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Journal Articles

Bibliography of the History of Art Unrestricted Resource
The Getty Research Institute provides access to the Bibliography of the History of Art (BHA) and to the Répertoire de la litterature de l'art (RILA) for no charge. These citation databases, searchable together, cover material published between 1975 and 2007.
Note: Full text is not available from this site. Ask a librarian if you need to obtain a copy of something you find in this resource.

Academic Search Complete Campus Faculty, Staff and Students only Some full text available Resource contains images
Index and full text of magazines, newspapers, reports, conference proceedings, and scholarly journals in a wide variety of disciplines.

DOAJ: Directory of Open Access Journals Unrestricted Resource Some full text available
DOAJ is a database of more than 4,000 open access, peer-reviewed journals.

JSTOR Campus Faculty, Staff and Students only Some full text available
An electronic repository of full-text journals in a variety of disciplines, Jstor includes the full text of journals starting from the origin of their publication, but often does not have the most recent 2-5 years.

MasterFILE Premier Campus Faculty, Staff and Students only Some full text available Resource contains images
A general, interdisciplinary database that contains an index and full-text for periodicals, primary source documents, and ebooks. Periodicals coverage is from 1975 to the present.

Project Muse Campus Faculty, Staff and Students only Some full text available
Full text of 124 journals published by the Johns Hopkins University Press; covers 1995-present in most cases.

Publications in the Field

Find a Publication Unrestricted Resource
Search for a journal, magazine, or other periodical by its exact title, the beginning words of the title, or words within the title. You can also browse by Category for journals in your field of interest.

Reference Materials

Dictionary of Art On campus use only
This 34 volume work is the definitive reference guide to art history, and contains detailed entries by over 6000 renowned art experts.  Each entry includes a bibliography for further reading.
Call Number: REF N31 .D5 1996

Encyclopedia of Aesthetics On campus use only
Includes more than six hundred essays, alphabetically arranged, on approximately four hundred individuals, concepts, periods, theories, issues, and movements in the history of aesthetics.  Each entry includes a bibliography for further reading.
Call Number: REF BH56 .E53 1998

Encyclopedia of Nineteenth-Century Photography On campus use only
This two-volume set includes almost 1,200 entries on 19th century photography, ranging from 200 words for minor topics to 5,000 words for major ones.  Each entry includes a bibliography for further reading.
Call Number: TR9 .H25 2008

Encyclopedia of Twentieth Century Photography On campus use only
This three-volume encyclopedia includes detailed entries on topics in 20th century photography.  Each entry includes a bibliography for further reading.
Call Number: TR642 .E5 2006

Encyclopedia of World Art On campus use only
This classic 17-volume encyclopedia covers virtually every topic in art, art history, and architecture.  Each volume includes many plate illustrations in addition to the textual entries.
Call Number: REF N31 .E533

Grove Encyclopedia of American Art Campus Faculty, Staff and Students only Some full text available
deals with all aspects of American art and architecture from Native American art to Colonial art to contemporary American art. Draws upon the expansive scholarship in The Dictionary of Art  and adds hundreds of new entries not previously covered.

Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and the Arts Campus Faculty, Staff and Students only Some full text available
Covers the cultural history of biblical texts, themes, characters, images, and the Bible itself in the literary, visual, and musical arts

Images

Art Images for College Teaching (AICT) Unrestricted Resource Resource contains images
Art Images for College Teaching (AICT) began as a personal project dedicated to the principle of free exchange of image resources for and among members of the educational community.

Getty Digital Collections Unrestricted Resource Resource contains images
Provides access to digitized images and books on art subjects held by the Getty Research Institute.

Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Unrestricted Resource Resource contains images
The collections of the Prints & Photographs Division of the Library of Congress include photographs, fine and popular prints and drawings, posters, and architectural and engineering drawings. While international in scope, the collections are particularly rich in materials produced in, or documenting the history of, the United States and the lives, interests and achievements of the American people.

Metropolitan Museum of Art Unrestricted Resource Resource contains images
The Metropolitan Museum of Art has made available about 400,000 digital images of items in their collections. Browse by Artist/Maker/Culture, Object Type/Material, Geographic Location, Date/Era, or Department, or search for images. Images with "OASC" below them are free to download.

New York Public Library (NYPL) Digital Gallery Unrestricted Resource Resource contains images
NYPL's Digital Gallery provides free and open access to over 800,000 images digitized from the The New York Public Library's vast collections, including illuminated manuscripts, historical maps, vintage posters, rare prints, photographs and more.

Public Art Archive Unrestricted Resource Resource contains images
Free online resource about public artworks and art intended to be readily viewed by the public. It offers standardized and highly rigorous metadata structures, controlled taxonomies, advanced mapping features, and sophisticated search and filter tools.

Saskia Art Images Unrestricted Resource Resource contains images
The Saskia digital archive collection contains 30,000 digital images of paintings, sculpture and architecture, including images from many important collections: the Prado, the Kunsthistorisches Museum, the Uffizi, and the Louvre as well as archaeological sites in Greece, Italy, Turkey and Egypt. The images can be displayed and downloaded in high-resolution format.

Web Gallery of Art Unrestricted Resource Resource contains images
The Web Gallery of Art is a virtual museum and searchable database of Western (European) fine arts of the Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Neoclassicism, Romanticism, Realism, and Impressionism periods (1000-1900), currently containing over 31,800 reproductions. It is intended to be a free resource of art history primarily for students and teachers.

Yale University Art Gallery Unrestricted Resource Resource contains images
Thousands of images of works in the Gallery’s collection believed to be in the public domain are available for free download through the Gallery’s website. To download open-access images, simply click the “download” link beneath the display image in the individual object record.

Also available for searching is the Yale Center for British Art.

Ebooks

Getty Publications Virtual Library Unrestricted Resource Some full text available Resource contains images
These publications, the earliest of which dates from 1966, span the Getty’s rich publishing history, and include collection catalogues that highlight masterpieces from Getty collections, translations of groundbreaking texts on the visual arts, essential works of art historical research, exhibition catalogues, journals, and publications that serve as key resources in the conservation of the world’s cultural heritage.

Google Book Search Unrestricted Resource Some full text available
Google Books contains thousands of books that have been digitized. Books under copyright are available as a limited preview only, while books in the public domain are often available in their entirety.

Websites

ArtBabble Unrestricted Resource Resource contains video
ArtBabble endeavors to showcase art video content in high quality format from a variety of sources and perspectives.

Getty Union List of Artist Names (ULAN) Unrestricted Resource
ULAN is a structured vocabulary, including names, biographies, and other information about artists and architects in order to to improve access to information about art, architecture, and material culture.

Google Art Project Unrestricted Resource Resource contains images
The Art Project is a collaboration between Google and 151 art partners. Users can examine over 30,000 works of art from sculpture to architecture and drawings and explore over 150 collections from 40 countries, all in one place.

Google Scholar Unrestricted Resource
Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites.

Internet Archive Moving Image Archive Unrestricted Resource Resource contains video
This library of free movies, films, and videos contains over a million digital movies which range from classic full-length films, to daily alternative news broadcasts, to cartoons and concerts. Many of the videos are available for free download.

Logobook Unrestricted Resource Resource contains images
A website showcasing a collection of black and white logos, symbols, and trademarks.

Smithsonian Archives of American Art Unrestricted Resource Resource contains images
With over 20 million items in its continually growing collections, the Archives is the world’s largest and most widely used resource dedicated to collecting and preserving the papers and primary records of the visual arts in America.

The Smithsonian has numerous additional art resources and collections available on their website.