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Research Resources: Subject Guides: Art


  1. Indexes, Abstracts & Full-Text Databases
  2. Subscription Image Collections
  3. Dictionaries, Encyclopedias & Handbooks
  4. Selected Online Resources

Indexes, Abstracts & Full-Text Databases

Subscription Image Collections

Dictionaries & Guides

Selected Online Resources for Art & Art History

ATLA (American Theological Library Association) Digital Resources
A joint project of the American Theological Library Association and the Association of Theological Schools offering access to digitized unique local collections. Items represented include woodcuts, photographs, slides, coins, maps, postcards, llithographs, and various forms of Christian art, architecture, and iconography.
Online home of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), whose mission is to "further the cause of architecture in politics and culture, in the UK and internationally." Site includes RIBApix, an image library devoted to architecture.

Archives of American art
Supports the study of visual arts in America through digital access to thousands of photographs of artists and art-world figures, letters, sketchbooks, diaries, printed materials, ephemera, and other documents from the Smithsonian Institution's archives collections.

CAMEO: conservation and art material encyclopedia online
An electronic database that compiles, defines, and distributes technical information on terms, materials, and techniques used in the fields of art conservation and historic preservation as an extension of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

Finding Images on the Web: An annotated guide to multidisciplinary resources
Image resources chosen by Shadek-Fackenthal's Visual Resources division; coverage includes Art History, Architecture, Photography, Artists' Books, Humanities, Social Sciences, Area Studies, and Science.

Life Photo Archive Hosted by Google
Search millions of photographs from the LIFE photo archive, stretching from the 1750s to today. Most were never published and are now available for the first time through the joint work of LIFE and Google.

Nineteenth-century art worldwide
Free e-journal of 19th-century painting, sculpture, graphic art, photography, architecture, and decorative art. Geographic coverage is extensive, and contents include scholarly, illustrated articles and book and exhibition reviews. Published by the Association of Historians of Nineteenth-Century Art, an affiliate of the College Art Association.

A Treasury of World's Fair Art & Architecture
Art- and architecture-related images, virtual tours, and essays from the World's Fair Collection at the Architecture Library, University of Maryland.

Visual Information Access, Harvard University Libraries
Web union catalog of visual resources representing Harvard's repositories (archives, museums, libraries, and other collections) and documenting "the arts, material culture, and social history." Some records allow access to larger-scale images that are adequate for teaching and research.

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