Art Resources

This guide presents a select list of print and Internet resources for research in the field of art.

Indexes and Databases for journal and specialized literature:

Art Full Text
      indexes journal articles in all fields of art; online coverage is available 1983/84 - to date
      Art Index       (compact) N 1 .A65x         Hldgs: v.1 (1929/1932)-v.43 (1994/1995)

Artbibliographies modern
      (compact) N 1 .A81x         Hldgs: v.1 (1971)-v.38/1 (2007)

Avery Index to Architecture Periodicals
      indexes architecture and interior design journals; indexing covers the 1930's - to date

Bibliography of the History of Art
      indexes and abstracts art-related books, conference proceedings and dissertations, exhibition and
      dealer's catalogs; indexing covers the mid 1970's - to date (title varies)

Dissertations & Theses
      indexes doctoral dissertations and many master's theses from universities throughout the United States, and
      many non-US institutions, 1851 - to date
      UWM Theses and Dissertations
      a list of theses and dissertations done at UWM, by department, and held by UWM Libraries

Humanities Full Text
      indexes journal articles in archaeology, art, folklore, the performing arts, and other humanities; online
      coverage is available for 1983/84 - to date
      Humanities Index       (REF annex) AI 3 .R4912x         Hldgs: 1907/1915-v.21 (1994/1995) (title varies)

Index to nineteenth century American art periodicals
      (REF) N 1 .A649x 1999

      an index covering over 29,000 scholarly journals, predominately science, but covers almost all
      academic fields

      a database offering full text with basic keyword searching for journals in the social sciences, humanities,
      and sciences, many as far back as 1800; does not include the latest 5 years

Web of Science
      search for citations to specific, known, articles
      Arts and Humanities Citation Index
      (compact) NX 1 .A7x         Hldgs: 1976-1999

Anthropological Literature
      indexes journals in anthropology, including cultural items, archaeology, etc.; covers journal articles
      from the late 19th Century - to date

ACLS Humanities E-Books
      full text of books in the broad humanities field
      all titles are listed in Panthercat, or search here


General reference guides:

  • American art directory
  • (REF) N 50 .A54
  • Art galleries of the world
  • (REF) N 410 .L36x 2002
  • Art History Resources: (Artists, Art Movements, Biographies, Artwork)
    biographical information and images from museums of over 22,000 artists
  • Art History Resources on the Web
    wide variety of geographically arranged sites
  • Art information and the internet: how to find it, how to use it
  • N 59 .J66 1999
  • Artchive
    a commercial source giving an alphabetical list of 200 artists with examples of their works
  • Artcyclopedia
    a guide to "museum" art available on the internet; includes some biographical information
  • Artist Index
    brief biographical information on a variety of artists, from WebMuseum (Paris, 2002)
  • ARTLex Art Dictionary
    covers art production, criticism, history, aesthetics, and education
  • Art Glossary
    a basic dictionary of art related terms
  • Dictionary of art
  • (REF) N 31 .D5 1996
  • Encyclopedia of sculpture
  • (REF) NB 198 .E53 2004
  • Encyclopedia of world art
  • N 31 .E533
  • Everyman's dictionary of pictorial art
  • N 31 .G3
  • Facts on File encyclopedia of art
  • (REF) N 31 .F33 2005
  • Fine arts: a bibliographic guide to basic reference works, histories, and handbooks
  • N 5300 .E37x 1990
  • Glossary of Painting Styles
    brief descriptive terms, from WebMuseum (Paris, 2002)
  • Grove encyclopedia of classical art and architecture
  • (REF) N 5610 .G76 2007
  • Harcourt's Quick Guide to Researching Art History Using the Internet
    tips for searching using online resources, from Thomson/Wadsworth publishers (undated)
  • International directory of arts
  • (REF) N 50 .I6 (2008)
  • National Endowment for the Arts
    a guide to NEA funding opportunities, publications, etc.
  • Oxford dictionary of art
  • (REF) N 33 .O93 2004
  • Reinhold color atlas
  • ND 1285 .K6 1962
  • Schirmer encyclopedia of art
  • (REF) N 31 .L3 2002
  • Who's who in American art
  • (REF) N 6536 .W5
    Resources A-Z: Marquis Who's Who
  • Who's who in art
  • (REF) N 40 .W6
  • UWM Libraries: Art and Architecture Resources
  • Resources by Subject/Major

    Comprehensive sites covering a broad spectrum of art subjects and resources:

  • AskART, the Artists BluebookTM
  • a comprehensive source about American artists
  • History of Art Virtual Library
  • collection of links relating to art history and computer applications in art history (2008)
  • Mother of all Art and Art History Links
  • a comphrehensive list from the University of Michigan, School of Art and Design
  • Voice of the Shuttle: Art History
  • links to a wide variety of art history resources
  • World Wide Arts Resources
  • one of the most extensive gateways to WWW sources in fine arts, art history, exhibtions, etc.


  • Art History Resources on the Web
  • This extensive collection of links is maintained by Dr. Christopher Witcombe.
  • Arts Resources, Searchable Databases
  • Search this site, from the Institute for the Management of Creative Enterprises, for visual arts sites: arts resources, art sites, public art, and art news.
  • ArtServe
  • Search 1000's of art-historical images of art and architecture mainly from the Mediterranean Basin, Japan, India & Cambodia. Some fees/registration may be required.
  • Education at the Getty
  • "From the Getty Center for Education in the Arts, this site is designed specifically for K-12 arts educators and general classroom teachers who incorporate the arts into their curriculum."
  • InformeDesign
  • InformeDesign is a research and communication tool for designers, predominately architecturally related. Registration is required.
  • Interior Design
  • This good list of links is offered from UW-Madison Steenbock Memorial Library.
  • Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators: Art and Architecture
  • This is a standard for K-12 art education, "useful for enhancing curriculum and teacher professional growth."

    Collections and Images:

  • ArtStor: Images for Education and Scholarship
    Resources A-Z
  • This major collection of images is available to UWM faculty, staff, and students. Browse, download, and use the images for research and teaching.
  • Art and Culture Online
  • Allows access to online free art image resources.
  • Can Stock Photo
  • A source for many moderately priced images.
  • Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
  • Through this site, search for images from the Museums' collections.
  • Foto Search Stock Photos
  • A commercial firm offering over 2 million images, including clipart, photographs, video clips, and other image formats.
  • Frick Collection
  • This offers a searchable databse of over 120 artworks from the Frick Collection and Frick Art Reference Collection; the home page is available at
  • Imagesite
  • Imagesite is a commercial web site dedicated to the fine, commercial, and structural arts.
  • MoMA (Museum of Modern Art)
  • MoMA offers general information and a search option to view items from the collection.
  • National Gallery of Art
  • National Gallery of Art's collection has resources illustrating painting, sculpture, decorative arts, etc., from the Middle Ages to the present. More than 5,600 objects are available online: search by artist, title, or a combination of criteria.
  • NYPL Digital Gallery
  • This provides access to over 400,000 images from the New York Public Library, including, manuscripts, historical maps, posters, rare prints, and other art works.
  • Smithsonian American Art Museum
  • A major resource with images and other resources listed.
  • Smithsonian Archives of American Art
  • Look for information on the Archives and from it's collections.
  • Tate Gallery
  • The website links to thousands of online images from the collection, and includes a glossary of terms.
  • UW Digital Collections: Arts Collection
  • This collection "brings together primary and secondary materials relating to the creative arts as broadly defined: visual, literary, musical, and performing."
  • UW Digital Collections: Decorative Arts and Material Culture
  • This is a searchable image collection with virtual exhibits of items of "material culture" including furniture, ceramics, etc.
  • UWM Digital Collections
  • This is directory of collections digitized by the UWM Libraries.
  • Virtual Library museums pages
  • This directory links to online sites for international museums, including art museums.
  • Web Gallery of Art
  • This virtual museum is a searchable database of European painting and sculpture of the Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque periods (1100-1850), currently containing over 14.500 reproductions.

    What is wanted?
    Check for sources in subject specific for images and other information:

      For illustrations in books for any subject field, search PantherCat. Do an Advanced Search, search for specific subjects, and add "ill?" [for illustrations] or "pictorial works" as an added search term. Use "views" for illustrations of geographic areas.

    Evaluating websites?
    Evaluating websites is important to find the value of all the material available through via the Internet. Many resources with evaluation criteria and hints can be found; selected sources include:


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