Database List

The following 21 databases are best for: Art & Art History

See our Art & Art History Research Guide for more information on researching this subject.

Core Art & Art Criticism Databases

Art Full Text

Art Index Retrospective

International Bibliography of Art

ArtBibliographies Modern


All Art & Art Criticism Databases

Archives of American Art    
Primary resources, such as original letters, photographs, transcripts and audio materials are digitally available on people and institutions that helped found American Art. The Archives hold approximately two hundred years’ worth of materials and are located in New York and Washington DC.
  • Coverage Range: Approximately 200 years
  • Some Full-Text
  • Vendor: Smithsonian Institution

 
Art Full Text    
Coverage of international journals in all genres of visual art. Includes journals published between 1984 to the present, with selected full text available from 1997 to the present.
  • Coverage Range: 1984- present
  • Some Full-Text
  • Vendor: EBSCO (WilsonWeb)
  • Jumpstart Searchable

 
Art Index Retrospective    
International journals in all genres of visual art. Includes journals published between 1929 to 1984.
  • Coverage Range: 1929 to 1984
  • Citations Only
  • Vendor: EBSCO (WilsonWeb)
  • Jumpstart Searchable

 
Art Source    
Art Source covers a broad range of related subjects, from fine, decorative and commercial art, to various areas of architecture and architectural design. Providing over 600 full-text journals, more than 220 full-text books, and a collection of over 63,0000 images, it is designed for use by a diverse audience, including art scholars, artists, designers, students and general researchers.
  • Coverage Range: 1929 to present
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: Ebsco
  • Jumpstart Searchable

 
Artbibliographies Modern    
Provides full abstracts of resources on all forms of modern and contemporary art from the late 19th century onwards.
  • Coverage Range: Late 1960s to present
  • Citations Only
  • Vendor: ProQuest

 
ARTstor    
A massive collection of images covering art, architecture, and archeology, made up of several distinct image collections. Collections can be searched as a whole or individually. ***It is necessary to turn off your browser's pop-up blocker for ARTstor to work properly.***
  • Coverage Range: all eras of art
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: ARTstor Inc.

 
Benezit Dictionary of Artists    
Nearly 170,000 entries on artists from antiquity to the present day with regular updates. In addition to concise biographical essays, it includes thousands of auction records, museum holdings, and bibliographies. Provides entries on famous and lesser known artists, and includes images of artists’ signatures, monograms, and stamps.
  • Coverage Range: Antiquity to present
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: Oxford University Press

 
Berg Fashion Library    
Offers access to resources in fashion and related fields. Includes the full-text of the Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion, and an extensive color image bank. Useful for research in fashion, theatre & dance, anthropology, art history, history, american studies, and cultural studies.
  • Coverage Range: Varied
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: Oxford University Press

 
Bibliography of the History of Art (BHA)    
A citation-only index of articles, art-related books, conference proceedings, dissertations, and art exhibition and dealer's catalogs. Covers European and American art from late antiquity to the present. Items in the index have been published between 1975 to 2007.
  • Coverage Range: 1975-2007
  • Citations Only
  • Vendor: J. Paul Getty Trust

 
Early English Books Online    
From the first book published in English through the age of Spenser and Shakespeare, this collection contains about 100,000 of over 125,000 titles listed in Pollard & Redgrave's Short-Title Catalogue (1475-1640) and Wing's Short-Title Catalogue (1641-1700) and their revised editions, as well as the Thomason Tracts (1640-1661) collection and the Early English Books Tract Supplement. Libraries possessing this collection find they are able to fulfill the most exhaustive research requirements in many subject areas, including: English literature, history, philosophy, linguistics, theology, music, fine arts, education, mathematics, and science.
  • Coverage Range: 
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: ProQuest

 
Grove Art Online    
The definitive encyclopedia for art and art history. Grove Art includes thumbnail art images and line drawings, image links, and bibliographies.
  • Coverage Range: 
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: Oxford University Press
  • Jumpstart Searchable

 
Humanities and Social Sciences Retrospective    
A citation-only database that includes articles from English-language periodicals on such subjects as Anthropology, Archaeology, Area Studies, Art, Classical Studies, Community Health & Medical Care, Criminal Justice, Dance, Economics, Environmental Studies, Ethics, Family Studies, Film, Gender Studies, Geography, History, International Relations, Journalism, Law, Linguistics, Literature, Music, Performing Arts, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychiatry, Psychology, Religion, and Sociology. Articles in this database were published between 1907 and 1984. Use the library's "Get It!" button to obtain materials with no direct full-text link.
  • Coverage Range: 1907 to 1984
  • Citations Only
  • Vendor: EBSCO (WilsonWeb)
  • Jumpstart Searchable

 
Humanities Full Text    
A full-text database that covers journal articles in Archaeology, Area Studies, Art, Classical Studies, Communications, Dance, Film, Gender Studies, History, Journalism, Linguistics, Literature, Music, Performing Arts, Philosophy, and Religion.
  • Coverage Range: Indexing 1984+, Abstracting 1984+, “select” Full Text 1994+
  • Some Full-Text
  • Vendor: EBSCO (WilsonWeb)
  • Jumpstart Searchable

 
Humanities International Complete (HIC)    
Full text of hundreds of journals, books and other published sources from around the world in all aspects of the humanities. FOR CITATION SEARCHING: Click the "More" button at the top of the search screen, then click "Cited References."
  • Coverage Range: Mid-1970s - present
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: EBSCO
  • Jumpstart Searchable

 
Index of Christian Art (Princeton)    
Images of Medieval, Christianity-oriented art in color and black and white images with metadata.
  • Coverage Range: Apostolic Period to A.D. 1400
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: Princeton University
  • Jumpstart Searchable

 
International Bibliography of Art    
This database is the successor to the Bibliography of the History of Art (BHA). Provides coverage of European art from late antiquity to the present, American art from the colonial era to the present, and global art since 1945.
  • Coverage Range: Varied
  • Citations Only
  • Vendor: ProQuest

 
JSTOR    
An interdisciplinary archive of over 600 journals in the arts, humanities, and social sciences.
  • Coverage Range: Historical & current publications up to 1 - 5 years from current date
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: ITHAKA (JSTOR)
  • Jumpstart Searchable

 
Library of Latin Texts Online    
Includes LLT Series A and B. Click “Enter Databases” button and scroll down to search separately or via “Cross Database Search Tool”. LLT-A is a database of more than 3,200 latin texts from Antiquity to the twentieth century which benefits from the additional intensive research work undertaken by the Centre ‘Traditio Litterarum Occidentalium’ (CTLO). LLT-B is a complementary database with about 300 texts already available. LLT-B grows at a faster pace than the LLT-A with texts taken directly from existing scholarly editions.
  • Coverage Range: Antiquity to present
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: Brepols Publishers
  • 3 Simultaneous Users

 
Oxford Art Online    
Access to both Grove Art Online and the Benezit Dictionary of Artists, and other Oxford art reference resources. Excellent reference source for art and art history, including biographical information, thumbnail art images, and bibliographies.
  • Coverage Range: Antiquity to present
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: Oxford University Press
  • Jumpstart Searchable

 
Photography: The World Through the Lens    
Private, government, and published photos and publications about photography from the 1840s to 1910s. Mostly from the UK, but some material from other countries. Part of Nineteenth Century Collections Online (NCCO).
  • Coverage Range: 1840s to 1910s
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: Gale Cengage Learning

 
Project Muse    
A multi-disciplinary database of full text scholarly journals and e-books in both humanities and social sciences. Most journals covered are up to date. Can be used as complementary to JStor as the latter covers mostly archival issues. E-books include titles in Global Cultural Studies, Poetry, Fiction & Creative Non-Fiction.
  • Coverage Range: Historical and current
  • Full-Text
  • Vendor: Johns Hopkins University Press