Art History - Reliability of Sources
Evaluate your sources based
on the following criteria:
|What are the authors
How reputable is the publisher?
|How reliable is the information?
Are there editors and fact checkers?
|What topics are included in
To what depth are topics explored?
Often hard to determine extent of coverage on web sites.
|Is the content of the work up-to-date?
What does the date on the web page mean, 1st created, last revised?
|Is the information
presented with a minimum of bias?
Are the goals/aim of the web site clearly stated?
Use the links below to find sources that will help you determine the
reliability (authority, accuracy...) of the sources you want to use.
About the Author About Periodicals
About Web sites
About the Author
Look in our
catalog to see what books we have by or about this person.
WorldCat. Do an author search to see what other books the author has
WorldCat Dissertations. Do an author
search to see topic of dissertation, when and where the doctorate was given.
Only those Dissertations cataloged in WorldCat.
Articles Database to see what
articles the author has written
Biography and Genealogy Master Index. An index to the various
biographical dictionaries such as Who's Who, Who's Who in America, Directory of
American Scholars, and hundreds of others. [ Use
Literature Resource Center to find biographical information about authors --
particularly in the set "Contemporary Authors". ]
Biography Resource Center
Includes biographies and full-text articles
from hundreds of magazines and newspapers on people from all eras and fields of
endeavor. It also includes tens of thousands of images and links to vetted
Virtual Reference Library -- Collections of subject Encyclopedias &
Dictionaries, may include biographical entries
New York Times Obituaries Index. 1858-1978. Actual articles will
be on microfilm.
Print: Reference CT 213 N47
which includes full-text articles from the
New York Times, 1980+
After 1978 use the New York Times Index.
Print: In the Micromaterials
Area MicroRef AI 21 N45
Obituaries from the Times. (London) Includes reprints of the articles
personages. For others only the reference citation is
given. Articles would have to
be obtained through Interlibrary Loan.
Print: Reference CT 120 O16
which includes full-text articles from
the London Times.
National Faculty Directory. A list of faculty at universities around
Print: Reference L 901 N34
Official Museum Directory. Look in the personnel index in the back.
Print: Reference AM 10 A2 O44
Check the Web using various search engines for faculty home pages, university
web sites, other directories, etc.
Magazines for Libraries. Gives information regarding reliability, bias
if it is peer-reviewed (refereed).
Print: Reference PN 4832 M34
Ulrich's International Periodical Directory. Tells if a journal is
Print: Reference Table A
About Books (Book
Book Review Index. Index to reviews appearing in newspapers, journals
Print 1965+: Reference Table A
New York Times Book Review Index, 1896-1970. Index to book reviews
appearing in the
New York Times newspaper. The actual articles are on
Print: Reference Table A
Art Full Text
Indexes more than 400 key international arts periodicals and some other
arts publications. Full text from 1997 onward is available for select
Art Index Retrospective. 1929-1984. Coverage of older articles
in international periodicals and journals in the arts. Also in print
1929-1997: Reference N1 A1 A78.
Includes full text of reviews appearing in many
newspapers from about 1980 forward.
About Web Sites
- Be Careful! Remember almost anyone can publish anything on the Web
- Web pages are unstable and easily altered
- Blur between information and advertising
Evaluating Web Pages: Techniques to Apply & Questions to Ask : by UC
Berkeley - Teaching Library Internet Workshops
For further assistance you can visit the Library Service Desk, call the Reference
Department (660-785-4051) or
contact the Reference librarian for Art.
Janet Romine, Reference Librarian for Art & Art History