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Art Dictionary

Oxford Art Online

Online reference for all aspects of the visual arts. Includes images.

Key Databases

Other recommended databases

  • Project Muse
    Multidisciplinary database which includes information on cultural theory.
  • Wiley Online Library
    Indexes to art & humanities journals like: The Art Book, Art History, International Journal of Art and Design Education, Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, and Museum International.
  • Taylor & Francis Online
    Includes areas of arts, philosophy, cultural studies, sociology and politics.
  • Arts and Humanities Citation Index (ISI)
    Access to the world's leading arts and humanities journals with some links to fulltext of the articles.

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.

What is LibrarySearch?


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What's a library database?


Database Search Strategy Tips


  • Put some thought into choosing your search terms and consider synonyms or alternative terms.
  • Use AND, OR, and NOT to combine or exclude search terms.
  • Check the subject terms listed within your results for additional words to search.
  • Check the database thesaurus, where available, for other search terms.
  • For some topics, you may want to repeat your search in additional databases.
  • Most databases have a help link in the upper right-hand corner. 
  • The help screens will usually explain how to enter in keywords for the best search results.
  • Take advantage of additional database features such as citation formatting and limiting to academic journals.

Database search construction

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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. 


What is a scholarly source?

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