Franklin &  Marshall College Library

MSS 126: Art / Life

Encyclopedias and Dictionaries

Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy
This ten volume set begun in 1991 serves as an update to the Encyclopedia of Philosophy. An extensive subject index with ample cross references, this set is invaluable for obtaining and overview of major philosophical areas of research. Contains bibliographies.

Grove Art Online
Online version of the 34-volume text covering all forms of the visual arts from prehistory to the 1990s. Includes 41,000 articles and 10,000 color images.

Encyclopedia of Aesthetics
In four volumes this reference set takes upon itself the monumental task of capturing the multiple dimensions of "critical reflection on art, culture and nature." Contains bibliographies.

Dictionary of Philosophy
Covering Western philosophy, this alphabetically arranged source contains brief to medium length entries on philosophers, terms and concepts. Cross references provide additional scope.

Encyclopedia of Psychology
Published in eight volumes, this encyclopedia has over 2,000 separate entries with an index in the last volume of over 24,000 terms. Contains an extensive bibliography

Handbooks and Manuals

Handbook of Western Philosophy
Begins with chapter on "What is Philosophy?" and continues with individual, scholarly essays on philosophical issues such as truth, analysis of knowledge, induction and probability, and aesthetics. A bibliographies is included at the close of each essay. Notes on contributors are provided at the end as well as an index and chronology.

Looking at Art
A short compensium of the history of art providing useful overviews of periods and their componet parts. Contains bibliographies.

The Art Book
A collection of full color plates taken of the works of over 500 artists and sculptures from medieval to modern times.

Timelines of the Arts and Literature
With an extensive index, this resource provides a timeline of major events in the fine arts, literature and contemporary culture from 100,000 B.C.through 1992.

Twentieth-Century Artists on Art
This unique resource provides access to artists' commentary on their own work and art in general. It covers over 450 primary sources spanning 60 nationalities with coverage ending in 1983.

Biographical Sources

Fifty Major Philosophers
For each philosopher is included: "a short statement containing the main thrust of his philosophy; information about his life; and concise expositions of one or two aspects of his thought, along with mention, where appropriate, of its connection with the thought of other philosophers." (preface) Includes "Further Readings" at the close of each article and a brief glossary in back.

Biographical Dictionary of Artists
A comprehensive one volume dictionary of major artists from the Romanesque (1100 A.D.) through the Modern period (1950 A.D.) this work also includes chronological tables, illustrations and colored plates as well as a glossary and index. Contains bibliographies.

Contemporary Artists
Including only persons who were living after 1965, this reference source provides information on over 800 artists often including listings of exhibits, critical evaluation and the artist's self analysis.

Indexes, Abstracts and Full-Text Databases

Art Full Text
Variety of international English-language arts publications. Indexing from 1984 to present, abstracting from 1994 to present.

Humanities Full Text
Indexes over 300 English-language periodicals covering classical studies, history, literature, performing arts, philosophy, and related fields. Covers 1984 to the present.

Arts & Humanities Search
Over 1.4 million records referencing more than 1,300 of the world's leading arts and humanities journals. Covers 1980 to the present.

A collection of abstracts and articles from over 200 scholarly journals, many dating from the nineteenth-century to the last 4 or 5 years.

World Wide Web

Aesthetics Online
Articles about aesthetics, philosophy of art, art theory and art criticism, as well as information about relevant events worldwide all contribute to make this official WWW site of the American Society of Aestheics a useful resource.

Although a commercial site, the ArtChive has a solid collection of images available for use although the reprodcution quality as seen online is not of the same calibre as other mediums.

Virtual Libraries Museum Page
Maintained by Jonathan Bowen of Oxford, UK. this site contains an extensive list of links to the web pages of museums and galleries throughout the world.

Last updated: 1/4/04 ag, contact Andy Gulati for assistance, 291-4261