Art & Art History

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Subject Librarian:
Stephanie Frontz


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Encyclopedias and Dictionaries

Finding Articles - Indexes and Databases

Finding Books-Voyager




Finding DVDs and Videotapes

Finding Images on the Web
Internet Sites




Encyclopedias and Dictionaries


  • Dictionary of Art. New York: Grove Dictionaries, 1996.
    Online and ArtRef N31.D5 1996 
  • Also known as Oxford Art Online, this is the most comprehensive online reference resource for all aspects of the visual arts worldwide from prehistory to the present day.  It includes links to images in museum collections, etc.
  • Dictionary of Art Terms.  New York: Thames & Hudson,2004. 

              ArtRef N 33.L75 2004

        Authoritative reference with over 2000 entries and 400 illustrations.

  • Critical Terms for Art History.  Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2003.

              ArtRef N 34.C75 2003

        Collection of essays defining "loaded" terms in the history of art, such as sign, meaning, peformance, memory/monument, identity, gender and visual culture/visual studies.

  • Cultural Theory; the key concepts.  New York: Routledge, 2002. 

               ArtRef HM 621 .K49 2002

        Explains over 350 key terms encountered in cultural theory .


Finding Articles


Art-specific Indexes

  • 6597
    Art Full Text Via EBSCO 1984 - current
    Identifies articles on the visual arts and architecture. Some with links to full text.
  • 6598
    Art Retrospective Via EBSCO 1929 - 1984
    Identifies older articles on the visual arts and architecture.
  • 6599
    ARTbibliographies Modern Via ProQuest 1974 - current
    Identifies articles, books, dissertations and exhibition catalogs on art from Impressionism to present.
  • 6602
    Arts & Humanities Citation Index Via ISI Web of Science 1975 - current
    Identifies articles and cited references in selected arts and humanities journals.
  • 6604
    Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals 1934 - current, with selective coverage back to 1741
    Identifies articles on architecture and design, history of architecture, city planning.
  • 30896
    Bibliography of the History of Art Varies
    World's most comprehensive bibliography of scholarly writing about the history of Western art from late antiquity to the present.



Other General Indexes

  • 6596
    America: History and Life 1964 - current
    Articles, book reviews, and dissertations on North American history.
  • 6635
    JSTOR Varies by title from 1800s - 2000s
    Full text articles in many disciplines.
  • 6669
    Project Muse 1993 - current
    Full text of scholarly journals in the humanities and social sciences.
  • 6738
    ProQuest Historical Newspapers Via ProQuest Varies
    Full text - articles, ads, pictures - of New York Times (1851 - 2007) & other major papers. Click "More" link for their names.
  • 6659
    ProQuest Research Via ProQuest Varies
    Identifies articles on all topics, many with links to full text. Includes articles in scholarly, peer-reviewed journals.
  • 6699
    WorldCat Via FirstSearch Updated daily
    Identifies and locates books and other materials owned by libraries in the US and internationally.



Finding Books Using Voyager


  • Use Voyager Catalog to search by artist, movement, or subject in Subject, Author, or Custom Boolean Search. Most books classified in the "N" call number (Art) and "TR" (Photography) are housed in the Art/Music Library stacks. Books located at the Charlotte Whitney Allen Library of the Memorial Art Gallery (MAG) and the George Eastman House Library are also listed in the Voyager Catalog. You may request books from the MAG  through the Voyager Place Requests button or you can go to the MAG and borrow directly. Books at the George Eastman House Library do not circulate and must be used there.



Finding DVDs and Videotapes


  • Go to Find DVDs and Videos for a quick search of what DVDs are available from the Art/Music Library.
  • DVDs and videotapes in the Art/Music Library, at the Memorial Art Gallery Library and at the Sibley Music Library, are included in the Voyager Catalog.  Use the limit feature in Voyager to restrict to DVD or Videotape.
  • DVDs and videos can be placed on course reserve in the Art/Music Library. To facilitate this, contact Tom Clifford, 5-3921 in the Art/Music Library,



Finding Images on the Web


  • American Memory Project At this site, the Library of Congress offers access to a portion of its photography collection and other historical document collections.


  • AP Images containing the Associated Press' photos, most since 1995, and a selection of pictures from their image library.
  • Artchive Over 2000 scanned images, links to museum and gallery exhibitions, and other art information


  • Artcyclopedia Commercially sponsored site for art/artist information on the web.


  • ArtServe This Australian National University server contains over 1.2 gigabytes of data which are not available elsewhere. It offers a variety of image collections and small presentations, all of which deal in some way with Art History.


  • ARTstor  Content includes over 1,000,000 images covering art, architecture, photography, history, fashion and archaeology. Software tools support teaching and research uses, including: viewing and analyzing images through features such as zooming and panning, saving groups of images online for personal or shared uses, and creating and delivering presentations both online and offline.Using ARTstor


  •  Britannica Image Quest  Access to over one million rights-cleared images from more than 40 of the best digital image collections.



  • Getty Digitized Library Collections  Digital collections that feature areas of special collections from the Research Library are available online. Digital collections may complement a Research Institute exhibition or focus on a particular artist, subject, collection, or group of collections. In addition to images and other media, they may include contextual and historical information and links to related resources both inside and outside the Getty.


  • Google Art Project  Explore museums from around the world, discover and view hundreds of artworks at incredible zoom levels, and even create and share your own collection of masterpieces.


  • Life magazine An online photo gallery that will feature millions of images from Life magazine's archives.


  • Perseus The Perseus Project is an evolving digital library of resources for the study of the ancient world and beyond.


  • Rochester Images Database includes 22,000 historical and contemporary images from Rochester and Monroe County. Images were chosen from the collections of the Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County Local History Division, the City of Rochester Municipal Archives and City Hall Photo Lab, the Rochester Museum & Science Center, the Town of Brighton Historian's Office, the Town of Perinton Historian's Office, the Village of East Rochester Historian's Office and the Village of Hilton Historian's Office.



Internet Sites


    Arts Advocacy, Grants, Research, etc.
  • Americans for the Arts
  • This site of the American Council for the Arts covers arts advocacy and education resources. It includes a "hotline" for artists with information on grants and legal issues and a forum to debate issues in public art.
  • International Foundation for Art Research

          a not-for-profit educational and research organization dedicated to integrity in the visual arts.




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