Fine Arts Databases

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Database Database Description
Art Index

Index of periodicals, art dissertations, and art reproductions, providing examples of styles and art movements, including works by emerging artists. Includes fine, decorative and commercial art, as well as folk art, photography, film, and architecture.

Dates of coverage: 1984 - present
Content Type: scholarly articles
Arts & Humanities Citation Index (ISI)

Part of Web of Science, this is a citation index to 1,300 leading arts and humanities journals. Coverage includes selected articles from social science and science journals.  

Dates of coverage: 1997 - present
Content Type: scholarly articles
Grove Dictionary of Art

Comprehensive dictionary that covers all aspects of visual art, including artists, art forms, styles, and time periods.

Dates of coverage: Current edition
Content Type: dictionary, encyclopedia
Humanities International Index

Index of journals, books and reference works, as well as original creative works including poems, fiction, photographs, paintings and illustrations. Coverage includes archaeology, art, film, folklore, gender, philosophy, and religion and theology.

Dates of coverage: Coverage varies
Content Type: scholarly articles
Oxford Art Online

Oxford Art Online enables access and cross-search functionality to Grove and Oxford reference content in one location. Provides access to Grove Art Online, Benezit Dictionary of Artists, The Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, The Oxford Companion to Western Art, and The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms. Includes image partnerships with ARTstor, the British Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Art Images for College Teaching, Art Resource, Artists Rights Society and numerous international art galleries and artists.

Dates of coverage: Coverage varies
Content Type: dictionary, encyclopedia, reference source

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Database Database Description
Academic Search Complete

Multidisciplinary database that indexes journals from a wide range of subject areas, including literature, history, ethnic studies, computer science, engineering, physics, chemistry, and medical sciences. Includes many fulltext articles.

Dates of coverage: Coverage varies.
Content Type: scholarly articles
Avery Index to Architecture Periodicals

Index of journals related to architecture and design, archaeology, city planning, interior design, and historic preservation.

Dates of coverage: 1930 - present
Content Type: scholarly articles
Grove Dictionary of Music & Musicians

Comprehensive dictionary that covers all aspects of music.

Dates of coverage: Current edition
Content Type: dictionary, encyclopedia
Humanities & Social Sciences Index Retrospective

Index of articles, interviews, and book reviews in the humanities and social sciences, including anthropology, economics, psychology and sociology.

Dates of coverage: 1907-1984
Content Type: scholarly articles
International Index of Music Periodicals

Index of journals related to the study of music, including performance, theory, composition, music education, jazz and ethnomusicology.

Dates of coverage: 1874 - present
Content Type: scholarly articles
RILM Music Abstracts

Index of publications related to all aspects of music, including performance, theory, history, language, composition, therapy and genre.

Dates of coverage: 1967 - present
Content Type: scholarly articles