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ARTH 390 Methodological Approaches to Art History

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The Getty Research Institute Library

If you cannot locate adequate information in Pepperdine Libraries or through InterLibrary Loan, you may wish to visit the Getty Research Institute Library at 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles 90049. However, you will need to plan ahead and contact the library in advance.  Read through the information on "Visiting the Research Library".  Submit the Research Library Request Form

Getty Union List of Artist Names (ULAN)

ARTstor Images for Your Paper & Presentation

Flowers sent as a gift - David Hockney

 Hockney, David. Flowers Sent as a Gift. 1995, Oil on canvas. Exhibited at André Emmerich Gallery, Spring 1996. Image and original data provided by Larry Qualls. ARTstor.

The best place to find images for your presentation or paper is the database,  ARTstor.  Log on to ARTstor, create a personal account and create an image group.  Then view information on how to Export to Power Point

You can search ARTstor by the name of an art work, by geography, by classification (for example, architecture), or by collection (for example, Beyond the Taj).  Use the Advanced Search to limit by date.

Helpful videos on using ARTstor can be found on UTube


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Finding Articles

Getting Started

For background information, start with an exhaustive reference work such as  Grove Art Online.  The online edition  is updated regularly.  A print copy (The dictionary of art)   is available in the Starr Collection:  Starr N 31 .D5 1996

Bibliographies located in books or at the end of journal articles can be very helpful.  To learn if Pepperdine has access to a particular journal, search for the name of the journal in the library catalog, or use the 'E-journals' search feature on the Library's Web site.

Online books

Online books can be found through a search of the library catalog; limit your search result to Format: Book: ebook  Many ebooks can be read by multiple people at the same times

You can search the full-text of books in collections of e-books such as:

Other collections containing some books on art and art history topics:

Chicago Style Citation Guidelines

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Course Description

An upper-division discussion seminar designed to be a critical examination of the history of the discipline of art history. Includes a study of the primary literature that has defined past and present art historical practice.

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