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Subject Librarian:

Deborah Ultan

This subject covers: the history of art, particularly in China, India, Japan and Korea. Wilson General Reference and the general circulating collection in Wilson Library cover art of China, Japan and Korea. For art of India, most print resources will be located in Ames Library of South Asia.



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.

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. There is full-text coverage for selected periodicals. 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.

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.

Bibliography of Asian Studies (BAS) contains nearly 900,000 records on all subjects (especially in the humanities and the social sciences) pertaining to East, Southeast, and South Asia published worldwide from 1971 to the present.

The most important 100+ periodicals in Asian Studies or on Asia as identified by the BAS staff are indexed as soon as they are published for immediate inclusion in BAS. The total number of indexed journals is many times that amount. Selected Asia-related citations from many other journals are also included when applicable. In addition, various special projects have contributed numbers of additional records to the database (among them journals on Southeast Asia dating as far back as 1779).

BAS also includes citations to Western-language chapters in edited volumes, conference proceedings, anthologies, Festschriften, and more.

General Indexes to Magazine, Journal & Newspaper Articles

The world's largest academic multi-disciplinary database. Includes full text access to over 4,000 scholarly (peer-reviewed) publications back to 1975. A great place to start your research on any topic. Find search tips on their help page.

Catalogs and Bibliographies


T. L. Yuan Bibliography of Western Writings on Chinese Art & Architecture

Classified arrangement listing articles and books in English and other western languages.


Search with the Library Catalog to find books, journals, etc. owned by the library. Search by keyword, subject, title, or author for materials on your topic.

General Reference Sources

Biographical Sources

Coverage includes many media. Includes charts of schools, lengthy bibliography and index.

Who's Who Among Japanese Artists

Each brief entry includes black and white illustration of the respective artist's work.

Who's Who in Modern Japanese Prints

Generously illustrated guide with a few paragraphs about each artist.



This clearly written source has lengthy English language entries covering artists, media, motifs, dynasties, schools and concepts. No illustrations.

"The most comprehensive online reference resource for all aspects of the visual arts worldwide from prehistory to the present day."

Online arts dictionary from Dept of Fine Arts, Okanagan University College in British Columbia.


Index of Early Chinese Painters and Painting

subtitle: T'ang, Sung and Yuan. This is basically a list of paintings arranged by dynasty. It includes all known paintings by each artist, plus a separate section for paintings by unknown artists.


Excellent in-depth encyclopedia; highly recommended. Index in volume 34. Also available online.

Other encyclopedias you can try

for background information supporting Art & Art History, Asian, go to the TOP of this page, click on SEARCH AGAIN and select "East Asian Studies" or "South Asian Studies". These two areas will list encyclopedias that cover the geographic area and its history.

Handbooks and Manuals

This basic text by Laurence Sickman is a standard.

Good overview text; as in all Penguin surveys, check the footnotes by chapter at the back of the book for useful references.

Excellent basic survey text by Robert Paine and Alexander Soper.

"How to find it, how to use it." Includes detailed specific applications. Full table of contents listed in MNCAT.

Essential survey text by Sherman Lee.

Internet Resources

Gateways & Megasites

This site provides information on symposia, conferences, grants and other items of interest to graduate students of Chinese and Japanese art history. Does include a list of links to other Websites related to Asian art.

Web site compiled for use with survey text Gardner's Art Through the Ages

Includes links for museums, galleries, film studies, music and dance.

Art History Resources on the Web, part 10; a lengthy list arranged by country.

Search Engines

This Yahoo-like browser for Asian Studies topics includes Arts&Culture, Business&Economics, Policy&Government, and Society&History for major categories, plus a list of narrower topics.

Web Sites

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.

Multimedia Materials

Image Resources

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:

Collect, preserve and make information on contemporary Asian art easily accessible in order to facilitate understanding, research and writing in the field

Primary Source Materials


ART HISTORY RESOURCES ON THE WEB part 11, NonEuropean Art, by Chris Witcombe, Professor of Art History at Sweet Briar College, Virginia

Societies, Agencies, and Organizations

Official Agency & Organization Websites

The John C. and Susan L. Huntington Archive of Buddhist and Related Art A Photographic Research and Teaching Archive. Visual Resources Library, History of Art Department, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH --Click on General Information for address, phone, hours, plus information on the MIA Library. ---Click on ART to find information on the Asian collection at MIA. Explore the culture, history, and religion of Asia in Japanese paintings, Buddhist sculptures, and Chinese bronzes, ceramics, and jades, including the largest carved jade mountain in the West.

Style Manuals and Writing Guides

Bibliography Software

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

Writing Guides

University of Minnesota

Related U of M Web Sites

This site is intended to inform students, staff, and faculty about current arts events in the Twin Cities, and research-related topics of vital interest within the disciplines of art history, fine arts, the performing arts, architecture and landscape architecture. This blog will serve as a resource guide and venue for sharing information concerning the arts-related disciplines. Check often for announcements about new arts resources, tips for using online tools and resources, highlights of exhibitions at the University Libraries, and what resources we can offer to make attending local arts events more informed experiences! Let us know what you think. We welcome all comments and suggestions for blog topics.

The East Asian Library contains books and periodicals in Chinese, Japanese and Korean languages. -- In addition to library information, this site includes links to selected journals and Internet Resources.

Library Information

Wilson Library

309 19th Ave. S.
West Bank, Minneapolis Campus
Service Desk: 612-624-3321

Ames Library of South Asia

S-10 Wilson Library
West Bank, Minneapolis Campus

East Asian Library

S-75 Wilson Library
West Bank, Minneapolis Campus