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Finding Secondary Sources

What exactly are secondary sources?

Secondary sources describe, discuss, interpret, comment upon, analyze, evaluate, summarize, and process primary sources. Secondary source materials can be things like books or articles found in scholarly journals that discuss or evaluate someone else's original research.

Find Art & Art History Articles

Are you getting too many results?

Use the word AND (in all-caps) between your search terms.

  • surrealism AND "Salvador Dali"
  • "baroque architecture" AND oval

Search for a Specific Phrase

Put quotations around a group of words like "baroque architecture" to retrieve results with that exact wording.


Do you need more results?

Use the word OR (in all-caps) between your search terms. 

  • 19th century OR nineteenth century
  • realise OR realize

Use an * at the end of a word to search for all forms of that word. 

  • educat* will return results for education, educator, educated, educating;etc.
  • environment* will also return results for environmentalism and environmentalist

An * can also be used to replace a character in a word.

  • wom*n will search for women and woman


Do you need more relevant results?

Use the word NOT (in all-caps) between your search terms.

  • UT NOT Tennessee
  • advertisement NOT magazine

Try grouping the above strategies in a single search: 

  • (children OR adolescents) AND disability AND (19th century OR nineteenth century)

Screenshot showing a box around the main library search bar. A second box is drawn around the Articles & More link.

Start searching with the big search box on the library homepage.

  • It searches most but not all the library's resources and will show results across six different categories: Articles & More, Books & Media, Journals, Databases, Research Guides, and the Library Website.

A more targeted place to search is at the link for Articles & More beneath the search bar.

On the left toolbar in an Articles & More search, check these boxes for credible & relevant results: 

  • Peer-Reviewed Journals

If you want to narrow even more, try these options to filter:

  • Resource Type
  • Subject
  • Creation Date

Keep an eye on the number of your search results. Start browsing when you feel you have a manageable number of results to skim through. 

Find Books on Art & Art History at UT

The Fine Arts Library and other UT Libraries have thousands and thousands of books on all conceivable topics in their collections. You can perform author and/or title searches in The Library Catalog to find both print and eBooks. You can also search by subject headings and keywords.


Ways to Search the Library Catalog


Keyword Searching

Use keywords to search for artists, art movements, materials, or your topic. 


Ed Ruscha 

Contemporary Art



Use the title of a book you are looking for in a catalog search. 

Example: A Short Guide to Writing about Art


Find a book by a specific author using their last name, first name. 

Example: Barnet, Sylvan

Subject Search

Use the subject search to find books related to your topic. 


American Art 


You can also try browsing the stacks in person at the Fine Arts Library. The books are located on the 5th floor and are cataloged by Library of Congress Classification. Try looking in these sections for the books that you need.

Art-General (N)

Architecture (NA)

Sculpture (NB)

Drawing (NC)

Commercial Art (NC 997)

Painting (ND)

Prints, Graphic Arts (NE)     

Decorative Arts (NK)

Design History (NK 1100 - NK 1400)

Furniture (NK 1900 - NK 2750)

Art Theory (NX)

Printing (Z 116 - Z 265)

Photography (TR)

Industrial Design (TS)

Typography/Typesetting (Z 250 - Z251)

Bibliographies can be very useful in collecting a group of information resources on a particular topic,  Resources collected and published as bibliographies have the added benefit of being recommended by an expert in the field, though they may not include the most recent publications.  Library catalogues are good sources for comprehensive searches of the literature.

These are usually multi-volume sets that chronicle the entire output of an artist's career. Extensively researched, they are often considered definitive pieces of scholarship. While not every artist merits a catalogue raisonné, the library has examples for many artists. Catalogues Raisonnés are also often broken down by media, for instance "the complete paintings" or "the complete drawings."  To find catalogues raisonné, search "catalogues raisonne" AND the artists name as a keyword search. 

Article Not Available Online?

If we don't have an article that you need, we can still get it for you through the Get a Scan service. 

To request a scan of a scholarly article, newspaper article or book chapter, use our Get scan service to have a PDF scan emailed to you within 1-3 business days.

How much is it?  Its free!

How many times can you do this?  There is no limit to the number of individual requests you can make. However, you can only request up to 3 chapters from one book. 

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