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Finding resources

Reference sources

Α reference source is “any publication from which authoritative information can be obtained, including but not limited to reference books, catalog records, printed indexes and abstracting services, and bibliographic databases” (Online Dictionary of Library Science ).

Reference works constitute excellent sources of background information. This means they are good starting points for your research, especially, if you are not very familiar with the topic you want to write about.

Our library has many different reference sources, such as encyclopedias, dictionaries, almanacs, yearbooks, etc., both in electronic and in print format. Some of the most important such sources in the fields of art history and archaeology are listed in this section.


Reference databases

Search the reference databases below for background information, definitions, and/or topic overviews from subject-specific encyclopedias, dictionaries, and other reference sources.