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Best Databases for Art & Design
Short video on searching multiple databases at once. For Art, choose Art Full-Text, Academic Search Premier, and OmniFile databases.
Artstor provides access to more than 2 million high-quality images and data in a wide variety of subjects from some of the world's leading museums, photo archives, and scholars. Find content from over twenty disciplines, including African-American Studies, Classics, Religion, Theater, and more.
Abstracts of articles and some full-text articles from a wide variety of art journals. For best results, search simultaneously with Academic Search Premier and OmniFile databases by clicking "Choose Databases" just above the search boxes, then checking the boxes for Academic Search Premier and OmniFile.
Academic Search Premier
A multi-disciplinary database that provides full text for more than 4,600 journals, including approximately 3,900 peer-reviewed titles. Useful for nearly any research topic.
A multi-disciplinary database with many full-text, scholarly articles back to 1999, and citations/abstracts prior to 1999.
*China: Limited Access.
Oxford Art Online
The most comprehensive online art resource available, Oxford Art Online has full text articles and images from Grove Art Online, The Oxford Companion to Western Art, Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, and The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms. It also has biographies, subject entries, thematic timelines, and lesson plans as well as article citations.
JSTOR is a digital library of academic journals, books, and primary sources. Forsyth Library provides licensed access to the following collections in JSTOR: Arts & Sciences I, Arts & Sciences VII, and Biological Sciences. These collections include hundreds of different titles across 71 different disciplines. Need tips on searching?
ERIC (via EbscoHost)
Same content as ERIC.ed.gov, with the advantages of the EbscoHost search interface, more full-text, and the ability to search other databases at the same time.
*China: Faculty VPN Required.
Omnifile Full Text
A multi-disciplinary database which good full-text content on a wide range of subjects including art. Can be searched simultaneously with any other EbscoHost database including Art Full-Text and Academic Search Premier, by clicking "Choose Databases" just above the search boxes.
Italian Renaissance Learning Resources
A collaboration between the National Gallery of Art and Oxford Art Online.
--Authoritative coverage of major themes in Italian Renaissance art provides an essential introduction to this broad subject
--Easy to navigate and robust linking program promotes further research
--42 primary source texts offer additional support and context
--Over 300 stunning images provide visual support to the content
--300 glossary items offer additional insight and clarification for terms and artists
Non-Western Art websites
The Victoria & Albert Museum's Asia Collection
"The Victoria and Albert Museum's Asian collections include objects from East Asia, South and South-East Asia, and the Middle East. They are rich in a broad range of artistic media and illustrate many different aspects of religious, courtly and everyday life."
Heilbrun Timeline of Art History
Explore by country or time period, including African, Islamic, Egyptian, Asian, Oceanic/Pacific and Prehistoric Art. Search or browse using the menu on the right. Part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art website.
Click "Collections" and view art from Africa, the Islamic world, the Pacific Islands, and many other non-Western collections.
The Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art
Many images and artist biographies, organized by type into "mini-exhibitions".
An exhibit by the Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art of 74 ivory sculptures, dating from the 15th to the 20th centuries.
Oceanic Arts Australia
Art gallery featuring Oceanic, Aboriginal and Asian art.
National Gallery of Australia: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Collection
"Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have existed on the continent of Australia for tens of thousands of years. Their art and traditions are among the oldest and richest in human history."
Minneapolis Institute of Arts: The Art of Asia
"A resource for museum visitors, teachers, students, and everyone interested in Asian art, culture, and history. The Art of Asia features objects from The Minneapolis Institute of Arts' permanent collection, and explores several cross-cultural Asian themes."
Select art journals & magazines
Call Number: NK1.C73
Full-text in Art Full-Text from 2006 - present. Also available in print from about 1960 - 2009 (many missing issues): NK1.C73
Magazine that "includes artist profiles, exhibition reviews, lists of museum and gallery exhibits, and discussions of historical as well as contemporary crafts."
Call Number: N11.C4
Full-text from 1984 - present in Art Full-Text. Also available in print from 1913 - present at call number above. Peer-reviewed journal containing "leading scholarship...on all aspects of art history".
Art Business News
Full-text from 1999 - present in Art Full-Text. Trade magazine that "provides in-depth coverage of the art marketplace for artists, buyers, gallery owners, publishers and collectors."
Call Number: N1.A814
"News and critiques of exhibitions in the visual arts, with a contemporary focus." Print issues available from 1967 - present (many missing issues).
Full-text articles available from 1981 - 12 months prior to present (i.e., only citations and abstracts are available for the past 12 months) in Art Full-Text database.
A peer-reviewed journal containing "original articles relating to all aspects of the historical and theoretical study of painting, sculpture, design and other areas of visual imagery."
Art in America Magazine
Call Number: N1.A43
Full-text articles available from 2002-present in Art Full-Text. Also available in print from 1955-present at call number above.
"Features articles on major achievements & events throughout the art world, particularly in painting, sculpture, photography and prints."
Call Number: N1.A6
Print issues available back to 1946 (many missing issues). Some content available on website.
Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin
Call Number: N610.A4
Print issues available from 1958-2011 (several missing issues). Many issues and other museum publications available on their website.