For background information, start with Grove Art Online which provides access to foremost scholarly art encyclopedia covering all aspects of Western and non-Western visual art. It includes the full text of The Dictionary of Art, edited by Jane Turner (1996, 34 volumes) – the landmark reference work containing more than 45,000 articles (more than 21,000 biographies and 500,000 bibliographical citations) contributed by 6,700 scholars from 120 countries. Both the 'Guided Tour' and 'Tools and Resources' (available from the Home page) provide useful information on searching Grove/Oxford Art Online.
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 'Journals & Periodicals' search feature on the Library's Web site.
These online sources contain some art history publications.
In addition to keyword and subject searches using Early Christian art, try these:
Art, Early Christian
Architecture, Early Christian
Christian art and symbolism
Illumination of books and manuscripts, Medieval
Lendenstreich, Valentin (doc. 1485--1507). Carved and painted altarpiece. 1498. Rottenbach kirche.
You can search ARTstor by the name of an art work, by geography, by classification (for example, architecture), or by collection (for example, Corpus Vitrearum Medii Aevi of Great Britain). Use the Advanced Search to limit by date.
Helpful videos on using ARTstor can be found on YouTube
Images from ARTstor are available in JSTOR results.