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ARTH 302: Art of Mexico and Mesoamerica: Getting Started

This guide is intended as a starting point for Puget Sound students exploring topics for a research paper assignment.

Subject Encyclopedias

Encyclopedias provide good starting points for research. They are helpful in the following ways:

  • Defining terms
  • Understanding the scope of a topic
  • Often include bibliographies
  • Are written by experts
  • Identify key concepts, people, and events

WIth the exception of the first title listed below, books are shelved in the reference collection on the main floor.

Oxford Encyclopedia of Mesoamerican Culture [electronic resource]  is the first comprehensive reference source to chronicle Pre-Hispanic, colonial, and modern Mesoamerica, defined as the lands stretching from Mexico to the southern tip of Central America. With more than 600 articles, it is invaluable for those interested in the rich heritage of this land. Encompassing the great civilizations of the pre-Columbian era (including the Olmec, Aztec, and Maya peoples) up through the colonial and postcolonial periods, the Encyclopedia covers art, archaeology, religious studies, anthropology, history, and historiography of the region in fully cross-referenced, signed articles by the leading scholars in the discipline.

Oxford Art Online

Covers biographies, criticism, country surveys, artistic styles and movements, art forms, subject matter and iconography, and techniques.

Information is drawn from Grove Art, Oxford Companion to Western Art, Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, and the Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms.

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