Use this guide to perform background research to refine a research topic, confirm terminology, find biographical information and examples of works, styles, or movements, and get a general understanding before finding books and articles to support a research project.
Search or browse across ten subject encyclopedias and dictionaries with over 25,000 entries. References are linked via Get VText.
The AAT is a structured vocabulary of around 34,000 concepts, including 131,000 terms, descriptions, bibliographic citations, and other information relating to fine art, architecture, decorative arts, archival materials, and material culture. Use terms located here for searches in other databases.
The ULAN is a structured vocabulary currently containing around 293,000 names and other information about artists. Names in ULAN may include given names, pseudonyms, variant spellings, names in multiple languages, and names that have changed over time (e.g., married names). Among these names, one is flagged as the preferred name.