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Art and Art History: Find Web Resources

This guide is intended to direct students to resources that will aid in studio work as well as resources on art history.

Evaluating Websites

Not all web sites are created equal...

Anyone can make a webpage. For academic purposes, it is important to always consider the following when using the web as part of your research:

Authority - who made the page? Is he/she an expert in the knowledge that is being presented?

Appropriateness - is the information appropriate for your assignment/research? Consider things like language, age level.

Currency - how old is the page? Is the information itself current? When was the page last updated?

Objectivity - is there a bias to the point of view of the page? Is it hidden or overt?

Purpose - what is the purpose of the site? Does it inform, sell, persuade an opinion?

Dalhousie University has an excellent resource to help you evaluate your web resources.


The University of Toronto Library digital repository of images for the academic community has a large number of images related to Canadian art and architecture called FADIS

Please also see our guide to locating images accessible through the Sheridan Library Website under multimedia resources, "finding images".