Art and Art History Databases

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Rhonda Glazier
Director of Collections Management

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Art and Art History Databases

BHA and RILA Getty Web  1975-
This free database searches the BHA (Bibliography of the History of Art/Bibliographie d'histoire de l'art) and the RILA (Répertoire de la litterature de l'art). The Getty Web version includes all records with abstracts in French or English and all subject terms in French and English.

JSTOR  years vary
Full-text of core journals in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Coverage includes the entirety of each journal with the exception of the current five years.

Project MUSE John Hopkins University years vary
Project MUSE covers the fields of literature and criticism, history, the visual and performing arts, cultural studies, education, political science, gender studies, and many others.

OmniFile Full Text Mega (H.W. Wilson) EBSCOhost 1982-
This general database includes articles that cover a wide range of topics in education, general science, humanities, and the social sciences. Formerly known as WilsonWeb, OmniFile Full Text Mega Edition contains the full text of articles from over 2,500 publications and abstracts from nearly 3,600 publications.

Oxford Art Online  years vary
Searches the Grove Art Online, The Oxford Companion to Western Art, and other art reference sources. Excellent for searching for images as well as information on art and art history topics.

Arts:Search  years vary
Arts:Search is a journals-based service for researching the history of the 19th and 20th Century Art, Architecture and Design.  Consists of four related and linked databases (ReVIEW, Arts and Architecture ProFiles, Design Abstracts Retrospective, and Research Sources: Posters) that may be cross-searched or searched separately.

Asia Studies Humanities  years vary
This database brings together full-text articles and papers on Asia and the Pacific covering topics in the arts, culture, history, language, literature, philosophy and religion.

Oxford Reference Online  years vary
A multidisciplinary online reference collection containing over 100 dictionary, language reference, and subject reference works including a broad range of titles from the Oxford Companion Series published by Oxford University Press. The entire collection is fully-indexed and cross-searchable.

Art History

America: History and Life with Full Text EBSCOhost 1955-
A comprehensive bibliographic reference to the history of the United States and Canada from prehistory to the present.

Historical Abstracts with Full Text  EBSCOhost 1955-
A comprehensive bibliographic reference to the history of the world from 1450 to the present (excluding the United States and Canada, which are covered in America: History and Life with Full Text); provides coverage of 2,000 journals published throughout the world.

Image/Visual/Digital Collections

ARTstor  years vary
Database of more than 300,000 digital images and associated data. ARTstor covers multiple time periods and cultures, and documents the fields of architecture, painting, sculpture, photography, decorative arts and many other forms of visual culture. Users can search, view, and download images.

Art Images for College Teaching University of Michigan years vary
Image collections available on Kodak Photo-CDs.

Selected General Databases

Academic OneFile Gale/InfoTrac 1980-
Contains peer-reviewed, full-text articles from the world's leading journals and reference sources in the physical sciences, technology, medicine, social sciences, the arts, theology, literature and other subjects. Includes full-text coverage of the New York Times back to 1995.

Academic Search Premier EBSCOhost years vary
Provides full text for more than 3,430 scholarly publications covering academic areas of study including social sciences, humanities, education, computer sciences, engineering, language and linguistics, arts & literature, medical sciences, and ethnic studies. This database is updated on a daily basis.