Medieval Art in the Mediterranean: Pagans, Jews, Christians, and Muslims
Research Sources & Tips
Definitions and Overviews
87 Thematic Essays on Islamic Art and More
Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History.)
Miniatures from the Topkapi Museum (Istanbul)
(medieval and renaissance manuscripts from many institutions.
There are times you may need to find print images in books, museum/exhibition catalogs.
A. Use Library Catalogs for Reserves and Books
B. Sample Searches:
(note the search pattern; modify to your own needs)
3. WorldCat (beyond Tufts)
1. Subject Browse on Broad Topics:
Mosaics, Ancient (specific medium)
2. Keyword Searches on More Specific Topics:
Textiles in the area and period in general:
Textiles in, specifically, Venice in the period"
Islamic influences in specific art centers, Venice or Sicily:
The larger context of art in the region and period:
Tips: include "and" in between keywords; "or" and ( ) to nest elated/varied expressions; art* for art, arts, artists, etc..
1. include "and" in between keywords;
2. "or" and ( ) to nest related/varied expressions;
3. art* for art, arts, artists, etc.
*Try using historical terms such as "Persia", "Ottoman", "Iberia", Al Andalus, Caliph, Caliphal, as well.
3. Find Exhibition/Museum Catalogues
These exhibition and museum catalogues are uniquely valuable sources, which may include:
*Fundamental data on each work of art;
*Official images of the artworks;
*essays by art critics/historians;
*list of scholarly publications on the art;
*interviews with artists;
A. Subject Databases:
B. Searching Tips:
C. Finding Full Text
Two favorite collections of core journals of all disciplines.
2. Period Studies:
International Medieval Bibliography (400-1500).
Iter: Gateway to the Middle Ages and Renaissance (400 -1700).
3. BHA: Bibliography of the History of Art = Bibliographie d'Histoire de l'Art
Getty Art History Information Program, 1973-2009 [Publication suspended 31 March 2010.
4. Search across these subjects or separately:
5. Explore your topic from other perspectives:
6. Art Full Text and Retrospective (1929- present; “select” Full Text 1997- present)
7. When use GoogleScholar, set your Library Links to access Tufts full texts.
1. Find More Articles like this "perfect" one
Search, in Arts and Humanities Citation Index, for the article you have read. For example the article in your syllabus:
Hoffman, Eva R. "Pathways of portability: Islamic and Christian interchange from the tenth to the twelfth century." Art History 24:1 (2001) 17-50.
References: 118 Times Cited: 9
You can, then, look up, in the record, the 118 references that Hoffman cited for her article and, in turn, 9 articles that cited hers. The assumption is that these articles address related issues.
1. Not every single article is cited;
2. Influential authors are cited more often;
3. More recent publications take time to be cited.
2. Find "Literature Review"
Reviews of recent books and other types of review articles in major journals in a discipline are likely to summarize the current state of research in an area.
An example of review of Books:
Brend, Barbara. "Caliphs and kings: The Art and Influence of Islamic Spain. Speculum 81:1 (2006) 180-181.
1. Click on the button in your search results screen to a window of three sequential options:
a. link to the digital full text when available;
b. link to a Library Catalog search for the print journal;
c. link to ILliad for requesting the article when the above two options are negative.
2. Search for a journal directly here:
a. Tufts Library Catalog (including e-journals)
c. Use ILliad to request your article, if Tufts does not have your journal.
A Few Core Journals:
4. Writing and Citing
A Short Guide to Writing about Art by Sylvan Barnet. Oversize: N7476 .B37 2011
Writing the Art History paper (Dartmouth Writing Program)
Tufts Academic Resources Center -- Writing Tutors