Research Databases and Online Resources

Online Art Resources

asa managing personal collections & creative legacies
A practical guide for managing and preserving an artist’s studio archives.  Based on real-life scenarios, it details best practices in archiving, preserving, and documenting an artist’s work at every career stage. 

Bibliography of the History of Art (BHA)
A bilingual, international bibliographic database on the history of post-classical Western art, architecture, and decorative arts. It covers art history from late antiquity to the present. The database provides citations to material published between 1975 and 2007.

Canadian Women artists history initiative
The Canadian Women Artists History Initiative is a collaborative endeavor that brings resources and researchers together to enhance scholarship on historical women artists in Canada.

Illinois Women Artist Project (IWA)
This searchable and browsable database has information on more than 450 women artists who were active in Illinois between 1840 and 1960.

Women Artist Archives National Directory (WAAND)
This directory of U.S. archival collections contains primary source materials by and about women visual artists active in the U.S. since 1945.

On-Site Resources

artbibliographies modern
Find abstracts of journal articles, books, essays, exhibition catalogs, dissertations, and exhibition reviews. This covers current art history literature on modern art, photography, and design from Impressionism to the most recent works and trends in the late 20th century. A particular emphasis is placed on new and lesser-known artists and on foreign-language literature.

art source
Developed from a merger of Art Index, Art Abstracts, Art Full Text, and Art & Architecture Complete,  Art Source features full-text articles and citations for art and architecture journals and books published in French, Italian, German, Spanish, and Dutch. It also includes an image collection and art reproduction records.

This site provides full text of selected scholarly journals in a number of fields in PDF format. Note: Journals in JSTOR usually do not include the most recent three to five years. For more recent articles, use one of the other indexes listed in this section.

Oxford Art Online
A comprehensive online reference resource for all aspects of the visual arts worldwide, this covers prehistory to the 1990s. Includes information from Grove Dictionary of Art and Benezit Dictionary of Artists. Note: Maximum is three concurrent users.

Librarian-Only Resources
Features a collection of resources on art, presented by the ArtNet Worldwide Corporation, and is considered an excellent source for information on European artists and museum-quality art. Offers access to images and includes categories, such as art and antiques, artists, auctions, magazines, and books. Contains a site search engine. Note: Staff requests only.
Lists approximately four million international records for fine art auction sales from large and small auction houses since 1700. Includes prices for paintings, prints, posters, drawings, miniatures, sculptures, installations, photographs, and tapestries, as well as biographical information and artist signatures.

Art Sales Index
Includes over three million auction sales, since the 1970s, from over 500 international auction houses for paintings, works on paper, prints, photographs, sculptures, and miniatures. Only works bringing an auction price of over £250 are included; this value changes over time.