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Armenian Art, Architecture & Politics 4th to 14th Centuries

Research Sources & Tips







Background Information, Artifacts/Images

Reserves and Books

Journal Articles

Writing and Citing Sources


I. Background Information and and Artifacts/Images

  Definitions and Overviews

   Artifacts and Images


Oxford Art Online

Medieval Armenian Architecture: Constructions of Race and Nation / Christina Maranci. Oversize: NA1474 .M43 2000

The Armenians: Art, Culture and Religion / Nira and Michael Stone. DS175 .S76 2007

The Chester Beatty library: a Catalogue of the Armenian Manuscripts with an introd. on the History of Armenian Art / by Sirarpie Der Nersessian. Oversize: ND3239.A7 B4

Dictionary of Subjects and Symbols in Art N7560 .H34 2008

Encyclopedia of the Middle Ages



The Arts of Armenia

This site contains images, descriptions, and bibliography for many Armenian manuscripts and monuments.

Codex Etchmiadzin

a codex Gospel of supreme importance in the history, art, and culture of Armenia.


Artifact (Tufts University)


Books with Images:

monuments and pictorial works

medieval and "pictorial works"

II. Reserves and Books

  A. Use Library Catalogs for Reserves and Books

  B. Sample Searches:

(note the search pattern; modify to your own needs)


1. Course Reserves


2. Tufts Libraries Catalog

3. BLC WorldCat (beyond Tufts)


The Broader Context:


Art, Armenia.

Architecture Armenia

Narrower Focuses:


Christian art and symbolism -- Armenia

Illumination Of Books And Manuscripts -- Armenia

Specific Topics:


armenia* and (architect* or art) and influenc*

Tip: influenc* searches for influence, influenced, etc.


Books with Images:


monuments and pictorial works

medieval and "pictorial works"



Types of Documents: (see below their research value.)


Art, Armenian -- Exhibitions.

These exhibition and museum catalogues are uniquely valuable sources, which may include:

*Fundamental data on each work of art;

*Official images of the artworks;

*Curatorial statements/essays;

*essays by art critics/historians;

*list of scholarly publications on the art,

*and more.

Following is an example from Tisch library:

book coverTreasures from the Ark: 1700 Years of Armenian Christian Art / Vrej Nersessian. Oversize: N7973.6.A7 .N47 2001b
Googlebooks limited preview

III. Journal Articles and More

   A. Subject Databases:

   B. Finding Full Text

1. Two favorite collections of core journals of all disciplines:




    Project Muse



2. Period Studies:


International Medieval Bibliography (400-1500).


Iter: Gateway to the Middle Ages and Renaissance (400 -1700).


3. Search accross or sepatately the following three databases:

Academic Search Premier (all subjects)
Art Source
Women's Studies


Limit Your Results


4. Search across or separately the following three databases:

ARTbibliographies Modern
International Bibliography of Art
Architecture (the Avery Index)



5. Dissertations & Theses


6. When use GoogleScholar, set your Library Links to access Tufts full texts.

1. Click on the findIt@tufts button 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)

b. Electronic journals list

c. Use ILliad to request your article, if Tufts does not have your journal.


A Few Core Journals:

Dumbarton Oaks Papers

Early Medieval Europe

Essays in Medieval Studies


Medieval Encounters


Studies in Iconography. (Tisch oversize: NX1 .S84)


The Art Bulletin.

Art History


IV. Writing and Citing

   Writing Help

   Citing Sources

Writing the Art History Paper

A Survival Guide for Art History Students by Professor Christina Maranci (Tisch Library, Oversize: N385 .M37 2005)

A good critique is really more about your own confidence as a reader than about possession of specific knowledge.”

A systematic approach in your reading helps you consider the article critically:

1. What is the thesis?

2. What are the primary and secondary sources used?

3. How does the author connect these sources?

4. Does the author agree or disagree with the secondary sources?

5. What is the main methodology in the author’s analysis and argument? (formalism or feminism in art history, for example.)

6. Is the author clear in his/her logic and presentation?

7. Are the conclusions convincing?






Tufts Academic Resources Center -- Writing Tutors


Chicago Style Manual