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Art & Design

Getting Started

  • Academic Search Complete  
    General database of popular and scholarly materials (1887 - Current).
  • JSTOR Journal Archive
    Full-text database for scholarly articles (1655 - 2009). Use the "narrow by discipline" option on the main search screen to limit your results to "Art & Art History".

Finding Articles

  • Art Source  
    Includes thousands of images and full-text articles from an array of journals, books and more. International in scope, Art Source includes periodicals published in English, French, Italian, German, Spanish and Dutch and is designed for use by a diverse audience, including art scholars, artists, designers, students and general researchers. Includes full text from 630+ journals; 220+ books; and 63,000+ images.
  • Art Abstracts
    Abstracts for over 450 international art publications, yearbooks, and museum bulletins (1984 - Current).

Finding Images & Primary Sources

  • ARTstor
    Hundreds of thousands of images from art, archaeology, architecture, and history.
  • Archives of American Art
    Primary sources documenting American culture for the past 200+ years. Image gallery contains over 8,000 photographs, letters, sketches, diaries, and other documents which have been scanned and individually described.
  • Life Magazine via Google Books
    Full-text access to LIFE from 1935 - 1970. Includes images, text, and advertisements. Search by keyword or browse individual issues.
  • American Memory Project
    Free and open access to written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience (from the Library of Congress and other institutions).

Exhibition Catalogues

  • MetPublications
    Online access to 600 exhibition catalogues from the Metropolitan Museum of Art (1964 - Current).
  • Guggenheim Archives
    Online access to selected exhibition catalogues from the Guggenheim New York archives (1936 - 1999).
  • MoMA Exhibition Catalogues
    Online access to exhibition catalogs from 1929 - Present. Click "download free sample" to see a generous preview of the content.
  • George Mason University Center for History and New Media (CHNM)
    CHNM uses digital media and technology to preserve and present history online, transform scholarship across the humanities, and advance historical education and understanding.

Finding Books

  • Oxford Art Online
    All aspects of art & biographical information. Includes Grove Art Online, the Benezit Dictionary of Artists, the Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, The Oxford Companion to Western Art, and The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms and many exclusively commissioned articles.
  • Grove Encyclopedia of Classical Art & Architecture ( Oxford )
    1100+ entries on the visual arts of the Classical period.In-depth articles, biographies, thematic entries on architecture, ceramics, metalwork, mosaics, painting and sculpture.
  • Grove Encyclopedia of Decorative Arts ( Oxford )
    Covers thousands of years of decorative arts production throughout western and non-western cultures (qualities and historical uses of materials, concise definitions on art forms and styles, and in-depth articles discussing the history of armor, jewelry, furniture, textiles, and ceramics).
  • Grove Encyclopedia of Materials and Techniques in Art ( Oxford )
    Historical and current uses of materials and techniques in painting, sculpture, non-traditional media such as digital and video art, and more.
  • Virtual Reference Library
    Choose Art to find encyclopedias on folk songs, arts, humanities, musicians, fashion, and film.
  • EBSCOHost ebooks    
    Over 30,000 full-text ebooks.

Citing Art History Sources