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Save time! Search once for your topic in dozens of research databases.  Databases include Art Index Retrospective, Art Full text, Academic Search Complete and JSTOR.

 

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Academic Search Complete is a comprehensive scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database, with more than 8,600 full-text periodicals, including nearly 7,500 peer-reviewed journals. In addition to full text, this database offers indexing and abstracts for more than 12,500 journals and a total of more than 13,200 publications including monographs, reports, conference proceedings, etc. The database features content going back as far as 1887, with the majority of full-text titles in native (searchable) PDF format. Searchable cited references are provided for more than 1,400 journals.

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Art Full Text is a bibliographic database that indexes and abstracts articles from periodicals published throughout the world. Periodical coverage includes English-language periodicals, yearbooks, and museum bulletins, as well as periodicals published in French, Italian, German, Japanese, Spanish, Dutch, and Swedish. In addition to articles, Art Full Text indexes reproductions of works of art that appear in indexed periodicals.
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A unique resource, Art Index Retrospective helps users find contemporary criticism of art at the time of its debut, track the body of work of an artist or movement, find artists' interviews and other commentary, and much more. Users can research leading English-language sources, as well as others published in French, Italian, German, Spanish, and Dutch. Besides periodicals, users have access to data from important yearbooks and select museum bulletins. Coverage dates are 1929-1984, and results are limited to bibliographic information only. Not full text.

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The self-proclaimed "1st art newspaper on the Net." Artdaily was established in 1996. Contains information on artists, exhibitions,events, feature stories, comments/discussion boards and links to a multitude of web pages.

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Digital Image Database in the areas of art, architecture, the humanities, and social sciences. For ARTstor's many interdisciplinary applications, go to http://www.artstor.org/using-artstor/u-html/interdisciplinary.shtml.

If you are unable to find an image in ARTstor, try searching in Flickr http://www.flickr.com rather than Google Images. Flickr consistently has higher quality images than Google Images and is especially rich in modern art and architecture. In addition, Flickr provides excellent details of the work, browsing features, and is generally less cumbersome than Google.

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The J. Paul Getty Trust provides access to the Bibliography of the History of Art (BHA) and the Répertoire de la Litterature de l'art (RILA).  The bibliographic databases, searchable together, cover European and American visual arts material. The BHA covers the years 1990-2007, and the RILA covers the years 1975-1989.  Bibliographic information provided by the database includes title, document type, ISBN, and abstract, and the database includes all records with abstracts in French and English. The results are also linked by subject terms in French and English, which will allow users to connect to other related materials.

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ebrary is an information delivery service that features a growing selection of more than 36,000 titles from more than 200 leading academic, STM, and professional publishers.

ebrary allows an unlimited number users of any one book in the database at any given time.  Portions of books may be downloaded as PDF files, and entire books may be downloaded and read using the Adobe Digital Editions reader.

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Access to the full text of reference, scholarly, and professional books. EBSCO eBooks are digital full-text versions of books such as reference works, scholarly monographs, literature and fiction (at Brooklyn College, almost 6,000 titles), and 3,400 publicly-accessible titles. 

EBSCO books are viewable online and may be checked out and viewed or downloaded using the Adobe Digital Editions reader.  The reader is available free at http://www.adobe.com/products/digitaleditions/.  The list of compatible devices is available at http://blogs.adobe.com/digitalpublishing/supported-devices

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This portal provides access to over 20,000 digitized art history texts, rare books and related literature in the public domain.  The holdings represent some of the finest art library collections worldwide.

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Iter was created for the advancement of learning in the study and teaching of the Middle Ages and Renaissance (400-1700) through the development of online resources. This database offers access to bibliographies (Bibliography of English Women Writers, 1500-1640), journals (Early Theatre), and books (New Technologies and Renaissance Studies) among other titles, providing access to a wide range of primary and secondary sources for Medieval scholars.

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JSTOR offers full-text access to archival scholarly journals. It offers both multidisciplinary and discipline-specific collections, covering such topics as Art, Business, Language & Literature, Mathematics, Music, Ecology, & Botany. JSTOR includes journal content, primary sources, images, and more across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. Because of JSTOR's archival mission, there is approximately a 1-5 year gap between the most recently published journal issue and the content available in the database.

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LexisNexis® Academic provides access to full-text information from over 5,600 sources, including: national and regional newspapers, wire services, broadcast transcripts, international news, and non-English language sources; U.S. Federal and state case law, legal news, law reviews, and international legal information; Shepard's® Citations for all U.S. Supreme Court cases. A tutorial is available at http://academic.lexisnexis.com/online-services/academic-overview.aspx (under "Learn More").

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This site provides a comprehensive index to hundreds of Web resources related to American Art.  This is an excellent resource to begin research for anything related to American images or art.

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Combines the catalogs of thousands of libraries in the US and worldwide. Brooklyn College users can use WorldCat to directly request a book on Interlibrary Loan.  There is also a free version at WorldCat.org

Museums and Exhibits

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The Art Museum Network was founded in 1996 to provide a platform for sharing collections and exhibitions information among its almost 200 members.
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The online catalogue of Brooklyn College Library's art collection, which includes paintings, drawings, sculptures, photography, and prints. The catalogue includes digital reproductions of the art, brief descriptions that offer insights into the works and artists, suggested readings, and links to museum and gallery exhibitions.
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The Brooklyn Museum, housed in a 560,000-square-foot, Beaux-Arts building, is the second-largest art museum in New York City and one of the largest in the country. Its world-renowned permanent collections include more than one million objects, from ancient Egyptian masterpieces to contemporary art, and represent a wide range of cultures.
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Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution is the only museum in the nation devoted exclusively to historic and contemporary design.
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The Dahesh Museum of Art is the only institution in the United States devoted to collecting, exhibiting, and interpreting works by Europe's academically trained artists of the 19th and early 20th centuries.
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A nonprofit institution, Dia plays a vital role among visual-arts organizations nationally and internationally by initiating, supporting, presenting, and preserving art projects, and by serving as a locus for interdisciplinary art and criticism.
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El Museo del Barrio was founded in 1969 by a group of Puerto Rican educators, artists, parents and community activists in East Harlem?s Spanish-speaking El Barrio. Since then, El Museo del Barrio has evolved into New York?s leading Latino cultural institution, having expanded its mission to represent the diversity of art and culture in all of the Caribbean and Latin America.
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The Frick Collection includes some of the best-known paintings by the greatest European artists, major works of sculpture (among them one of the finest groups of small bronzes in the world), superb eighteenth-century French furniture and porcelains, Limoges enamels, Oriental rugs, and other works of remarkable quality.
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The mission of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation is to promote the understanding and appreciation of art, architecture, and other manifestations of modern and contemporary visual culture; to collect, preserve, and research art objects; and to make them accessible to scholars and an increasingly diverse audience through its network of museums, programs, educational initiatives, and publications.

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Interpreting the power and evolution of photography, the International Center of Photography is a museum and school dedicated to the understanding and appreciation of photography.
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Find links to sites on the World Wide Web where artists' works can be viewed online.
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art is one of the world's largest and finest art museums. Its collections include more than two million works of art spanning 5,000 years of world culture, from prehistory to the present and from every part of the globe.
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Founded in 1929 as an educational institution, The Museum of Modern Art is dedicated to being the foremost museum of modern art in the world by establishing, preserving, and documenting a permanent collection of the highest order that reflects the vitality, complexity, and unfolding patterns of modern and contemporary art.

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The Museum of the City of New York embraces the past, present, and future of New York City and celebrates the city?s cultural diversity. The Museum is dedicated to fostering an understanding of New York?s evolution from its origins as a settlement of a few hundred Europeans, Africans, and Native Americans to its present status of one of the world?s largest and most important cities.
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The Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM) is America's first federal art collection, dedicated to the enjoyment and understanding of American art. The museum celebrates the extraordinary creativity of our country's artists, whose works are windows on the American experience.
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The only museum in the world dedicated exclusively to recognizing the contributions of women artists.

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The Whitney Museum houses one of the world's foremost collections of twentieth-century American art. The Permanent Collection of some 12,000 works encompasses paintings, sculptures, multimedia installations, drawings, prints, and photographs?and is still growing.

Organizations and Associations

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AAM?s mission is to enhance the value of museums to their communities through leadership, advocacy, and service.
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Americans for the Arts is the nation's leading nonprofit organization dedicated to representing and serving local communities and creating opportunities for every American to participate in and appreciate all forms of the arts.

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The Art Libraries Society of North America was founded in 1972 to fulfill the need among art librarians for better communication and is devoted to fostering excellence in art librarianship and visual resources curatorship for the advancement of visual arts.
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The College Art Association supports all practitioners and interpreters of visual art and culture, including artists and scholars, who join together to cultivate the ongoing understanding of art as a fundamental form of human expression.
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The New York Foundation for the Arts serves individual artists, promotes their freedom to develop and create, and provides the public with opportunities to experience and understand their work.

Reference Resources

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This is not designed to be a course on the history of photography such as a resource to dip into. In addition to pen-portraits of many of the most important photographers of the period, it contains information on some of the most significant processes used during the early days of photography.
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This Library of Congress site provides information on and access to, digitized versions of primary-source collections on American history and culture, including photographs, documents, sound recordings and motion pictures.
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An excellent place to begin art research. One of the most comprehensive art web sites. Excellent links to information about all periods in art, images, research resources, museums and galleries, and artist information. Developed and maintained by Sweet Briar College Art History Professor Chris Witcombe.
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The core of this site is a collection of more than 2,200 scans of works of over 200 artists. Juxtapositions is a collection of art exhibit reviews with images links; Theory and Criticism has excerpts of texts written by prominent art historians, hyperlinked to the art being discussed as well as links to major art resources.
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A comprehensive guide to art on the Internet. This site is searchable by artist's name, artworks by title, medium, subject matter and art museums by name/place.

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Over 3,100 terms are defined with links to illustrations and related Web sites.
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Excellent resource of current art news. Click on the Visual Arts. Links to articles in art journals as well as newspapers. International in scope. Includes access to information on dance, media, music, publishing, and theater. There is also an archive that goes back one year.
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Contains links to information on artist's projects, architecture resources, events, image collections, new media, vendor information, art and architecture programs, art journals online and electronic exhibitions. The content is diverse and includes pointer to resources around the net as well as original materials submitted by librarians, artists, and art historians, etc. This site is intended to be selective, rather than comprehensive.

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Photos, drawings, diagrams, etc.
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Over 25,000 North American artists -painters, sculptors, and illustrators -are listed in this searchable resource. Included are digital images of the artists' work as well as auction data, brief biographies, book references, and periodical citations.
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The Beazley Archive is a research unit of the University of Oxford Classical Art Research Centre. This website provides access to photographs, notes, drawings and books relating to ancient Greek and Roman art. The photographs of Athenian vases are the largest archive of this class in the world.
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Founded by Bill Gates is 1989, Corbis is the world's preeminent visual provider-licensing images seen by millions of people daily in advertising, books, newspapers, magazines, on TV and in films. Includes the world reknown Bettman Archive of 20th century imagery.

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Flickr is an excellent resource for all types of images. Flickr consistently has higher quality images than Google Images and is especially rich in modern art and architecture. In addition, Flickr provides excellent details of the work, browsing features, and is generally less cumbersome than Google.

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"Google's Image Search is the most comprehensive on the Web, with more than 250 million images."
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This site includes architecture from around the world and across history. It can be searched or browsed by buildings, architects, architectural types, places.
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This site offers prime examples of Islamic paintings, sculptures, manuscripts, ceramics, arms/armor, jewelry and more.  In addition, the site offers an historical overview of each era of Islamic art from the Early Islamic Period to Contemporary Islamic Art.

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Includes information on use of its guides, reference aids and finding aids. Some collections include digital images.
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The NYPL Digital Gallery will provide free and open online access to more than 400,000 digital images on black culture and experience, history and literature, New York city and state, performing arts, prints and photographs as well as science and technology.

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Oxford Art Online is a gateway that offers users the ability to access and search the vast content of Grove Art Online and Oxford art reference in one location. Users can choose to view biographies, subject entries, or images when searching or browsing. This functionality allows access to the more than 23,000 subject entries, 21,000 biographies, 500,000 bibliographic citations, 40,000 image links and 5,000 images contained within Grove Art Online.
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Oxford Art Online is a gateway that offers users the ability to access and search the vast content of Grove Art Online and Oxford art reference in one location. Users can choose to view biographies, subject entries, or images when searching or browsing. This functionality allows access to the more than 23,000 subject entries, 21,000 biographies, 500,000 bibliographic citations, 40,000 image links and 5,000 images contained within Grove Art Online.
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The Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery (UK) has digitized its extensive collection of paintings, prints, and drawings created by major and minor members of the 19th century British art movement the pre-Raphaelites.  Each high quality image includes basic data and most records feature links to related works and interpretative information, making this resource a valuable tool for gaining an overview of this movement or conducting in-depth research.

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Smarthistory.org is a free multi-media web-book designed as a dynamic enhancement (or even substitute) for the traditional art history textbook. Dr. Beth Harris and Dr. Steven Zucker began smARThistory in 2005 by creating a blog featuring free audio guides in the form of podcasts for use in The Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Soon after, we embedded the audio files in our online survey courses. The response from our students was so positive that we decided to create a multi-media survey of art history web-book. We created audios and videos about works of art found in standard art history survey texts, organized the files stylistically and chronologically, and added text and still images.
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This collection comprises the largest source in the world of primary source documentation on the visual arts in America. Contained in the over five thousand collections, are letters, diaries, sketches and sketchbooks, exhibition catalogs, scrapbooks, business records, art periodicals, and other types of documents. The collections, combined with approximately three thousand interviews done for the AAA's oral history program and nearly one thousand photographs in the AAA's photographs of Artists Collections, provides excellent source material. A large portion of the collections are the personal papers of artists-painters, sculptors, printmakers, craftsmen, photographers and architects.
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There are two primary search options -biographies of 20th century and contemporary visual artists from an alphabetical list or artist?s name from a list organized by art movement, style or medium. Although the biographical data is brief, each contains a picture of the artist and each has links to additional sites and resources.
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Great collection of photographic images from the 20th century. The collection can be searched by subject, event or photographer.
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The ULAN Browser is a database of names and associated information (such as dates, variant names, pseudonyms, and language variants) about artists. "Artists" can include individuals or groups of individuals working together and range from painters to ceramicists, and architects to draftsmen. Part of the Getty Vocabulary Program.
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All the surviving letters written and received by Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) are contained in this edition of his correspondence.

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The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City has compiled a comprehensive and growing index of American art Web resources over the past decade.  The list focuses on sites related to American art before 1945.

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This site is a great searchable directory of art sites with more than 3000 categories. Some of the major categories include: Museums, Antiques, Arts Resources, Commercial Arts and Galleries, Artist Index, Festivals, and Performance Art.