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Individual Databases for History of Art and Architecture

Bibliographic Databases: Ancient Art and Archaeology:

Annee Philologique  
1959-2003; subtitled A Critical and Analytical Bibliography of Greco-Latin Antiquity, L'Annee Philologique is an international, multi-lingual bibliography of all aspects of classical studies, including authors and texts, literature, archaeology, history, philosophy, and other disciplines. Includes over 375,000 citations from about 1,500 periodicals and hundreds of monographic volumes. Like the print edition, the online version of L'Annee Philologique is published approximately two years behind.

Try L'ANNEE PHILOLOGIQUE via the EBSCO interface.

Anthropology Plus  
Early 19th century-present; as a compilation of the Royal Anthropological Institute’s Anthropological Index and Harvard University's Anthropological Literature database, Anthropology Plus is a comprehensive index covering the fields of anthropology, archaeology, and related interdisciplinary research. This database provides extensive indexing of journal articles, reports, and commentaries.

1956-present; books, book reviews, and journal articles in the disciplines of classics, prehistory and ancient history, archaeology, numismatics, epigraphy, and philology are indexed, including subject access based on the Realkatalog of the German Archaeological Institute. Most of the citations are to works not in English.

Bibliographic Databases: Art and Architecture:

Art Full Text  full text icon  
1984-present; Art Full Text offers full text plus abstracts and indexing of an international array of peer-selected publications--now with expanded coverage of Latin American, Canadian, Asian and other non-Western art, new artists, contemporary art, exhibition reviews, and feminist criticism. Full text coverage for selected periodicals is also included. In addition to articles, Art Full Text indexes reproductions of works of art that appear in indexed periodicals. Subjects indexed include: antiques, archaeology, architecture and architectural history, art history, computers in art, fashion design, folk art, graphic arts, industrial design, interior design, painting, photography, pottery, sculpture, television, textiles, and video.

Art Index Retrospective  
1929-1984; cummulates citations from volumes 1-32 of the printed Art Index. In addition to art and architecture, topics covered include advertising, antiques, archaeology, crafts, industrial design, motion pictures, museology, photography, and television.

Arts and Humanities Citation Index  
1975-present; source for information in all arts and humanities disciplines. Useful for retrieving recent articles that cite a known earlier article.

Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals  
1930-present; (with selected coverage back to late 19th century) the Avery Index treats architecture and related subjects, such as city planning, historic preservation, and interior design.

Bibliography of the History of Art
1990-2007; covers European and American art from late antiquity to the present. Note that the database search includes the International Bibliography of Art (IBA), covering the years 2008 and part of 2009. The Repertoire de la litterature de l'art (RILA), one of the predecessors of BHA, with records that cover 1975-1989, will be online by May 1. [This resource is publicly available.]

Index of Christian Art  full text icon  
ICA is the largest database of medieval art, documenting nearly 80,000 works of art dating from the 1st century CE to 1550, without geographic limitation. It is based on the analog archive at Princeton University. Seventeen different media are represented in the archive, including manuscripts, metalwork, sculpture, painting, and stained glass. The subject matter of each work is classified under one or more of 28,000 subject terms, and a full-text description accompanies each work. The online ICA database presently contains more than 100,000 images and nearly 50,000 bibliographic records covering iconography, art history, archaeology, religion (Christianity), and classical studies.

International Bibliography of Art  
2008-present; the IBA is a definitive resource for scholarly literature on western art. IBA is the successor to the Bibliography of the History of Art (BHA), and includes the most recent index records that were created by the Getty Research Institute as part of BHA.

Dictionaries and Encyclopedias:

Oxford Art Online  full text icon  
Prehistory to the present; Oxford Art Online provides web access to the entire text of Grove Art and The Dictionary of Art along with several other art resources such as The Oxford Companion to Western Art, Benezit Dictionary of Artists, Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, and The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms.


FIAF: International FilmArchive Database  
1972-present; the FIAF Databases Online is a group of databases from the International Federation of Film Archives, bringing together contributions from experts around the world dedicated to film preservation, cataloguing and documentation. The FIAF Databases include:
* International Index to Film Periodicals
* International Index to Television Periodicals
* List of Periodicals Indexed
* Treasures from the Film Archives
* Bibliography of FIAF Affiliates Publications
* International Directory of Film and TV Documentation Collections

Film Literature Index (FLI Online)
1976-2001; the Film Literature Index (FLI) annually indexes 150 film and television periodicals from 30 countries cover-to-cover and 200 other periodicals selectively for articles on film and television. The periodicals range from the scholarly to the popular. More than 2,000 subject headings provide detailed analysis of the articles. [This resource is publicly available.]

IIPA Full Text (International Index to the Performing Arts Full Text)  full text icon  
1864-present; draws its content from scholarly and popular performing arts periodicals, and also indexes a variety of documents such as biographical profiles, conference papers, obituaries, interviews, discographies, reviews and events. IPAFT covers nearly all aspects of the performing arts, from scholarly studies to snapshots of popular culture.

The Internet Movie Database
Comprehensive website of film and television, including everything from silent days to the present.

Image Resources:

ARTstor is a digital library of over one million images in the areas of art, architecture, the humanities, and social sciences with a set of tools to view, present, and manage images. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED IN ORDER TO DOWNLOAD IMAGES. For help getting started see ARTstor HELP for Brown University users.

Brown University Library Digital Projects
Visual material from the Brown University Library Special Collections. Includes wide range of subjects such as the Anne S. K. Brown Military Collection, African American Sheet Music, works from the Lincoln Collection, and more.

Image Collections in the Brown Library Blog
Read about the many different types of images that are available in the different Brown image collections! Accessible by the Brown community only. You must log into your gmail account in order to access the blog.

Luna Insight
Web browser LUNA allows viewing and exporting of images, including the contents of the Brown University Instructional Image Collection. LUNA also provides free access to the Luna Commons, image resources contributed by other institutional users of this software.

Resources in Art and Architecture on the Web
An extensive compilation of art and architecture sites available on the web, maintained by Brown Art and Architecture Library Karen Bouchard.

Vogue Archive  full text icon  
1892-present; the Vogue Archive contains the entire run of Vogue magazine (US edition reproduced in high-resolution color page images. Every page, advertisement, cover and fold-out has been included, with rich indexing enabling you to find images by garment type, designer and brand names. The Vogue Archive preserves the work of the world's greatest fashion designers, stylists and photographers and is a unique record of American and international fashion, culture and society. In addition to the editorial content, all covers, advertisements and pictorial features have been captured as separate documents to allow for searching and discovery. For advertisements, the featured company and brand names have been assigned to the document records, and all image captions are captured to a high accuracy, allowing accurate retrieval of photographs and illustrations. Contributor names that appear in image credits, such as photographers, stylists and illustrators, are also indexed. You can also limit your search by journal editor.

Library Catalogs: Virtual Catalogue for Art History
A meta-catalogue providing access to more than 8 million reccords in 31 major art libraries of Europe, Britain, Canada, and the U.S. Results include records for journal articles, conference papers, festschriften, exhibition catalogues and exhibition books, as well as archival materials and online resources.