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Art History: Pre-History Through the Middle Ages: 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 coverage back to 1984
  • Use the print version of Art Index located in compact storage for coverage from 1929 to 1983
  • Provides mostly citations with a limited amount of full text articles.  Does have 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



  • Full-text of several hundred international scholarly journals, many of them going back to the 19th Century
  • Does not include “current” issues of journals; all have an embargo of several years before articles can be added to the archives
  • Journals come from a number of disciplines, including over 800 titles from art, art history, architecture and architectural history
  • In “Advanced Search”, can limit by item type, date range, language, and discipline
  • Be sure to use “ ” when searching phrases


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All Databases

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