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Museum Docents Library Basics: Encyclopedias, Background

Library resources to assist in the basic research of museum objects in the Colby College Museum of Art.

Encyclopedias and Background Information

Useful for:

  • Establishing basic facts and timeline
  • Finding biographies, definitions
  • Background on art by culture, country, religion
  • Finding contextual keywords and concepts when you are in unfamiliar territory
  • Navigating to other articles or essays on the topic
  • Finding a bibliography of sources to find here at Colby

Be careful to check that:

  • Articles are signed, dated, to establish currency and credibility of the information.
  • You compare with several background sources, to fact check.
  • Bibliography isn't overly out of date. You should update with recent sources found in the Colby catalog or databases.

Recommended Encyclopedias and Background Sources

Our Artist

Ai Weiwei in 2017  (Source: Wikipedia)

Your Librarian

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Fannie Ouyang
Bixler 136
(207) 859-5662
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