Art

Major Research Tools

Full-text, Index

Index of journals, magazines, and other publications covering art, architecture, archaeology, and related fields. Coverage dates vary. Earliest indexing goes back to 1914; earliest full text back to 1930; majority of coverage begins in 1980s.

Index

Coverage: 1999-present.

Index covering the journal literature of the arts and humanities. Allows you to search for a topic, an author, or for articles that cite a known author or work.

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Searchable image collection covering the arts, architecture, humanities, and sciences. Includes access to the Archivision collections and Lafayette's own collection of images. Capabilities include: user-created image groups that can be easily shared with others, export to Powerpoint and OIV (Offline Image Viewer) presentation tools, image citation export, and mobile device accessibility.

Index

Coverage: 1975-2009

Index of articles, books, conference proceedings, dissertations, and art exhibition and dealer's catalogs covering European and American art from late antiquity to the present. Note that this database is no longer being updated.

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Growing collection documenting works of art from around the world from prehistoric to contemporary times, representing the collections of prominent museums.

Index

Collection of databases, including Iter Bibliography, a bibliography and index of articles, books, essays, and book reviews on the Middle Ages and Renaissance (400-1700). Includes coverage of art and literature.

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Searchable archive of the back issues of scholarly journals, plus current subscriptions to 44 titles. The most recent 3-5 years of most journals are not included in JSTOR. (Alums can access JSTOR archival journals through the alumni portal.)

Full-text, Visual resource

Authoritative reference works on art, including Grove Art Online and Benezit Dictionary of Artists. Also includes images of major works important to the study of art history as well as artists' signatures and monograms.

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Collection of dictionaries and other reference works on art and architecture from Oxford University Press. Includes Grove Encyclopedia of Islamic Art and Architecture

Other Suggested Research Tools

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Digital collection of papers and primary records of American visual arts and artists. From the Smithsonian Institution.

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Includes over 50,000 images depicting world architecture and related arts, Archivision is a growing licensed collection accessible through ARTstor.

Reference

The Getty Institute's searchable vocabulary of terms for describing objects, textural materials, images, architecture, and material culture from antiquity to the present.

Gateway

Survey of art history web sites arranged by time period and country or region, with most continents represented. Museum and research resources are also included.

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Artsy provides one of the largest collections of contemporary art available online. Search over 125,000 contemporary works by over 25,000 artists from leading art fairs, galleries, museums, and art institutions.

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The Bibliographic Database of the Conservation Information Network (BCIN) provides access to over 190,000 bibliographic citations for conservation literature. It includes citations from the Art and Archaeology Technical Abstracts (prior to 1998), technical reports, conference proceedings, journal articles, books and audiovisual and unpublished materials. The database also includes previously unavailable material from private sources, as well as new information gathered by a worldwide network of contributors.

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Collection of measured drawings, large-format photographs, and written histories of historic structures and sites in the United States dating from the 17th through the 20th century. Draws from the collection of the Historic American Building Survey and the Historic American Engineering Survey from 1933 to the present.

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Collection of over 10,000 digitized images of buildings and cities throughout the world. Search by building name, city, country or other keyword. Provided by the University of Washington Libraries Digital Collections project.

Index

Online catalog of the Museum of Modern Art Library, Archives, and Study Centers. A good source for locating bibliographic information on exhibition catalogs.

Full-text, Reference

Biographical and methodological information about major art historians of Western art history.

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Fashion plates from 1806-1914, originally published in some of the leading French and English fashion journals of the day. Publications include: La Belle Assemblee, Le Bon Ton, Le Follet, Journal Des Dames et Des Modes, and Godey's Lady's Book and Magazine. Provided by the University of Washington Libraries Digital Collections project.

Full-text

Full-text books on art history and conservation published by the J. Paul Getty Museum.

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Google and a growing group of museums and collections around the world provide high resolution images (up to a gigapixel). Users may tour museums' collections virtually using the Museum View tool to show how and where works are exhibited. Users can also create their own galleries and slideshows.

Gateway, Visual resource

Broadly searches captions, adjacent text, and other descriptive elements for relevant images. Users can limit the results by time period and subject, as well as image size and composition.

Index

Coverage: 1907-1984

Index of major journals in the humanities and social sciences

Index

Coverage: c. 33 AD to 1550 AD

Database of medieval art relating to Christianity with full-text records for nearly 80,000 works of art dating from early apostolic times (ca. A.D. 33) to A.D. 1550. Includes nearly 100,000 images. Disclaimer: approximately 25% of images in the database are currently restricted and cannot be accessed. All other "public images" are available to view.

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Visual archive for cultural expressions of loss reflecting the major conflicts or tragedies of the 20th century. Topics include: Apartheid in South Africa, Cambodian Killing Fields, the Holocaust, Latin American Repression, Middle East Conflict, the Spanish Civil War, World War I, and World War II. An extensive filmography is also included.

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Detailed, high quality photographs, maps, floorplans, and descriptions of French and English cathedrals that began construction in the 12th-13th centuries.

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Digital images of the collections of the National Gallery of Art. You can search, browse, share, and download images of works in the public domain. More than 20,000 downloadable open access digital images are available free of charge for both commercial and non-commercial uses.

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Extensive collection of images of quilts in museums, private collections, etc. Can be searched or browsed by pattern, quiltmaker, time period, colors, and many other fields.

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The Metropolitan Museum's chronological guide to the history of art spanning prehistory to the present, illustrated with pieces from its collections. Searchable, with thematic and geographic indexes.

Full-text, Reference

Scholarly encyclopedia covering ancient Egyptian history and culture. Still a work in progress.

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Over 120,000 freely available images for educational use. Features digital collections from numerous UK educational and cultural institutions with examples of fine art, textile design, industrial design, graphic design, and architecture.