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Useful Databases for Art Research

  • Academic Search Elite
    Not as deep as some more discipline-specific databases, Academic Search Elite offers a range of journal titles in nearly every academic discipline for more general journal research. Use it as a good starting place for more in-depth research, or a one-stop for more general topic research.
    Catalog of Art Museum Images Online: Contains images of works of art from around the world. CAMIO highlights the creative output of cultures from prehistoric to contemporary times, and addresses the complete range of expressive forms. Useful for beginner to advanced researchers in art history.
    One of the preeminent databases for research in the arts, humanities, and social sciences, JSTOR is a digital library of journals, books and primary sources. A higher-level database than some, JSTOR should be consulted after preliminary research has been completed. The journal browse or subejct browse functions can be especially useful at this point.

Web Resources in Art - Reference

  • Artcyclopedia
    Fine art search engine allowing visitors to search or browse by artist, title of artwork, museum and genre.
  • ArtLex: Dictionary of Visual Art
    Definitions of more than 2,800 terms, illustrations, pronunciation notes, quotations, and links to other resources on the Web.
  • Timeline of Art History
    Based on the Metropolitan Museum of Art collection, this web site explores the history of world art from chronological, geographical, and thematic perspectives.

Web Resources in Art - Galleries & Collections

  • American Museum of Photography
    Online archive of photographic exhibitions on different topics.
  • Archives of American Art
    From the Smithsonian, this is a great source for researching American art history. Over 13 million documents about the American visual arts, 1700's - present.
  • The Getty
    Website of the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles. The Museum houses European paintings, drawings, sculpture, illuminated manuscripts, decorative arts, and European and American photographs.
  • Mother of All Art History Links
    From the University of Michigan. Gateway to world wide art history web sites including research resources, image collections, online exhibits, museums and textual resources.
  • National Gallery of Art (United States)
    Take a virtual tour of the gallery, and search the collection by artist and title. In-depth studies are included on various artists and works.
  • New York Public Library Digital Gallery
    The searchable database includes digital images from the NYPL's collections, including rare prints and photographs, and other works of art.
  • Tate London
    Browse through the Tate Collection of British art from 1500 and international modern art. Also searchable by artist and subject, and provides information about each work of art.
  • Visual Collections
    Contains dozens of digital image collections from museums, universities and private collections throughout the world. Divided into 5 main categories including cartography, fine arts, architecture, photography, and other.
  • National Archives (United States)
    Online exhibits of historically significant photographs.

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Books/Print Resources

Art 21: Art in the Twenty-First Century 4 - Susan Sollins
Call Number: Oversize N6512 .S637 2007
ISBN: 0810993767

Art History - Marilyn Stokstad, Michael W. Cothren
Call Number: N5300 .S923 2011
ISBN: 0205744222

More Than You See: A Guide to Art - Frederick A. Horowitz
Call Number: N7438 .H77 1985
ISBN: 0155640801


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