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Art History Research Resources: Finding Articles

Other Databases

While Art Full Text is the primary database for art history research, there are other databases that you will find helpful depending on your topic.

Art Databases

Art & Architecture Complete

Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals

Bibliography of the History of Art (BHA) (1975-2007) and International Bibliography of Art (2007-  )

Communication and Mass Media Complete (film studies)

International Index to the Performing Arts (IIPA) (theatrical & production design)

JSTOR- full text

Project MUSE - full text

Historical Databases

America: History and Life- abstracts and citations for US and Canadian history, 1450-present

Historical Abstracts- abstracts and citations of world history from 1450 to present

ITER-Gateway to the Middle Ages and Renaissance- abstracts and citations for Europe and the Middle East, 400-1700

Art Index

Art Full Text is the primary database that you will use when doing art history research.  Many of the articles are available full text, but you may also need to use the full text options link to get to the article or book you want.  The full text options link in the database checks to see if we have a subscription to the journal or own the book you are looking for. 

When searching Art Full Text, you will probably have the best results when using the "multi-field search."  This will allow you to combine terms and use truncation symbols (paint* AND france OR french) in the same way as you can in the library catalog when looking for books.  Also be aware that many entries in Art Full Text are exhibition or book reviews, as well as art reproductions, which do not qualify as scholarly or academic articles.  Make sure to look for articles from scholarly publishers that are at least 8-10 pages in length.


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