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Art and Historic Preservation Resources

This guide provides resources for the study of art and historic preservation. It includes links to international, national, state and local sites, legal information, organizations and preservation of varied materials. It also includes art research help.

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Reference Sources Online

A good reference source is often the best place to begin research when you do not know a great deal about a subject. Oxford Art Online is an essential tool when researching in the arts. One recent topic to try is "Conservation of Tapestry."

Preservation Research

Subject headings and Keywords 

Subject headings can cover topics. When you find a book in OneSearch, you can follow the links listed under Subject. These links often take you to more book titles for your research.

Add the subheading conservation and restoration to the following subjects: architecture, historic buildings, monuments. Here's an example: Architecture--conservation and restoration

You can use keywords for searching when you are not sure of exact subjects. Here are some keywords to try with historic preservation topics: environmental aspects, landscape protection, historic sites, conservation and restoration, monuments, architecture, law, cultural heritage, cultural property, tourism. You can add geographical terms (such as New York) to subjects and keywords.

Here are examples of keywords to try for art preservation topics: art (or books or paper or sculpture, etc.) conservation and restoration, paper preservation, photographs preservation, museum conservation methods.

You can also search for journal articles using subject headings and keywords.

FInd and Request an Item from the University Libraries

Learn how to locate articles, books, streaming media, and more within our collection and how to request items that we don't readily have access to.