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Online Encyclopedias and More
The electronic version of the Encyclopaedia Britannica. An excellent starting point for almost any topic of research, the Britannica offers both concise descriptions, and longer, more comprehensive articles on a wide variety of topics.
Grove Dictionary of Art
The Grove Dictionary of Art by
Call Number: HAT 2d Floor Stacks N31 .D5 1996
Publication Date: 2003
The only comprehensive art reference work in the world. It covers all the visual arts from prehistory to the 1990’s in 34 volumes. This is also available online as Grove Art Online
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