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AHST 2222 - Byzantine Art (Rose)


Welcome and Getting Help Throughout the Semester


This guide was designed to assist you with accessing resources for  AHST 2222 Byzantine Art. It is organized based on the type of research you will need to conduct: Historical ContextSubject Matter and SymbolismStyle and Function. It is important to note that some of the resources do not fit neatly into only one category. For example, a recommended resource for symbolism might also be helpful for researching the style of a work of art.

The types of materials that you will need for this assignment include reference materials, books, and scholarly articles. :

  • Reference Materials: online or in print reference materials include encyclopedias, dictionaries, and atlases. Many of you will find them useful for this assignment.
  • Books: search for books/ebooks in the library catalog (use the Finding Books tab on the library homepage or see the Using eBooks tutorial under the Tutorials tab).
  • Scholarly articles: search for articles using library databases or Google Scholar using the Finding Articles tab.

My name is Lisa Thornell and I am a Research Librarian here at Fairfield University, and have put this guide together with Professor Rose. Feel free to contact me to ask a question or set up a virtual appointment if you need help finding resources or even brainstorming keywords and search strategies.

You can also use the 24/7 chat box on this page (also on the Library homepage) or check out the other ways to get help from our team of research librarians.

Image: Mosaico di bambini che giocano, Istanbul, Gran Palazzo, 564-578 A.D.

Accessing Print Books from the Library- Fall 2020 Updates

During the Fall 2020 semester, physical library Items will be quarantined after use following guidelines and research from the Institute of Museum & Library Services and Northeast Document Conservation Center.


  • Using books in the library:  Please make use of "Return Carts" or "Return Trays". Please do not reshelve materials. Instead please put back in-house used items on the "return carts" or "return trays" so that Library Staff can place them in quarantine.
  • Borrowing Physical Items: Students, faculty, and staff can borrow items with a StagCard. View borrowing periods here. If items are requested online for office delivery, library staff will deliver items to staff and faculty on-campus offices. When classes start on 9/1, Contact-Free pickup service will no longer be available.
    • Returning and Renewing Physical Items: Library materials can be renewed online. Items can be returned to the Library Services & Information Desk or one of the two book drops, located on the exterior side of the Library facing Bannow or the book drop inside the Library lobby.
  • If you can not get to the Library to access print books: Use our expanded Scan & Deliver service to request book chapters and articles from physical items. Library staff will scan and email pdfs. Please allow anywhere from 2- 4 business days for Scan & Deliver requests to be processed.

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Research Tips

-Dictionaries and encyclopedias are good places to start your research because they provide an overview of the topic as well as keywords, dates, and facts. Each tab includes a few.

-To further research Style and Function, Subject and Symbolism, or Historical Context you can search for BOOKS/EBOOKS. Use the link in the "Finding Books" tab of this guide.

-Try looking at the bibliography at the end of the entry/book/article for a list of other sources such as relevant journal articles and books.

-When you have found print books on your topic, look at the books on the shelf nearby to see if they are related to your topic. Please do not reshelve books during the Fall 2020 semester. Place on "Return Carts" or "Return Trays" so items can be quarantined after use.