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Art History: Basic Sources: Databases


Academic Search Complete

  • A multi-disciplinary index to more than 8,000 journals, about half of which are full-text
  • Information in this database dates back to 1975
  • Can limit search to scholarly (peer reviewed) journals
  • Search results listed by relevance; can change to order by date, soure or author
  • Can use an * (asterisk) to truncate a search term

Art Index

  • Indexes both English-language and foreign-language journals and magazines
  • Contains over 400 leading art publications with selective coverage back to 1979
  • Use the print version of Art Index located in compact storage for coverage from 1929 to 1984
  • Provides mostly citations with a limited amount of full text articles.  Does have the Webridge link for quickly checking to see if issues are available in another database or in print format in Dacus Library
  • Can limit to peer reviewed (scholarly) journals in the search options and/or by language (by using the "select a field" drop-down option in one of the search boxes)
  • Automatically truncates search terms and phrases.  To search for an exact term or phrase, use “ ” around the term or phrase
  • Search results are sorted by relevance, but can be changed to sort by date, source or author
  • Can print, email, or download results


  • Digital library of over 1,000,000 images in all areas of art and architecture
  • Images can be printed or saved to a file

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All Databases

Click on the links below for additional databases available for your use.