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Art Basic Reference: Dictionaries

Atkins, Robert. ArtSpeak: a Guide to Contemporary Ideas, Movements, and Buzzwords, 1945 to the present. New York: Abbeville, 1997.
FA-REF-4 N6490 .A87 1997

Atkins, Robert. ArtSpoke: a Guide to Modern Ideas, Movements and Buzzwords, 1848-1944. New York: Abbeville, 1993.
FA-REF-4 N6447 .A85 1993

Nelson, Robert S. and Richard Schiff. Critical Terms for Art History. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2003.
FA-REF-4 N34 .C75 2003

Credo Reference Online
Encyclopedias, dictionaries, thesauri and books of quotations, with a range of subject-specific titles covering everything from art to accountancy, medicine, literature and law. Each book is also listed individually in Cameo, the library catalog.

Cotton, Bob. Cyberspace Lexicon: an Illustrated Dictionary of Terms from Multimedia to Virtual Reality. London: Phaidon, 1994.
FA-REF-4 QA76.15 .C675 1994

Biederman, Hans. Dictionary of Symbolism. New York: Facts on File, 1992.
FA-REF-4 AZ108 .B5313 1992

Kostelanetz, Richard. Dictionary of the Avant Gardes. Chicago: Chicago Review Press, 2000.
FA-REF-4 NX456 .K67 2000
Expanded from the 1993 edition. Describes path-forging ideas, people, places and movements of the 20th century in the visual and performing arts. Each entry includes a bibliography or other works in various media. Some entries include web sites.

Moore, Frank Ledlie. Dictionary of the Performing Arts. Chicago: Contemporary Books, 1999.
FA-REF-4 PN1579 .M66 1999

Walker, John A. Glossary of Art, Architecture and Design since 1945. Boston: G.K. Hall, 1992.
FA-REF-4 N34 .W34 1992

Browne, Steven E. Film-Video Terms and Concepts. Boston: Focal Press, 1992.
FA-REF-4 TR847 .B76 1992

Hall, James. Illustrated Dictionary of Symbols in Eastern and Western Art.. New York: Icon Editions, 1994.
FA-REF-4 N7740 .H53 1994

McAlister, Michael. Language of Visual Effects. (Cinematography). Los Angeles: Lone Eagle Co., 1993.
FA-REF-4 TR858 .M325 1992

Corbeil, Jean-Claude, Macmillan Visual Dictionary. New York: MacMillan Maxwell and Macmillan Intl., 1992.
FA-REF-4 PE1629 .C64 1992

Mora, Gilles. Photospeak: a Guide to Ideas, Movements and Techniques of Photography, 1839 to the Present. New York: Abbeville, 1998.
FA-REF-4 TR15 .M63 1998

Werness, Hope B. The Continuum Encyclopedia of Native Art: Worldview, Symbolism, and Culture in Arica, Oceania, and Native North America. New York; London: Continuum International Publishing Group, 2000.
FA-REF-4 E98 .A7 W49 2000


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