Architecture + Design

Art History

Studio Art


College Art Association

Architectural associations (thanks to University of Nevada Libraries)

Above all, don't hesitate to contact me to request a reference consulation, a bibliographic instruction session at the library for your class, or to suggest purchasing books or other materials to add to our collection. ¡A sus órdenes!

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