Skip to main content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.
John M. Flaxman Library SAIC School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Evaluating Resources Guide

Identifying Relevant Publications for Art History Research

                              Journals                                                                                              Books

  Peer-Reviewed Articles Academic/University Press Museum or Exhibition Catalogs

Journal of Asian Studies

Casta Painting: Images of Race in Eighteenth-Century Mexico

Treasures of Venice: Paintings from the Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest 


Primary account of original research; In-depth analysis of issues in the field; Articles often include abstract, method, discussion, tables, conclusion, and references;

Peer-review refers to the rigorous process that articles undergo before they may be published.  Other scholars in the author's field or discipline review and evaluate the article for quality and validity.  If lacking, the article may be rejected, but otherwise, the article is accepted, often with suggestions for revision.

 *all peer-reviewed articles are considered scholarly 

Often reports original research, reviews and evaluates material that has already been published, or expands and refines theory.

Also called a university press because it is a publishing house associated with a university or other scholarly institution, specializing in the publication of scholarly books and journals, particularly works written by its faculty or other researchers in the field. 


Museum catalogs publish scholarship of the curatorial staff, often in-depth research on the museum's collection including images, and descriptions of the objects. Internal museum editorial staff will typically edit the material before it is published, or museums' may contract with outside publishers for editorial review. 

Exhibition catalogs document museum or gallery exhibits, and often include essays by curators, art historians, artists or critics providing a forum for critical dialogue. As a record of the event, it can be a good source for images, descriptions and other important material


Researchers, scholars, professors, etc.

Includes author's credentials and institutional affiliation

Researchers, scholars, professors, etc. Includes author's credentials and institutional affiliation Museum or gallery staff and associates, art historians, critics. Often includes author's credentials and institutional affiliation
Editors Journal's editorial board in addition to external scholars in the same field Researchers, scholars, professors, etc. Museum editorial staff, publisher's editorial staff
Publishers Universities, scholarly presses, or academic organizations Universities Museums, universities, scholarly presses or academic organizations
Example Databases Academic Search Complete, Art Design & Architecture CollectionJSTOR SAIC Flaxman Library Catalog, IShare Catalog, Google Books

SAIC Flaxman Library Catalog, IShare Catalog, Google Books


Best Bets for Art History Research