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AHIS 3959: Art History Senior Research Seminar

This guide supports the thesis course for art history

Using this Guide

Image from the Barnard Archives

Welcome to the research guide for Senior Seminar in Art History

Here you will find resources to help you with your architecture research. Use the side navigation to find:

  • Resources to find background information on your topic
  • Places to find books in print and online
  • Databases for locating scholarly and peer reviewed journal articles, reviews, and newspaper articles
  • Primary sources for doing archival research
  • Databases for finding high-quality and reliable images
  • Information for citing your sources and writing in art history

If you need assistance identifying additional resources, search terms or strategies, you can make an appointment by clicking on the "Schedule Appointment button on the left, or email me at

Image: [detail] Art History Class at Metropolitan Museum with Professor Julius Held, 1962. Photograph. Barnard College Archives.

General Reference Resources for Art History

Background resources in art history


What is Zotero?

Zotero: Zotero is a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collection, organize, cite and share research. It'll change your life! Once you've downloaded the Zotero software and browser connector, you will be able to save books you find in the catalog, resource you spot on the web, and even ingest pdfs of article - complete with all their citation information - and store them in one easy to organize space. 

Zotero Tips

  • Use Zotero to organize your research, add annotations to resources, and to create bibliographies and footnotes
  • Download Zotero by going to Remember to download the software and preferred browser plugin
  • Set the citation style by selecting "Zotero" in the top navigation of your computer and then "Preferences"
  • Use the Zotero icon in your browser to save resources you find in CLIO (or other library catalogs) and on the web
  • Create bibliographies by dragging and dropping selected items
  • Create footnotes by dragging and dropping while holding the shift button (Mac) or right clicking (PC) on the desired resource

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