Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.
Beginning this summer, we are working to upgrade the research experience by making ongoing improvements to our Research Guides.
You may encounter changes in the look and feel of the Research Guides website along with structural changes to our existing guides. If you have any questions or concerns about this process please let us know.

ARH 2051 Art History-Leader: Subject Searching

Art History Survey II, Renaissance to Modern taught by Dr. Karen Leader

Subject Searching

At "Basic Search" or "Advanced Search" screen select "Subject Heading"  from menu and type in the following subject headings (with dashes for subheadings):

Art--Europe--History
Art and revolutions--Europe--History
       --19th century

Art and society--Europe--History

Art Patronage
Art, Modern
Art, Renaissance
Modernism (Art)
Monet, Claude
Painters
Painters--France
Painting, Modern
Pottery, European
Realism in art--Europe

Browse books on the shelf by Call Number: 
(3rd floor, west side)

N                  Visual Arts
NA               Architecture

NB               Sculpture
NC               Drawing, Design, & Illustration
ND               Painting
NE               Print Media
NK               Decorative Arts
NX               Arts in General

(4th floor, east side)

TR                Photography
TP, TT          Ceramics (Handicrafts, 
                       Arts and Crafts)

General Terms to narrow your search on a topic

Using Boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT), to further limit ideas, concepts and topics. Use one or more of the following with your topic to narrow down an aspect of your topic. 

Remember to use "quotation marks" around phrases to search for words as phrases. 

  • argument
  • attitudes
  • benefits
  • confronting
  • crimes against
  • crisis
  • criticism
  • debate
  • definition
  • effects
  • ethics
  • health aspects
  • interviews
  • issues
  • laws or regulations
  • motives
  • outcomes
  • outlook
  • political aspects
  • policy
  • prevention
  • problems
  • projects
  • properties
  • psychological aspects
  • public opinion
  • reform
  • religious aspects
  • rights
  • research
  • social policy
  • statistical data
  • structure
  • theories
  • trend
  • usage
  • viewpoint

Art-related Search Terms to Narrow Your Topic

  • audience
  • comparative analysis
  • context
  • description
  • details
  • evolution
  • form
  • function
  • genre
  • geography
  • heritage
  • history
  • "history of fine arts"
  • legend OR myth
  • imagery
  • materials OR medium
  • modes of use
  • motifs
  • mystery
  • other considerations
  • parallels
  • perspective
  • practicality OR whimsy
  • production
  • relationships
  • religious practices
  • significance
  • similar objects
  • style
  • symbolism
  • tradition
  • value

Monti, Gaetano, 1824. Head of a Bull.
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. 

Open Access Image from https://www.nga.gov/collection/art-object-page.60893.html