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This guide draws together materials for doing research in the interdisciplinary area of arts and health.

Welcome to our guide which is designed to support research into topics relating to arts, health and well being. It has been developed by the Health and Arts Research Initiative (HARI), an interdisciplinary research group looking at how the arts can be used to improve health – including prevention, management and treatment of a wide range of health and social conditions. HARI includes contributors from the Art, Architecture, Pharmacy and Psychology departments.

We hope this guide will inspire you to undertake research, or a student project, in this area, as well as linking you to relevant resources from across the disciplines.

Get started by using books


Great for summaries and background information books are a reliable, easy to understand source. Most of the books for arts and health can be found on the 3rd Floor of the Library.

Find books on a topic using the catalogue

Alternatively search for a specific book or books on a topic using the Enterprise catalogue (search box below).

Extend your search using journal articles

For the latest information on specific topics use journal articles.

Summon articles you can read straightaway

For quick access to articles available to students at Reading search Summon for your topic using the box below. 

Go one step beyond...

Explore further using these key resources for your subject:

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Additional guides

The following guides may give ideas for additional resources to explore: