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Search for books, articles, ebooks, databases, journal titles and other useful resources for your study and research, both online and in the library.


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Key Resources for Art History

The following databases contain a variety of material, including journal articles, for your specific subject area. The brief descriptions beneath the titles will explain what each hold. To access, click on the title.

  • Art Abstracts
    Provides comprehensive indexing and abstracts for more than 450 international art publications, including periodicals, yearbooks, and museum bulletins. Art Abstracts' international coverage encompasses periodicals published in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Dutch, focused on a broad range of art topics, including advertising, archaeology, crafts, folk art, graphic arts, interior design, video, film, architecture and art history. Indexing spans from 1984 to the present.
  • Art Full Text
    Comprises the bibliographic contents of over 370 leading art periodicals - journals, museum bulletins and yearbooks. The database gives references to articles, reviews, exhibition listings and many other types of material. Unusually, reproductions of works of art that appear in the periodicals are also fully detailed. The database currently has over 500,000 records and is updated monthly. It indexes periodicals from 1984, and includes abstracts from 1994 onwards. The full text of articles from selected journals is available from 1997 onwards.

    Art Full Text spans all aspects of art, from visual to performing arts, and gives references to articles, reviews, exhibition listings and many other types of material.
  • ARTstor
    Provides access to a searchable database of digital images and associated catalogue data. ARTstor covers many time periods and cultures and documents the fields of architecture, painting, sculpture, photography, decorative arts, design, anthropology, ethnographic and women's studies, as well as many other forms of visual culture.
  • Art UK
    The nation’s art online, in partnership with over 3,000 public art collections. There are already over 200,000 artworks on Art UK. The art is from museums, universities, town halls, hospitals and even a lighthouse.
  • British Humanities Index (BHI)
    Now known as Humanities Index.
    An international abstracting and indexing tool for research in the humanities, BHI indexes over 400 internationally respected humanities journals and weekly magazines published in the UK and other English speaking countries, as well as quality newspapers published in the UK.
  • Google Art Project
    The Art Project is a unique collaboration with some of the world’s most acclaimed art institutions to enable people to discover and view artworks online in extraordinary detail. Users can 'walk' around galleries using the Google Maps 'street view' technology, and view artworks and collections.
  • Historical Abstracts
    Historical Abstracts covers the history of the world (excluding the United States and Canada) from 1450 to the present, including world history, military history, women's history, history of education, and more. The database indexes more than 1,700 academic historical journals in over 40 languages back to 1955.
  • JSTOR
    Contains a trusted archive of important scholarly journals, primarily in the humanities and social sciences
  • Oxford Art Online (Includes Grove Art Online)
    Allows users to access and search Grove Art Online, the Oxford Companion to Western Art, the Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms and the Encyclopedia of Aesthetics.
  • Scopus
    Includes the abstracts and cited references of over 23,000 peer-reviewed titles from more than 5,000 international publishers in the sciences, social sciences and the arts and humanities. Scopus includes references of all articles published since 1996, offering newly-linked citations across the widest body of articles available including Open Access and electronic-only titles. 20 million pre-1996 records captured without references go back as far as 1823.
  • VADS
    VADS is the online resource for visual arts. It has provided services to the academic community for 12 years and has built up a considerable portfolio of visual art collections comprising over 100,000 images that are freely available and copyright cleared for use in learning, teaching and research in the UK.
  • Web of Science
    Provides access to the Science Citation Index, Social Sciences Citation Index and Arts & Humanities Citation Index.

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