Try out Credo Reference or Oxford Art Online when you need some background info, but you want something more reliable than Wikipedia! These searchable database let you search for a topic or browse around to discover new topics! Try searching for your favorite artist!
To find basic info about a work of art (creator/medium/where it's housed), try Artstor!
You'll also get a great high-quality image file!
When you search using our new @LL Search you get results from the book catalog AND the journal databases! You might also find Research Starters like these. Click on them to get Wikipedia-like articles with background info on a topic from published encyclopedias you can trust!
Try out your own search below! Remember that "Van Gogh" or "Impressionism" don't make good paper topics because they are too broad, but you can always start broad and narrow your topic after reading some of these background articles!
You can use all the resources above to find artist bios, but you can also check out these awesome resources:
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