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AATA Online: Abstracts of International Conservation Literature

A specialized database focusing on Archaeology, art, material culture, technology and artifacts, and conservation. (Free website; Requires free registration.)

American Film Institute

American Film Institute Catalog

ARTBibliographies Modern

Abstracts of a wide variety of sources on modern and contemporary art (19th onwards).

Arts & Humanities Full Text

Full text resources covering Art, Architecture, Design, History, Philosophy, Music, Literature, Theatre and Cultural Studies.

Arts & Humanities Citation Index

Search abstracts from arts and humanities journals, 1975-present. Contains some full text of recent articles. Search cited authors and works. Simultaneously search ISI’s science and social science indices.


ARTstor is a digital library of more than one million images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and social sciences with a suite of software tools to view, present, and manage images for research and pedagogical purposes. The collections comprise contributions from outstanding museums, photographers, libraries, scholars, photo archives, and artists and artists’ estates.
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Bibliography of the History of Art

Ending 2009 Covers western art from late antiquity (4th c. AD) to 2009. CEASED PUBLICATION IN 2010! Indexes books, conference proceedings, exhibition catalogs and articles. Go to International Bibliography of Art for recent materials.

Credo Reference

Searchable online reference books such as encyclopedias, dictionaries and quotation books in many subject areas.

Design and Applied Arts Index

Index covering advertising, packaging and product design, architecture, crafts, ceramics, glass and jewelry, Industrial design, graphic design, fashion and textiles, sustainable design, furniture and interior design, fiber arts.


International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF) resources on films and film studies, many full text. International Index to Film Periodicals is the main database.

Film Index International

Film studies index produced in collaboration with the British Film Institute.

Grove Encyclopedia of Classical Art & Architecture

Reference resource for the visual arts of the Classical period.

Grove Encyclopedia of Decorative Arts

Reference on decorative arts production throughout western and non-western cultures.

Grove Encyclopedia of Islamic Art and Architecture

“Islamic art and architecture ranging from the Middle East to Central and South Asia, Africa, and Europe; spans over a thousand years of history. Historical and cultural information about dynasties, art forms, artists, architecture, rulers, monuments, archaeological sites and stylistic developments… Illustrations.”

Grove Encyclopedia of Materials and Techniques in Art

Full text of art technique/material reference.

International Bibliography of Art

Successor to the Bibliography of the History of Art; index begins with 2008. Covers European, American and global art and expanding coverage of Latin America, Asia and Africa as the index grows. Covers visual arts in all media.

International Bibliography of Art

Successor to the Bibliography of the History of Art


Full text database of over 300 journals; generally does not contain most recent materials. Most journals lack the last several years, but holdings are very deep, with many journals running back more than a hundred years.

Nineteenth Century Masterfile

Indexes to magazines and books of the 19th century (1800-1899).

Oxford African American Studies Center

Includes Encyclopedia of African American History, Black Women in America, Africana, content from the African American National Biography project, Encyclopedia of African American Art & Architecture, Concise Oxford Companion to African American Literature, articles from other reference works, bibliographies, timelines, maps, images, primary source documents, links to Internet resources.

Oxford Art Online

Reference work for art; includes Grove Art Online; The Oxford Companion to Western Art; Encyclopedia of Aesthetics; The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms, and others.

SAGE Online Journals

Online journal source

Web of Knowledge (ISI Citation Indexes)

3 major citation indexes covering the Sciences, the Social Sciences and Arts & Humanities. Start with a known article and find other articles that have cited it.

Web Sites

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