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  • This database offers abstracts and indexing of over 500 international Art and Art History journals published after 1984, and includes full text for nearly 200 journals.

  • BHA covers international literature from 1973 to 2008 on the history of art in Europe and the New World. The database surveys the visual arts and material culture from late antiquity to the present. Included are both the fine arts (architecture, sculpture, painting, drawing and prints) and decorative and applied arts (popular art, folk art). BHA indexes and abstracts 1,400 journals, as well as books, conference proceedings, essays, exhibition catalogues, selected art dealers' catalogues, doctoral dissertations and microform publications.
  • Provides abstracts of journal articles, books, essays, exhibition catalogues, PhD dissertations and exhibition reviews published from 1974 to the present on all forms of modern art from 1800 on, as well as contemporary art. Traditional and non-traditional media are covered ranging from illustration, painting, sculpture and drawing to computer and electronic art, fashion, theatre arts, ceramic and glass art and other decorative arts. Includes information on artists, art movements and trends as well as topics such as art history and theory, ethnic and tribal art, folk art, iconography, performance art, philosophy and art, religion and art, society and art and symbolism.
  • A bibliographic database that cites articles published from 1929 to 1984 in scholarly journals, specialized magazines, yearbooks, and museum bulletins. In addition to articles, the database indexes reproductions of works of art that appear in indexed periodicals.
  • International Medieval Bibliography (IMB) is the world's leading interdisciplinary bibliography of the European Middle Ages, covering Europe, the Middle East and North Africa in the period 400-1500. The database comprises over 300,000 articles derived from regular coverage of some 4,500 periodicals and 5,000 miscellany volumes (conference proceedings, essay collections, Festschriften and exhibition catalogues). All articles are classified with full bibliographical details and subject classifications and indexing familiar to medievalists.

  • Search across 13 different databases covering broad arts and humanities areas such as music, art, religion, philosophy, classical studies, and history.  Art Full Text and Art Index Retrospective are included in this multi-search. 

  • This interface searches across 19 different databases related to the Arts & Humanities, including: Alt-PressWatch, American Periodicals, ARTbibliographies Modern, British Humanities Index, CBCA Reference & Current Events, ERIC, GenderWatch, Index Islamicus, International Index to Music Periodicals Full Text, International Index to Performing Arts Full Text, Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts (LLBA), MLA International Bibliography, Philosopher's Index, PRISMA, ProQuest Dissertations & Theses, ProQuest Research Library, PsycINFO, and Sociological Abstracts


  • ITER's bibliography includes literature pertaining to the Middle Ages and Renaissance (400-1700). Citations for books, journal material (articles, reviews, review articles, bibliographies, catalogues, abstracts and discographies) are included, as are citations for essays in books (including entries in conference proceedings, festschriften, encyclopedias and exhibition catalogues). For a complete list of titles indexed, click here.

  • Archive of hundreds of digitized arts, humanities and social sciences journals with strong U.K. and European content. Newest material is 5 years old.

  • Provides access to full-text, full-image, scholarly literature. The growing database contains the archives of major research journals in a variety of academic disciplines. JSTOR offers the scanned image of each journal page as it was originally designed, printed, and illustrated. Coverage for each journal starts with the very first issue, many of which date from the 1800's.


  • With an international scope, this online reference tool indexes over a thousand biographical sources including "Who's whos" titles, subject encyclopedias, and biographical dictionaries.



  • Oxford Art Online provides regularly updated web access to the entire text of the encyclopedic 34-volume The Dictionary of Art, DBW reference N 31.D5 1996 and The Oxford Companion to Western Art, DBW reference N33.O923 2001. Included is information on all aspects of art from prehistory to the present day. There are over 45,000 cross-linked signed articles covering both the fine arts (painting, sculpture, and architecture) and the decorative arts (ceramics, textiles, jewellery, interior design, furniture, glass, metalwork.
  • Located in Weldon's Reference Collection (call number DBW reference N40.B4713 2006), this new English translation of the French encyclopedic dictionary Bénézit: Dictionnaire des peintres, sculpteurs, dessinateurs et graveurs includes entries for over 170,000 artists of all time periods and nationalities. Every artist entry contains basic biographical information, specialties (painter, sculptor, printmaker, etc.) and, when available, birth and death dates, signature examples, price records, exhibition histories, awards, career milestones, and relevant genealogical details.

  • A fulltext database that searches across 14 different reference works relating to art & architecture.

    Note: set "subject specializations" to "Art & Architecture"

  • Use this database to find the right authoritative, introductory article and establish a solid foundation for your research. Reference Universe allows you to search deeply into the indexes of more than 40,000 electronic and print specialized reference works from over 750 publishers. You can limit your search to items held only in Western Libraries' collection.


  • The ARTstor Digital Library provides more than one million images with tools for teaching and research. Its collections comprise contributions from outstanding museums, photographers, libraries, scholars, photo archives, and artists and artists' estates from all over the world (read the full list here: http://www.artstor.org/collections). The collections encompass a wide variety of subject areas, including art, architecture, music, religion, anthropology, literature, world history, American Studies, Asian Studies, Classical Studies, Medieval Studies, Renaissance Studies, and more (find sample subject guides here: http://www.artstor.org/subjectguides).

  • CAMIO is a growing online collection documenting works of art from around the world, representing the collections of several international museums. The database includes over 90,000 high-quality images available for teaching and research purposes.

  • Google has partnered with museums from around the world to allow users to explore musuems using Google's "Street view technology".  Extreme details can be viewed for major works of art. 

  • Access to over 400,000 digital images.  Some of the images are in the public domain and are available for download and reuse in non-commercial publications.  Look for the OASC tag for images that are available for resuse. 

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