This is a guide to Dada and surrealism-related materials in the Greenfield Library at The University of the Arts and was created with UArts course LAAH935, "Dada and Surrealism", in mind. If you have questions about this topic or would like to make an appointment to discuss your research please see the librarian's e-mail address at the end of this document.

The first place to look when beginning research on a topic is in reference material: specialized dictionaries, encyclopedias or handbooks. These allow you to check names, dates and places, find additional information, look up unknown terms, and check for the proper spelling of words. They are particularly helpful for finding basic background information on a topic, and are often the only place many students may need to look to find answers to their questions. They may include bibliographies (lists of additional materials on a topic, usually considered by the author to be the best materials on that topic) that you can use to find other materials.

Call numbers are for the Greenfield Library unless otherwise indicated.

Kostelanetz, Richard. A Dictionary of the Avant-Gardes. 2nd ed. New York: Routledge, 2001.
REF NX456 .K67 2001

Atkins, Robert. Artspeak: A Guide to Contemporary Ideas, Movements, and Buzzwords, 1945 to the Present. 2nd ed. Abbeville Press, 1997.
-*-Short definitions of art movements, art forms, and critical terms. Most entries are broken into who, when, where and what. Compare time coverage with Artspoke below. Both Artspeak and Artspoke have timelines in the front-*-
REF N6490 .A87 1997

Atkins, Robert. Artspoke: A Guide to Modern Ideas, Movements, and Buzzwords, 1848-1944. Abbeville Press, 1993. REF N6447 .A85 1993

The Dictionary of Art. Jane Turner, editor. New York: Grove's Dictionaries, 1996.
REF N31 .D5 1996 v. 1-34.
Often referred to as the Grove Dictionary of Art, this encyclopedia is a great place to start for any art-related topic. Use the index in volume 34 to find your topic. Use the bibliographies that accompany each article to find additional material. This resource is also available as an online subscription. Go to the UArts Libraries' Electronic Indexes and Databases page and select Grove Art Online. Be sure to read the directions about on- and off-campus access.

Langmuir, Erika. The Yale Dictionary of Art and Artists. Yale University Press, c2000. REF N33 .L353 2000

Passeron, Rene. Phaidon Encyclopedia of Surrealism. Oxford : Phaidon, 1978.
REF NX600.S9 P3713 1978

Lucie-Smith, Edward. The Thames and Hudson Dictionary of Art Terms. Thames and Hudson, 2004. REF N33 .L75 2003

The Oxford Dictionary of Art. 2nd ed. Oxford University Press, 2001. REF N33 .O93 2004

Pierce, James Smith. From Abacus to Zeus: A Handbook of Art History. 7th ed. Prentice Hall, c2004. REF N33 .P5 2004

Chilvers, Ian. A Dictionary of Twentieth-Century Art. Oxford University Press, 1998.
REF N6490 .C5317 1998

Roberston, Jack. Twentieth Century Artists on Art: An Index to Writings, Statements, and Interviews by Artists, Architects, and Designers. New York: G. K. Hall, c1996.
REF NX456 .R59 1996

International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers. Tom Pendergast and Sara Pendergast, editors. Detroit, MI: St. James Press, c2000. REF PN1997.8 .I58 2000 v. 1-4
Interested in film? Check Volume I for individual films and Volume II for directors. If your film or director is included, you'll find basic information, a bibliography, and a brief scholarly essay.

The New York Times Guide to the Arts of the 20th Century. Chicago, IL: Fitzroy Dearborn, 2002. REF NX456 .N49 2002 v. 1-4
This very useful item contains selected reprints of New York Times articles related to art, architecture, literature, music, dance, theater, film and television, from 1900 through 1999. Use the index in Volume 4 to locate your topic.

Use the University Libraries catalog to find books, videos, CDs, scores, journal titles, etc. To locate all of the materials the library holds on a topic, it is most efficient to search by Subject. Use the following subject headings in the online catalog. Be careful to follow the exact spelling and form. These subject headings are standard and are used in most libraries.



Periodical indexes are research tools that allow you to search for articles in journals and magazines.

Be aware that there are different ways to find an article once you pull up a citation in the index:

  • Check to see if our library holds the journal title. Look in the library's printed list or look up the journal title in the catalog and look at the holdings.
  • See if there is a link in the index you're using to a full-text article online and download it or e-mail it to yourself.
  • See what other libraries in the area hold the journal.
  • Use interlibrary loan to request materials not owned by the UArts Libraries.

On the Web:

Go to the library's Research Tools and Resources page for a list of the UArts Libraries' subscription databases, indexes, and reference works. You can select "View Databases by Type" or "View Databases by Subject" to see which is best for your topic, or you can always ask a librarian which ones to try.

Style Manuals: Citing Your Sources

When you find information on a topic, no matter what format it takes (book, journal, Web page), there are style manuals to show you the correct way to give cite those sources in a paper.

Searching the Web can be overwhelming. If you are using the Internet for research you want to choose sites that meet the standards of accuracy, currency and authority.

Below are just a few Dada and Surrealism sites that may be of interest to the University of the Arts community.

Librarians' Index to the Internet
This is always a good place to start any kind of Internet research.

Art History Resources on the Web
Excellent starting point for any art history sort of topic. Follow the menus to your topic.

International Dada Archive at the University of Iowa Libraries

Salvador Dali Museum

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