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Database Subject: Art


Research Starting Points

Apabi Digital Library Image Database 

Images of Chinese art works from museums in China and around the world. Includes artworks in calligraphy, folk art, communism-related art, excavated art objects, book illustrations, clothing and decoration.

Art & Architecture Source (EBSCO) 

Covers a broad range of related subjects, from fine, decorative and commercial art, to various areas of architecture and architectural design. Strong international coverage from periodicals published English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, and Dutch.

Art Full Text (EBSCO) 

Art Full Text is now Art & Architecture Source.

Art History Resources on the Web 

Links to extensive resources for the study of art history.

Art Source (EBSCO) 

Art Source (EBSCO) is now Art & Architecture Source.

ARTbibliographies Modern (ProQuest)  

1974-present. Provides full abstracts of journal articles, books, essays, exhibition catalogs, PhD dissertations, and exhibition review on all forms of modern and contemporary art. Entries date back as far as the late 1960's.


Search for artists whose works are included in museum sites, image archives and other online resources.

ARTINFO Gallery Guide 

Comprehensive source of gallery and museum exhibitions nationwide.

Arts & Humanities Combined Databases (ProQuest) 

Arts & Humanities Combined Databases is now The Arts.


ARTstor is an ever-growing digital library of over 500,000 images of art, architecture and archeology from a wide range of cultures and time periods to support teaching and learning in the humanities and social sciences.

Bibliography of the History of Art 

The Bibliography of the History of Art is now the International Bibliography of Art.


A free public gateway to thousands of digitized primary sources - including photographs, documents, newspaper clippings, works of art - from UC museums and libraries and other cultural heritage institutions across California. Designed with a special emphasis on serving California teachers.

Cambridge Books Online  

Access to eBooks by Cambridge University Press, covering subjects from all disciplines across science, technology and medicine, as well as the humanities and social sciences.

China Online Journals (COJ) 

Provided through Wanfang Data, an affiliate of Chinese Ministry of Science & Technology. Covers 98.5% of core journals in China. Covers business, economics, arts, humanities, law, politics, social sciences, health, medicine, biology, agriculture and technology.

Claire Holt Indonesian Art Collection 

Created for the Cornell Indonesian Arts Project, the Claire Holt Papers comprise approximately 1,780 slides of Indonesia and typescript notes about a trip to Indonesia in 1955-1956.

Cultural Policy and the Arts National Data Archive (CPANDA) 

CPANDA is now part of the National Archive of Data on Arts and Culture (NADAC).

Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB) 

Provides access to peer-reviewed open access books from reputable academic publishers. Books may be downloaded free of charge or bound copies purchased from publishers.

Duke Digital Collections 

Digital image collection held by Duke University Libraries or other organizations affiliated with Duke University. Includes collections such as the William Gedney Photographs and Writings, Historic American Sheet Music and the Emergence of Advertising in America.

Estate Project for Artists with AIDS 

Initiated by the Alliance for the Arts, the Estate Project for Artists with Aids seeks to preserve the cultural legacy of the AIDS crisis so that future generations can enjoy, study and engage artworks as aesthetic achievements and historical documents.

Farber Gravestone Collection 

The Farber Gravestone Collection is an unusual resource containing over 13,500 images documenting the sculpture on more than 9,000 gravestones, most of which were made prior to 1800, in the Northeastern part of the United States.