Art & Art History

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  • Dictionary of Art (Grove), REF 703 D561
    This 34-volume encyclopedia is essential to the study of art. It contains 45,000 articles on art and artists throughout world history.


Key Databases

  • Art Index
    Database covering art and art history, architecture, photography, film, art criticism, and related fields, with links to full text.
  • Humanities Source
    For researchers interested in all aspects of the humanities including the arts, history, communications, culture, literature and philosophy. Over 1,100 active full-text sources with 930 being active full-text peer-reviewed journals.
  • ProQuest Research Library: The Arts
    Multidisciplinary full text database with coverage of the visual arts, as well as theater, music, dance, and film.

Streaming Video

Image Databases

    Digital collection of about 95,000 high-resolution reproductions for additional access to a wide range of images across cultures and throughout history. All content is rights-cleared for educational use in the classroom or to illustrate papers, web projects and other assignments.
  • Google Arts & Culture
    Online initiative that features over 6 million high-resolution images of artworks and other materials in it's collection from museums all across the globe.

Biography Databases

  • Clara: Database of Women Artists
    Database from the National Museum of Women in the Arts provides key facts and accomplishments of major women artists along with a brief biography. Artists range from all nationalities from the 1580s to the present.

Other Resources

Citing Sources

  • MLA Style Guide
  • Zotero
    A citation generator and management tool, Zotero can help you keep all of your citation information together and generate a bibliography for you.


Books related to art and art history have call numbers in the 700s. Reference books are on the main floor in the Reference Room. All other art books are located on the upper floor, left side.


  • Art, Design and Visual Thinking
    Illustrated digital textbook covering the elements of art, the principles of design and the various techniques of art production.
  • Smart history
    Multi-media art historical web-book with video conversations on various works interspersed with images and text organized by artist, style or time period.
  • Timeline of Art History
    Chronological, geographical, and thematic exploration of the history of art from around the world. Produced by the Metropolitan Museum of Art.