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Art History: About research & databases


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Art Dictionary

Key Databases

Other recommended databases

Video databases via the Library

Art & architecture in video
[via Alexander Street Press]

An online streaming film collection, delivers  hours of documentaries and interviews illustrating the theory and practice of a variety of art forms and providing the context necessary for critical analysis. 


VISUAL ART videos from the Kanopy video streaming service. Available via your desktop or mobile device 24/7.

Link to EduTV database

 EduTV is an online TV streaming database. It includes, among many others, hundreds of documentaries from free-to-air and pay TV for Visual Arts & Design, Society & Culture, Performing Arts and Media Studies.

AAA Asian Art Archives

 Asian Art Archives

Collection of over 50,000 records, accessible free of charge from the AAA’s space and via the Collection Online. 

Student work



by Andrew Davidoff_Denkyu Forest, 2010_Ceramics

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Database Search Strategy Tips


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