The Margaret R. and Robert M. Freeman Library subscribes to several important art research databases and periodical indexes as well as the major bibliographical utilities. These resources are available on any public computer terminal in the Freeman Library (seek the help of a staff member to log on).
Click here to search Pandora, the Freeman Library's catalog.
The premier source of information on modern and contemporary arts dating from the late 19th century to present, ARTbibliographiesModern (ABM) provides full abstracts of journal articles, books, essays, exhibition catalogs, PhD dissertations, and exhibition reviews on all forms of modern and contemporary art. It includes abstracts of English and foreign-language material on famous and lesser-known artists, movements, and trends. The coverage of ABM is wide-ranging and includes performance art and installation works, photography, video art, computer and electronic art, body art, graffiti, artists' books, theater arts, conservation, crafts, ceramic and glass art, ethnic arts, graphic and museum design, fashion, and calligraphy, as well as traditional media, including illustration, painting, printmaking, sculpture, and drawing. ABM includes more than 313,300 records, with more than 13,000 new entries being added each year and entries dating back as far as the late 1960s.
Artfact is the world's largest auction catalog archives of prices estimated and paid for antique, art, and collectible objects sold by the world's premier auction houses, more than 500 in all. Search the database of over six million unabridged auction results using the powerful search engine. Search results include auction house, date of sale, object description, and available photos.
Art Index and Art Index Retrospective
An invaluable, in-depth record of contemporary art history, Art Index (1984-present) and Art Index Retrospective, (1929-1984) together allow users to search almost 80 years of art journalism at a keystroke. Updated daily, users can research leading English-language sources, plus others published in French, Italian, German, Spanish, and Dutch. Besides periodicals, users have access to data from important yearbooks and select museum bulletins.
The Artnet Price Database is the most comprehensive, color-illustrated archive of fine art auction results worldwide. Representing auction results from more than 500 international auction houses since 1985, the Price Database covers more than 2.6 million artworks by more than 180,000 artists, ranging from Old Masters to Contemporary Art. With the Price Database, you can determine the price of art you may want to buy or sell, value artworks you currently own, research discreetly and independently, track market changes in artists’ works, view unknown or rarely seen works by important artists, or compare the relative values of different categories within an artist’s career.
ARTstor is a digital library of approximately 550,000 images in the areas of art, architecture, the humanities, and social sciences with a set of tools to view, present, and manage images for research and pedagogical purposes. In ARTstor you can browse content by collection, classification, or geography; search content by keyword or advanced search terms (e.g., date and geographic origin); sort search results by date, creator, or title; view images and image data; zoom in on and pan images for greater detail; print and save images and related data to other hardware (e.g., CD, memory stick, hard drive); and create groups of images for later retrieval and presentation. Links to related ARTstor images are also found through Grove Art Online and JSTOR.
AskART is an online database containing over 185,000 artists. From its inception the focus was on American artists from the early 16th century through the present. However, in January of 2007, the database expanded to include international artists' auction records. The website offers extensive biographical information about American artists as well as book and periodical references, along with international artists' auction records and images. More than 6,000 museums and dealers are also referenced.
Benezit Dictionary of Artists
With entries on more than190,000 artists, the Benezit is one of the most comprehensive and definitive resources on artists. Now available through the Oxford Art Online gateway, unique features include the dictionary's coverage of obscure artists and the inclusion of images of artists' signatures, monograms, and stamps. Valued for both its wide coverage of lesser-known artists and its deep coverage of artists occupying the core pantheon of art, the Benezit is an essential resource for scholars, librarians, museum curators, art dealers, and collectors.
Bibliography of Asian Studies
The online version of the Bibliography of Asian Studies (BAS) contains 787,192 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 online BAS contains the full data of all of the printed volumes of the BAS issued from the 1971 up to the 1991 volumes (published in 1997), as well as hundreds of thousands of entries compiled since then. Through the 1991 printed volume, the BAS included citations to Western-language periodical articles, monographs, chapters in edited volumes, conference proceedings, anthologies, and Festschriften, etc. Monographs published since 1992, however, have not been added to the database, and users seeking such monographs are urged to consult other general resources and databases such as OCLC.
Bibliography of the History of Art
BHA is the most comprehensive art bibliography available worldwide, covering European and American visual arts from late antiquity to the present. Its citations include the fine arts (painting, sculpture, drawing, prints, and architecture) as well as the decorative and applied arts (crafts, graphic arts, and folk art). It includes and extends the coverage of its two predecessor art indexes: Répertoire d’Art et d’Archéologie (RAA) from 1973 to 1989 and International Repertory of the Literature of Art (RILA) from 1975 to 1989. The database contains more than 665,000 records, with about 8,000 records added annually, drawn from 1,400 journals, as well as books, conference proceedings, essays, exhibition catalogues, selected art dealers’ catalogues, doctoral dissertations, and microform publications. Records include detailed abstracts in English or French.
Chicago Manual of Style Online
The Chicago Manual of Style Online offers recommendations on editorial style and publishing practices in the digital age. The online edition includes the searchable text of the new 16th and 15th editions with features such as tools for editors, a citation guide summary, and searchable access to Q&A.
The DYABOLA database project is a navigable and source-oriented text and image registration system that allows users to structure, administer, search, and browse through almost 20 different ancient art and literature resources. The DYABOLA project includes access to research databases (such as Attic Grave Reliefs of the Late 5th and of the 4th centuries BC and the Census of Antique Art and Architecture Known to the Renaissance), subject catalogues on literature (such as the Subject Catalogue of the DAI in Rome), library management and meta-catalogues, as well as thesauri (such as the Philological Thesaurus of the Terms of Antique Painting of the RUB).
FirstSearch is an online service that gives library professionals and end users access to a rich collection of reference databases. With FirstSearch, materials in our library’s collection are highlighted in results from searches in dozens of leading databases. FirstSearch offers seamless electronic access to dozens of databases and more than 10 million full-text and full-image articles. Underlying FirstSearch is the WorldCat database, the most comprehensive and up-to-date bibliographic resource available. Users will find relevant records quickly and the location of resources — in our collection or at other libraries — with the click of a button.
Grove Art Online
An award-winning resource on every aspect of the visual arts from pre-history to the present day, Grove Art Online provides web access to the entire text of The Dictionary of Art, ed. Jane Turner (1996, 34 vols.) and The Oxford Companion to Western Art, ed. Hugh Brigstocke (2001). Grove Art offers 45,000 articles with ongoing additions of new and updated articles, more than 130,000 art images, and line drawings displayed in the text of articles, extensive image links, and sophisticated search and navigation tools. Grove Art also offers direct links to related images in ARTstor.
JSTOR is a not-for-profit organization with a dual mission to create and maintain a trusted archive of important scholarly journals, and to provide access to these journals as widely as possible. JSTOR offers researchers the ability to retrieve high-resolution, scanned images of journal issues and pages as they were originally designed, printed, and illustrated. The journals archived in JSTOR span many disciplines. The Arts & Sciences Collections represent the building blocks of an interdisciplinary archive of more than 600 journals in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Each of the four core Arts & Sciences Collections introduces new academic disciplines into the archive. The Arts & Sciences Complement enables institutions to build upon these core collections, adding new journals in existing disciplines and cross-disciplinary fields over time. JSTOR also offers direct links to related images in ARTstor and a new auction catalog digitization project.
Online Journal Content
The Freeman Library also pays for access to full-text online content for the following list of periodicals. Please note that patrons can only view this content on-site, using the public computer terminals.
Journal of Aesthetic Education
Journal of the History of Collections
Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes
Museum Management and Curatorship
Oxford Journal of Archaeology
South Asian Studies