You wouldn’t go on vacation without first finding some information about what the place that you are visiting is like and what it has to offer, right? You wouldn't cook an elaborate meal without checking to see what you need to actually prepare it, would you? Well, the same is true of research! This is where Background Information comes in. Background info can:
Both types of sources can help you find definitions of terms, keywords, can give you ideas about how to start your research.
How are library encyclopedias different from Wikipedia?
Online and print encyclopedias from the Library have been checked for accuracy and quality. Wikipedia hasn't although it can often point you in the direction of quality, scholarly information.
There are various ways of finding background information about artists. Here are some options:
Use these to find:
Museum and Gallery websites
If you know where the works of a particular artist are located or who owns them, you will be able to get additional information about that work as well. Check the institutions’s website for more detailed information on the artist, or on the work that you are interested in. Museums and galleries will provide the most up to date information on items in their collections, and also provide links to additional information in many cases.
Grove Art Online This link opens in a new window
Grove Art Online is the online edition of The Dictionary of Art, often referred to as the Grove Dictionary of Art, and part of Oxford Art Online, an internet gateway to online art reference publications of Oxford University Press, which also includes the online version of the Benezit Dictionary of Artists. It is a large encyclopedia of art, previously a 34-volume printed encyclopedia first published by Grove in 1996 and reprinted with minor corrections in 1998. A new edition was published in 2003 by Oxford University Press.
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