Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Top Ten Arts Research Tools

The resources listed below are a good starting point for research in the arts.

Art Abstracts
Provides abstracting and indexing for 313 leading international visual art serial publications, including periodicals, yearbooks, and museum bulletins. Offers broad coverage of art topics, including advertising, archaeology, crafts, folk art, graphic arts, interior design, video, film, architecture, and art history. 1929 to the present.

ArtBibliographies Modern
Covers all aspects of modern and contemporary art, including performance art and installation works, video art, computer and electronic art, body art, graffiti, artists' books, theater arts, crafts, jewelry, illustration, and more, as well as the traditional fine arts of painting, printmaking, sculpture, and drawing. Abstracts of journal articles, books, essays, exhibition catalogs, dissertations, and exhibition reviews.

ARTstor is a continually expanding image database covering architecture, painting, photography, sculpture, decorative arts and design, as well as archeological and anthropological objects. ARTstor's software tools allow the 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 both online and offline presentations. ARTstor draws from such collections as The Museum of Modern Art Architecture and Design, The Mellon International Dunhuang Archive, The Huntington Archive of Asian Art, The Carnegie Arts of the United States, The Illustrated Bartsch and The Image Gallery.

Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals
The most comprehensive index to architecture maintained by the staff of the Avery Architectural Library at Columbia University. Late 1800's to the present.

Biography Resource Center
Biographical information on more than 165,000 people from throughout history, around the world, and across all subject areas.

Design & Applied Arts Index
References from more than 500 design and craft journals published 1973 to the present, and data on over 50,000 designers, craftspeople, studios, workshops, and firms. All areas of design and craft are covered, including industrial design, vehicle design, architecture, interior design, environmental design, computer aided design, furniture design, ceramics, glass, jewelry, metalsmithing, silversmithing, goldsmithing, fashion design, textile design, embroidery, graphic design, typography, multimedia design, illustration, book design, photography, advertising, marketing, retail design, packaging, exhibition design, theatre design, design and craft history, design and craft theory, ergonomics, design for disability, design for the elderly, design and craft education and design management.

Dictionary of Art
Provides extensive worldwide coverage of art, art styles, subjects, and media in addition to biographies of both Western and Non-Western artists, patrons, critics, and collections. Includes over 41,000 signed articles that provide bibliographic data and are usually illustrated.

Quick Multi-Database Search @ OhioLINK searches selected multiple databases simultaneously.

ProQuest dissertations & theses
Includes citations for dissertations ranging from 1861 to those accepted last semester; those published from 1980 forward include 350-word abstracts. Citations for master's theses from 1988 forward include 150-word abstracts. Titles represent authors from North America and Europe, with over a million titles in full text.

Research Library
Indexes more than 2,500 general interest and academic periodicals in all fields, and provides full text access to many of them. Indexing begins about 1970.

Scopus is an abstract and citation database of research literature and quality web sources in the social and natural sciences. It includes over 15,000 peer-reviewed titles from more than 4,000 international publishers, including coverage of: 500 open access journals, 700 conference proceedings, 600 trade publications, and 125 book series. Scopus also covers 200 million quality web sources, including 12.7 million patents.



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