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Library Resource Guide for: VISUAL ART

Individual Databases for Visual Art

Bibliographic Databases:

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.

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.]

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.

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 on the web, maintained by Brown Art & Architecture Librarian 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.