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Your one-stop for reference sources such as encyclopedias, abbreviations, biographies, dictionaries and more.

Fine Arts Encyclopedias

Fine Arts


Note: This is not a comprehensive list. For more encyclopedias related to your subject, please visit your Subject Research Guide or search using the search box on the library home page

Oxford art online (U of C only)

Comprised of:
  • Grove Art Online (U of C only) (key scholarly, English-language art encyclopedia) 
  • The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms
  • Encyclopedia of Aesthetics
  • The Oxford Companion to Western Art

Oxford music online (UofC only)

Comprised of:

  • Grove Music Online (key scholarly, English-language music encyclopedia)
  • Encyclopedia of Popular Music
  • The Oxford Companion to Music
  • The Oxford Dictionary of Music


Portrait of George Frideric Handel by Thomas Hudson (1756); Private Collection, The Bridgeman Art Library International


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