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Research Guides

Art History

This research guide provides a highly selective list of major reference resources in the field of Art History.

About Primary Sources

Primary sources provide first-hand testimony or direct evidence concerning a topic under investigation. They are created by witnesses or recorders who experienced the events or conditions being documented. 

Click on this link to read more about finding Primary Sources at the University of Toronto

For the novice art historian, finding Primary Resources may seem daunting, especially when much of the early material is in Latin, Italian, German and French.  Fortunately, most of the important material has been translated into English.  For undergraduate students, it is perfectly acceptable to use English translations, printed facsimiles and digitized copies - as long as you cite them properly.

The following examples are types of documents that are important for the study of Art History and and can be found in the UofT Libraries Catalogue: