Research Guide: Art

Background Information

More books about art can be found on the fourth floor, section N.

Journal Articles

Academic Search Premier

Academic Search Premier can be used to locate articles about artists; art history, styles, and techniques; art shows; and much more.

Art Full Text

Art Abstracts is one of the best places to search for articles about art, artists, and art history.


JSTOR is a journal archive that contains thousands of articles about art, art history, art shows, artists, and more.

Project Muse

Project Muse is a journal archive that specializes in humanities journals. It can be used to locate articles about art, art history, and art criticism.

Web Sites

Archives of American Art

Online exhibits, hundreds of oral history transcripts, online reference assistance, finding aids and more on American art.

Art History Resources on the Web

Vast, well-organized selection of links to Web sites covering all of art history.

Art Information

"Ask Joan of Art" online reference feature, Smithsonian American Art Museum collection search with selected images, Inventories of American Painting and Sculpture, Pre-1877 Art Exhibition Catalogue Index, a guide to Researching Your Art, and more.


Free access to some 125,000 images by 8,000 artists, and free articles on many. Excellent museum directory. Fee-based links to auction results and to Highbeam Research articles.

ArtLex Art Dictionary

Definitions of more than 3,600 terms, supporting images, pronunciations, quotations, cross-referencing, and related Web links.


Free online magazine featuring articles, news, book and exhibition reviews, and more. Free links to museums and to images of more than 90,000 artworks for sale in galleries. Links to other fee-based services. The Daily Digest of Arts, Culture & Ideas

Daily summaries of and full-text links to significant arts stories selected from a wide range of international English-language sources, fully archived and keyword searchable. A great place for the art lover to start the The Daily Digest of Arts, Culture & Ideas


Specializes in American art. Free features include museum and gallery directories, searches for 42,000 American artists for their inclusion in these museums and galleries, special features, and an art glossary. Paid services include auction results and more extensive image results.

Center for Creative Photography

This unique site, maintained by the University of Arizona, allows you to access the works of photographers such as Ansel Adams, Garry Winogrand, Edward Weston and others. This archive contains thousands of photographs, negatives, prints, letters, and much more.

Yahoo! Arts and Humanities

Well-organized portal to artists; art history; museums, galleries, and centers; design arts; and much more.

Yale Digital Commons

This online archive provides access to thousands of images of paintings, prints, sculpture, historical artifacts, and much more. Use the advanced search to search by region, media, artist, and other criteria.

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