HISTART R1B: The Institutions of Art

Art Research

Check out Google Art Project, which gives you virtual tours of some of the world's major art museums, including close ups of major art works.

  • ARTstor
    A repository of more than 1 million digital images. Includes The Mellon International Dunhuang Archive; Native American Art and Culture from the Smithsonian; and the Hartill Archive of Architecture and Allied Arts.
  • Arts and Humanities Citation Index (Web of Knowledge)
    Indexes over 1,000 of the leading arts and humanities journals, and provides searching of footnoted citations. Under Current Limits, specify Arts and Humanities Citation Index.
  • Art Source (formerly Art Full Text)
    Indexes over 300 international publications, including journals, yearbooks, museum bulletins, film reviews, bibliographies, conference reports, review articles, interviews and exhibition listings, in a variety of languages.
  • Art Index Retrospective
    Indexes publications in the fields of archaeology, architecture, art history, city planning, computer applications and graphics, crafts, film, folk art, graphic arts, industrial design, interior design, landscape architecture, museology, painting, photography, sculpture, television, textiles, and video. Includes citations to art reproductions.
  • ARTbibliographies Modern (ABM)
    Indexes journals, books, essays, exhibition catalogs, dissertations, and exhibition reviews. Coverage extends from artists and movements beginning with Impressionism in the late 19th century, up to the most recent works and trends in the late 20th century.
  • AskART
    Includes information for over 123,000 artists. International coverage.
  • ArtLex
    A dictionary of visual art.

Current news sources

The newspaper databases listed here contain articles published mostly after 1985.  For historical topics use Historical Newspapers [Proquest] database

  • LexisNexis Academic
    Includes over 6,000 individual titles of international, national and local newspapers and wire services; radio and television transcripts; and business, medical, industry, and legislative magazines, journals, and newsletters.
  • ProQuest Newspapers
    Indexes the New York Times (1999-present), Los Angeles Times (1985-present), Wall Street Journal (1982-present).
  • Access World News
    articles from 600 U.S. and over 700 international news sources.
  • Alt-Press Watch
    Alternative, radical, and independent magazines, newspapers, and journals in North America.

Databases for Film Studies

The MLA Bibliography can also be a good source for film criticism, particularly for films that were adapted from novels.

  • Film and Television Literature Index with Full Text
    Indexes 150 scholarly and popular periodicals from 30 countries cover-to-cover and 300 other periodicals selectively for reviews and articles on the topic film and television. Search by keyword, production title and more or browse by some 2000 subject headings.
  • FIAF: International Index to Film Periodicals
    Indexes scholarly and popular journals, books, book reviews, and proceedings worldwide on a wide range of topics within the fields of film and television studies. Includes complete data from all volumes of the International Index to Film Periodicals (1972 to the present), the TV-related companion (1979 to the present), the annual volumes of the International Index to Film.
  • Film Index International
    Indexes almost 100,000 international feature films and shorts, Hollywood entertainment shorts, documentaries, and television movies from all over the world. Includes references to critical and industry articles on films, articles on personalities from approximately 260 international film/TV journals, information about film awards and prizes, and searchable plot summaries with cast and crew lists. This database is produced in collaboration with the British Film Institute.
Last Update: August 23, 2013 14:05