This guide is a selected list of reference tools covering the visual arts, art history, aesthetics, photography, applied arts, and museum studies. Some of these reference tools will also be useful for research in architectural history, performing arts and stage and theater design. This guide includes both print and electronic resources.
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Article Databases and Indexes
Academic or Scholarly Articles Subject Indexes
Art Full Text, produced by The HW Wilson Company, is a bibliographic database that indexes and abstracts articles from periodicals published throughout the world. Full-text coverage for selected periodicals is also included. 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. Indexing coverage begins 1984; abstracting coverage begins with January 1994. The abstracts range from 50 to 300 words and describe the content and scope of the source articles. Full-text coverage begins in 1997. See Art Index (below) for coverage before 1984.
Art Index Retrospective covers 55 years (from 1929-1984)of art journalism and research from leading English-language sources, plus others published in French, Italian, German, Spanish, and Dutch. Besides periodicals, resources include data from yearbooks and select museum bulletins.
Index and abstracts of articles from periodical articles, books, exhibition catalogs, and index entries for dissertations. Covers all aspects of late 19th and 20th century art, including decorative and applied art, with particular reference to photography and three-dimensional design.
Note: A&HCI is no longer searchable as a separate index.
(1) Start by clicking on this link, which takes you to the Web of Science main page.
(2) In the search box enter one or more key words.
(3) On the next page, under Research Domains, select Arts and Humanities to limit your results.
(4) Hints: Your choice of words can influence the results. For example, "hydraulic fracturing" will favor science-journal articles; "fracking" will retrieve more articles in humanities and social-science journals.
The data available on the Getty Web site as of April 1, 2010, comprises two databases: BHA and IBA. BHA (Bibliography of the History of Art/Bibliographie d'histoire de l'art) covers the years 1990-2007; the Getty Web version includes all records with abstracts in French or English and all subject terms in French and English. IBA (International Bibliography of the History of Art) covers 2008 and part of 2009; the Getty Web version includes all records with abstracts in English and all subject terms in French and English. A third database will be added to the Getty Web site during the coming months: RILA (Répertoire de la litterature de l'art), which covers 1975-1989. At present, the Getty has no plans to add RAA (Répertoire d'art et d'archéologie), which covers 1973-1989.
DAAI is an international index to design and craft journals. It contains annotated references from more than 450 design and craft journals, and data on nearly 50,000 designers, craftspeople, studios, workshops, firms etc. All areas of design and craft are covered, including industrial design, interior design, environmental design, computer aided design, furniture design, ceramics, glass, fashion design, textile design, graphic design, typography, multimedia design, book design, photography, advertising, theatre design, ergonomics, and design management.
Humanities & Social Sciences Retrospective searches the most important journals in these subject areas. Covers 1907-1984.
(Coming Soon) The International Bibliography of Art (IBA) is the definitive resource for scholarly literature on western art and successor to the Bibliography of the History of Art (BHA). Includes detailed abstracts for all new content, in-depth abstracts for scholarly articles, and authority files of controlled terms. Ideal for academic and specialist art libraries, museums, and design firms. Focus on European art from late antiquity to the present, American art from the colonial era to the present, and global art since 1945 Visual arts in all media are covered: painting, sculpture, drawing, video, installations, new media, decorative and applied arts, museum studies and conservation, archaeology, folk art and material culture, classical studies, antiques, architectural history.
Iter is a bibliography of over 230,000 articles and reviews drawn from over 475 medieval and renaissance journal titles.
Find full text articles in academic journals or books on the arts, humanities, social sciences, and sciences. JSTOR provides articles from the date of each journal's initial publication to recent issues. In some cases the latest several years may not be available.
This database provides indexing and abstracts for more than 260 international periodicals, plus full text for more than 100 of the indexed journals. The database currently includes half a million records, the majority from the most recent ten years of each journal. IIPA covers a broad spectrum of the arts and entertainment industry - including dance, drama, theater, stagecraft, musical theater, circus performance, opera, pantomime, puppetry, magic, performance art, film, television and more.
General Indexes to Magazine, Journal & Newspaper Articles
A significant resource compiled by William Frederick Poole. A core resource for researching nineteenth-century topics.
Global Newsstream enables users to search the most recent global news content, as well as archives which stretch back into the 1980s featuring content from newspapers, newswires, and news sites in active full-text format. Provides access to news from the United States, Canada, Europe, Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Australia.
Lists information for over a quarter-million serial records such as newspapers, popular and trade magazines, and academic and scholarly journals. Includes active, ceased, and forthcoming publications. Search by title, subject and more.
Representing the largest fully searchable collection of historical newspapers from around the globe, the World Newspaper Archive was created in partnership between Readex, a division of NewsBank, and the Center for Research Libraries to advance research opportunities across a wide range of academic disciplines. This collection of historical newspapers published in Africa, Latin America, South Asia, and other regions provides excellent coverage of the people, cultures, issues and events that have shaped world history. Additional collections covering other regions will be added over time.
The databases currently include the following types of records: Archival Inventories Archival inventories are legal documents from private and public archives that list objects from a household. The inventories in this database list works of art from private collections in the Netherlands, Italy, Spain, and France from 1550 to 1840. The Inventory Descriptions section of this database contains 5,200 documents. From these documents, more than 270,000 individual records have been entered in the Inventory Contents section. Photocopies of most of these documents can be found in the Collectors Files. Sales Catalogs Typically published by auction houses and dealers, sales catalogs list works of art for public auction. This database includes catalogs from major cities in Belgium, France, Germany, Great Britain, the Netherlands, and Scandinavia from 1650 to 1945. The Sale Descriptions section of this database contains more than 16,000 catalogs. From these catalogs, more than 1.25 million records have been entered into the Sale Contents section. This database also contains private contract sales through which collectors were able to acquire artworks during an extended period of exhibition. Photocopies of most of these documents can be found in the Sales Catalogs Files. Included in these 16,000 catalogs is bibliographic information for more than 3,000 German sales that took place from 1930 to 1945. More than 250,000 individual auction sales records for paintings, sculptures, and drawings have been extracted from these catalogs, and each record is linked to the full PDF of its corresponding catalog residing at the website of the Heidelberg University Library. Dealer Stock Books Maintained by galleries and art dealers, stock books record information about a work of art such as the date of acquisition, name and address of the seller, dimensions of the artwork, name of the purchaser, date of sale, and the selling price. This database contains more than 43,700 records transcribed from the 15 stock books of Goupil & Cie/Boussod, Valadon & Cie in Paris (1846–1919) as well as over 40,300 records transcribed from the 11 painting stock books and enhanced with information from the 21 paintings and watercolors sales books of M. Knoedler & Co. in New York (1872–1970). Learn more about the Knoedler Gallery Archive, which was recently acquired by the Getty Research Institute. Payments to Artists This database contains approximately 1,000 recorded payments to artists made in Rome between 1576 and 1711. Public Collections This database contains descriptions and provenances of paintings created by artists born before 1900 held by public institutions in Great Britain and the United States. This database includes over 95,000 records from 1500 to 1990. Datasets on GitHub Selected datasets from the Getty Provenance Index® are available via GitHub for open and convenient access to researchers as part of the Getty Provenance Index Remodel project. The Knoedler Stock Books datasets (released November 2016 and updated September 2017) and Sales Catalogs datasets (released December 2017) are .csv files, which provide more granular access to the data than the format that can currently be downloaded using the Provenance Index databases. These datasets will eventually be superseded by the forthcoming Linked Open Data release and so are not updated or maintained regularly.
Catalogs and Bibliographies
Bibliography created by the Art Librarian on the sub-topic of Art Curation
Find books, journals, articles, maps, music scores, sound recordings, films, theses/dissertations, machine-readable data files, and any other materials available in libraries worldwide. This covers all subject areas. Request items through Interlibrary Loan using the ILLiad link on each item's record. WorldCat is produced by OCLC (Online Computer Library Center, Inc.)
General Reference Sources
Atlases & Maps
The database Allgemeines Künstlerlexikon Online / Artists of the World Online is the world's most contemporary, reliable and extensive authoritative resource with up-to-date biographical information on more than 1 million artists. Incorporates the print publications: Thieme-Becker/Vollmer Gesamtregister, the Nürnberger Künstlerlexikon and the Lexikon der Künstlerinnen. Artists from A as in ANDERS A to Z as in ZZÜRCHER, from antiquity to the present and from every country in the world, the database covers the visual arts in the broadest sense, with biographies of painter, graphic artists, sculptors, architects, designer, photographers, video and installation artists, artisans and many other kinds of artists.
Compilation of weblinks to biographical information on designers, architects, craftspeople, painters and sculptors.
The Timeline of Art History is a chronological, geographical, and thematic exploration of the history of art from around the world, as illustrated especially by the Metropolitan Museum of Art's collection. The Museum's curatorial, conservation, and education staff, perhaps the largest single core of art experts anywhere in the world, research and write the Timeline, which is an invaluable reference and research tool for students, educators, scholars, and anyone interested in the study of art history and related subjects. First launched in 2000, the Timeline now extends from prehistory to 1600 A.D., and will continue to expand in scope and depth. The Timeline will span art history up to the present day by the fall of 2004.
The Concise Dictionary of Art Terms is an accessible and useful A-Z, covering a wide range of terms from the visual art world, including materials, techniques, and important styles and periods. From abstract art to woodcuts, and the Baroque Revival to ziggurats, this highly readable dictionary is the ideal reference source for students of Art and all related subjects, for gallery visitors, and for all people interested in the visual arts.
This database is designed to give researchers a beginning point to learning the background of major art historians of western art history. Includes an index of art historians mentioned in major art historiographies.
Provides rich detail on all aspects of the Renaissance in 14th to 17th century Europe. Includes comprehensive coverage of the art, literature, science, culture, philosophy, religion, economics, history, and conflict of the period. The text explores the influence that this intense intellectual and cultural revival continues to have on modern thought and society. Nearly half the entries are biographical, covering artists, thinkers, statesman, and reformers. A table of European ruling houses and a table showing the dates when cities and countries changed from the Julian to the Gregorian calendar are also included.
As a public service, AskART provides directory listings and links to approximately 1300 museums from around the world, dealers, auction houses, and an extensive list of artists in their collections. Subscribers to AskART receive auction data. The University does not currently subscribe to AskArt.
Good resource for addresses of museums, galleries, art schools, etc.
"Celebrating the present and anticipating the future of contemporary art, Younger than Jesus: Artist Directory introduces over 500 of the best artists under 33 years of age from around the world Assembled by a worldwide team of curators, writers, teachers, critics and artists during the research phase of the New Museum's new triennial exhibition, 'Younger than Jesus'. Captures an imminent generational change in art, exploring how artists from the same age group can develop similar interests and express similar concerns across geographies and nationalities An indispensable handbook for curators, collectors, dealers and critics, Younger than Jesus: Artist Directory also serves as an unparalleled visual guide for anyone interested in the latest artistic innovations."--BOOK JACKET.
Concise as well as scholarly articles on a wide range of subjects. Also includes links to related Internet resources, and the Britannica Book of the Year. Search tip: When combining words in search, capitalize AND. For example: revolution AND 1848
"The most comprehensive online reference resource for all aspects of the visual arts worldwide from prehistory to the present day."
The Grove Encyclopedia of American Art (GEAA) deals with all subject areas in American fine art including: biographies of major artists, architects and patrons, architecture, painting, new media, photography, sculpture, installation art, performance art, new media art, art education, and more.
The Grove Encyclopedia of Classical Art and Architecture is the most current and comprehensive reference resource for the visual arts of the Classical period. It features an abundance of in-depth articles on this field of enduring importance"”from biographies to thematic entries on architecture, ceramics, metalwork, mosaics, painting and sculpture. The resource provides fascinating and authoritative art historical and cultural information about art forms, artists, rulers, philosophers, architecture, renowned works of art, archaeological sites and stylistic developments. Notable important subjects include the Apollo Belvedere, Carthage, the Euphronios krater, the Laokoon, Troy, the Venus de Milo and much more. Encompassing over four thousand years of artistry and innovation, this resource spans every art form, medium and civilization from Cycladic, Minoan, Helladic, and Etruscan art to the fall of the Roman Empire. Drawing upon the unparalleled scholarship in The Dictionary of Art (1996), and adding dozens of newly commissioned entries on recent archaeological discoveries, fully updated bibliography and over 600 illustrations, this publication sets a new standard in Classical studies.
The Grove Encyclopedia of Islamic Art and Architecture is the most comprehensive reference work in this complex and diverse area of art history. Built on the acclaimed scholarship of the Grove Dictionary of Art, this work offers over 1,600 up-to-date entries on Islamic art and architecture ranging from the Middle East to Central and South Asia, Africa, and Europe and spans over a thousand years of history. Recent changes in Islamic art in areas such as Afghanistan, Iran and Iraq are elucidated here by distinguished scholars. Entries provide in-depth art historical and cultural information about dynasties, art forms, artists, architecture, rulers, monuments, archaeological sites and stylistic developments. In addition, over 500 illustrations of sculpture, mosaic, painting, ceramics, architecture, metalwork and calligraphy illuminate the rich artistic tradition of the Islamic world. With the fundamental understanding that Islamic art is not limited to a particular region, or to a defined period of time, the Grove Encyclopedia of Islamic Art and Architecture offers pathways into Islamic culture through its art.
The Encyclopedia offers scholarly material on Medieval art in more than 2,030 intelligent, well-written, and informative articles, each of which is followed by a bibliography to support further research. These include a mixture of shorter, more factual articles and larger, multi-section articles tracing the development of the arts in major regions. There are articles on all subject areas in Medieval art including biographies of major artists, architects and patrons; countries, cities, and sites; cultures and styles (Anglo-Saxon art, Carolingian art, Coptic art, Early Christian art, Romanesque, Gothic, Insular art, Lombard art, Merovingian art, Ottonian art, and Viking art); ivories, books and illuminated manuscripts, metalwork, architecture, painting, tapestries, sculpture, mosaics, reliquaries, and more.
General Reference Works
Critical reviews of books, exhibitions, and projects in all areas and periods of art history and visual studies. Published by the College Art Association.
Books on similar subjects are grouped together in the library. Call numbers are used to locate books on the shelf and identify them by subject.
N Visual arts
N61-72 Theory. Philosophy. Aesthetics of the visual arts
N81-390 Study and teaching. Research
N400-3990 Art museums, galleries, etc.
N5198-5299 Private collections and collectors
N7420-7525.8 General works
N7560-8266 Special subjects of art
N8350-8356 Art as a profession. Artists
N8510-8553 Art studios, materials, etc.
N8554-8585 Examination and conservation of works of art
N8600-8675 Economics of art
N8700-9165 Art and the state. Public art
NA100-130 Architecture and the state
NA1995 Architecture as a profession
NA2000-2320 Study and teaching. Research
NA2400-2460 Museums. Exhibitions
NA2500-2599 General works
NA-2599.5-2599.9 Architectural criticism
NA2695-2793 Architectural drawing and design
NA2835-4050 Details and decoration
NA4100-8480 Special classes of buildings
NA4100-4145 Classed by material
NA4150-4160 Classed by form
NA4170-8480 Classed by use
NA4170-(7020) Public buildings
NA4590-5621 Religious architecture
NA7100-7884 Domestic architecture. Houses. Dwellings
NA7910-8125 Clubhouses, guild houses, etc.
NA8200-8260 Farm architecture
NA8300-8480 Outbuildings, gates, fences, etc.
NA9000-9428 Aesthetics of cities. City planning and beautifying
NB60-1115 History Including collective biography
NB1120-1133 Study and teaching
NB1135-1150 General works
NB1160-1195 Designs and technique
NB1199-1200 Restoration of sculptures
NB1203-1270 Special materials
NB1272-1291 Mobiles, color, sculpture gardens, etc.
NB1293-1895 Special forms
NB1293-1310 Portrait sculpture
NB1312-1313 Equestrian statues
NB1330-1685 Sculptural monuments
NB1750-1793 Religious monuments and shrines
NB1800-1880 Sepulchral monuments
NB1910-1952 Special subjects
NC Drawing. Design. Illustration
NC1-45 General Including collective biography
NC50-266 History of drawing
NC390-670 Study and teaching
NC703-725 General works
NC760-825 Special subjects
NC845-915 Graphic art materials
NC930 Conservation and restoration of drawings
NC997-1003 Commercial art. Advertising art
NC1280-1284 Printed ephemera. Imagerie populaire
NC1300-1766 Pictorial humor, caricature, etc.
NC1860-1896 Greeting cards, postcards, invitations, book jackets, etc.
NC1920-1940 Copying, enlarging, and reduction of drawings
ND1115-1120 Study and teaching
ND1130-1156 General works
ND1288-1460 Special subjects
ND1290-1293 Human figure
ND1340-1367 Landscape painting
ND1370-1375 Marine painting
ND1380-1383 Animals. Birds
ND1385-1388 Sports. Hunting, fishing, etc.
ND1390-1393 Still life
ND1400-1403 Flowers. Fruit. Trees
ND1410-1460 Other subjects
ND1470-1625 Technique and materials
ND1630-1662 Examination and conservation of paintings
ND1700-2495 Watercolor painting
ND2550-2733 Mural painting
ND2889-3416 Illuminating of manuscripts and books
NE Print media
NE1-978 Printmaking and engraving
NE-218-(330) Engraved portraits. Self portraits
NE380 Conservation and restoration of prints
NE390-395 Collected works
NE400-773 History of printmaking
NE830-898 General works
NE951-962 Special subjects
NE965-965.3 Tradesmen's cards
NE970-973 Study and teaching
NE1000-1352 Wood engraving
NE1220-1233 General works
NE1310-1326.5 Japanese prints
NE1330-1336 Linoleum block prints
NE1340 Fish prints
NE1344-1345 Potato prints
NE1350-1352 Other materials used in relief printing
NE1400-1879 Metal engraving
NE1620-1630 General works
NE1750-1775 Copper engraving
NE1850-1879 Color prints
NE1940-2232.5 Etching and aquatint
NE2120-2140 General works
NE2141-2149 Special subjects
NE2220-2225 Dry point
NE2242-2246 Monotype (Printmaking)
NE2690 Engraving on glass
NE2800-2880 Printing of engravings
NE3000-3002 Copying art. Copying machine art
NK Decorative arts
NK1135-1149.5 Arts and crafts movement
NK1160-1590 Decoration and ornament. Design
NK1505-1535 General works
NK1548-1590 Special subjects for design
NK1648-1678 Religious art
NK1700-2195 Interior decoration. House decoration
NK1700-2138 General. History, etc.Including special rooms
NK2140-2180 Decorative painting
NK2190-2192 Church decoration
NK2775-2898 Rugs and carpets
NK3175-3296.3 Upholstery. Drapery
NK-3600-(9990) Other arts and art industries
NK5500-6060 Glyptic arts
NX Arts in general
NX280-410 Study and teaching. Research
NX440-632 History of the arts
NX650-694 Special subjects, characters, persons, religious arts, etc.
NX700-750 Patronage of the arts
NX760-770 Administration of the arts
NX775-777 Voluntarism in the arts
NX798-820 Arts centers and facilities
Handbooks and Manuals
Offers access to books and journals covering subjects from all disciplines across science, technology, medicine, humanities and social sciences.
ebrary is an ebook platform that hosts a wide variety of titles. To use features such as note taking and highlights, create a Bookshelf account. A few advanced features, including text-to-speech, require you to download the Ebrary reader to view content. Books can be read online, or downloaded for 1-2 weeks. Mobile app is available.
Reference titles from various publishers in many subjects, including art, biography, business, cultural studies, education, the environment, history, religion, science, and social science.
The Hathi Trust is a reliable and increasingly comprehensive digital archive of library materials converted from print that is co-owned and managed by a number of academic institutions.
Public domain works:
Anyone can view and download one page at a time. Users with a current University of Minnesota login can download the full work.
Copyright protected works:
Works protected by copyright will have limited access, except for users with print-reading disabilities who apply for special access to digitized works.
Additional information on accessing HathiTrust
Gateways & Megasites
The Digital Library for the Decorative Arts and Material Culture collects and creates electronic resources for study and research of the decorative arts, with a particular focus on Early America. Included are electronic texts and facsimiles, image databases, and Web resources. Made possible by the Chipstone Foundation, the project is produced at the University of Wisconsin Madison General Library System.
This website will connect to the art research tools available online at the Getty Research Institute, including the Union List of Artists Names (ULAN), the Art and Architecture Thesaurus (AAT), the Photo Study Collection, and the Getty's own extensive library collection.
Library Web Sites
The Art and Architecture Collection contains published works on fine art, decorative arts, architecture and design history in general. The scope of the Collection is international, covering the arts from prehistory through the contemporary period. The holdings are remarkably rich for scholarship as a result of the original bequests from the Astor and Lenox collections, and other generous gifts. The Collection is particularly strong in the decorative arts; included among its early holdings is an antiquarian-based collection of portfolio and plate-books; the history of painting and drawing; and in Western European and American architectural history.
Open Access Resources
The Fine Arts Collection is one of the nation's oldest and largest public art collections. It consists of mural and easel paintings, sculptures, architectural and environmental artworks, as well as prints and other works on paper dating from the 1850s to the present. These civic artworks are displayed in federal buildings and courthouses nationwide. In addition, more than 23,000 easel paintings, prints, and small-scale sculptures created during the New Deal are on long-term loan to museums and other non-profit institutions across the United States. Maintained by GSA as a part of America's national and cultural heritage, the Fine Arts Collection also serves as a reminder of the important tradition of individual creative expression.
This Web site offers pdf files of each letter of the Library of Congress call number classification scheme, A to Z.
The Art Story is an educational 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 2009 to demystify Modern Art and further art appreciation. The time period 1850-1980 is covered. Topic pages are designed to convince a complete skeptic of the importance of the particular artist, movement or idea it covers. Each idea is presented clearly, succinctly, and without reliance on specialized art terms or "advanced" concepts, making Modern Art both accessible and digestible for all.
ARTstor is a cross-disciplinary image database. It offers collections of approximately 300,000 art images and descriptive information covering art, architecture and archeology. ARTstor's accompanying software tools will support a wide range of pedagogical and research uses including: viewing and analyzing images through features such as zooming and panning, saving groups of images online for personal or shared uses, and creating and delivering presentations both online and offline. How to use ARTstor: http://artstor.libguides.com/students
OCLC's Catalog of Art Museum Images Online offers art images that are rights-cleared for educational use. CAMIO is a growing online collection documenting works of art from around the world, representing the collections of prominent museums. CAMIO highlights the creative output of cultures around the world, from prehistoric to contemporary times, and covering the complete range of expressive forms. Includes about 95,000 art images"”photographs, paintings, sculpture, decorative and utilitarian objects, prints, drawings and watercolors, jewelry and costumes, textiles and architecture"”plus audio, video and mixed media. CAMIO is licensed for use by students, faculty, and researchers at subscribing institutions. Works of art may be used for educational and research purposes during the term of the subscription, if they are properly credited. Images may not be published or otherwise distributed.
Images from Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts makes thousands of digital images from the Pierpont Morgan Library's collections and enhances the use of The Index of Christian Art, the world's largest archive of medieval art and the most comprehensive database for Christian iconography.
"The Digital Content Library (DCL) consists of around 300,000 items from teaching and research collections across the University of Minnesota. Support is provided for just about any digital file format including images, videos, audio, 3-D objects, Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and PDFs."
The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) brings together the riches of America's libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world. Individuals can access a trove of tens of thousands of images across these institutions through DPLA's search interface (by selecting the "images" filter on results after performing a keyword search). Alternatively, consider using the OpenPics app. (http://dp.la/apps/6) to find images from the DPLA (and other repositories).
Google Arts & Culture features content from over 1000 leading museums and archives who have partnered with the Google Cultural Institute to bring the world's treasures online.
A curated bibliography of quality image collections listed by subject. These resources include local collections, licensed content, and select open online collections of images.
The British Library's Image database on Flickr Commons. All images are public domain. These images were taken from the pages of 17th, 18th and 19th century books digitised by Microsoft who then generously gifted the scanned images to BPL, allowing them to release them back into the Public Domain. The images themselves cover a startling mix of subjects: There are maps, geological diagrams, beautiful illustrations, comical satire, illuminated and decorative letters, colourful illustrations, landscapes, wall-paintings and so much more.
Videos and Films
Created by P.B.S., this Web site is patterned after a nationally broadcast series on contemporary art, artists, and ideas. Among other things, this site has an online lesson library, teacher materials and discussions. Full episodes are available in the PBS video portal.
The Moving Image Archive within the Internet Archive provides access to nearly a quarter million films, uploaded by Archive users, and ranging from classic full-length films, to daily alternative news broadcasts, to cartoons and concerts. Videos in the Archive are organized into 15 broad sub-categories: Animation and Cartoons, Arts & Music, Computers & Technology, Cultural & Academic Films, Ephemeral Films, Home Movies, Movies, News & Public Affairs, Open Source Movies, Spirituality & Religion, Sports Videos, Video Games, Vlogs, and Youth Media. The Archive also contains the Prelinger Archive, the most complete and varied collection of ephemeral films (advertising, educational, industrial, and amateur) in existence.
Periodical and Newspaper subscriptions
Electronic Journal Collections
Index to full-text collection of journals in literary theory, classics, history and cultural studies, philosophy, film, theater and performing arts, political science, and mathematics. From Johns Hopkins University Press. The full text of a limited number of individual monographs is also available for titles that the Libraries have purchased. Users can limit their search results to include only the full text content that the University of Minnesota has access to.
A collection of journals that have been digitised and available free to access on the Internet with a focus on digitised art, architecture, design and craft journals that have originally been published in print format. Click on the title to search.
Electronic Journal Titles
Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide is the world's first scholarly, refereed e-journal devoted to the study of nineteenth-century painting, sculpture, graphic arts, photography, architecture, and decorative arts across the globe. The chronological scope of the journal is the "long" nineteenth century, stretching from the American and French Revolutions, at one end, to the outbreak of World War I, at the other.
Full-text news for over 9,000 sources including U.S. and international news sources, major wire services, and hundreds of local broadcasting outlets and blogs. Provides unique coverage of local news outlets, including over 100 Minnesota sources. Paid advertisements are excluded. Collections can be searched by specific title, region, state, country, or continent. Mostly English language news coverage with some 200 titles in Spanish, French, Afrikaans and other languages.
Primary Source Materials
The Ad*Access Project, funded by the Duke Endowment "Library 2000" Fund, presents images and database information for over 7,000 advertisements printed in U.S. and Canadian newspapers and magazines between 1911 and 1955. Ad*Access concentrates on five main subject areas: Radio, Television, Transportation, Beauty and Hygiene, and World War II, providing a coherent view of a number of major campaigns and companies through images preserved in one particular advertising collection available at Duke University. The advertisements are from the J. Walter Thompson Company Competitive Advertisements Collection of the John W. Hartman Center for Sales, Advertising, and Marketing History in Duke University's Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library.
ArchiveGrid provides detailed information about archival, museum, library, and other special collections of historical documents, personal papers, family histories, and other archival materials, primarily in the United States. ArchiveGrid is not a full-text archive, but it provides sophisticated search functions for locating archives and contacting these institutions.
Guide on how to use Archives & Special Collections at the University of Minnesota Libraries. Including general information about how to conduct research using primary materials.
NYPL Digital Collections provides access to over 600,000 images digitized from primary sources and printed rarities in the collections of The New York Public Library.
Search some 3,400 finding aids to collections of archival material at the University of Minnesota Archives and Special Collections. A finding aid is a guide and inventory list to a collection of archival materials, personal papers, or manuscripts. For more information about this resource, please see the Finding Aid FAQ or contact the Libraries.
Societies, Agencies, and Organizations
Official Agency & Organization Websites
Trade & Professional Associations
"Founded in 1906, the American Association of Museums (AAM) is dedicated to promoting excellence within the museum community. Through advocacy, professional education, information exchange, accreditation, and guidance on current professional standards of performance, AAM assists museum staff, boards, and volunteers across the country to better serve the public."
Style Manuals and Writing Guides
Citation managers are software packages used to create personalized databases of citation information and notes. They allow you to: import and organize citation information from article indexes and other sources save links to pdfs and other documents, and in some cases save the document itself format citations for your papers and bibliographies using APA and many other styles include your own notes
The standard work and most comprehensive of the style manuals. All chapters are written for the electronic age, with advice on how to prepare and edit manuscripts online, handle copyright and permissions issues raised by new technologies, use the latest methods of preparing mathematical copy, and cite electronic and online sources. The Libraries have access to 16th and 17th editions.
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This tumblr highlights selections from the Gorman Rare Art Book Collection. This collection is located in the James Ford Bell Library, Wilson Library, 4th floor.