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Art Library Guide: Best Databases


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Welcome! This guide lists some of the best resources for getting started with art research. Search these databases to find articles related to your topic. In some databases, you will need to click on the Full Text link to find the article. If no Full Text link is available, click on the Find It button to open the article in another database.

Tips for Searching for Information about Art

When searching for information about a specific artist and work of art, you may also want to search for information about the:

  • subject
  • geographic area
  • medium
  • art style
  • period
  • materials used

Consider searching for information that will help you understand the work intelligently and place it in a meaningful context. Search terms like the following will be helpful in finding information:

  • still life
  • portraiture
  • Baroque
  • Impressionism
  • watercolor
  • musical instruments in art

Best Databases for Finding Resources about Art


Ann Medaille
Ann Medaille