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A-Z list of subscribed resources

17th-18th Century Burney Collection Newspapers  (Gale Cengage Learning, via JISC)
The largest single collection of seventeenth and eighteenth century English news media available from the British Library

19th Century UK Periodicals  (Gale Cengage Learning, via JISC)
Fully searchable nineteenth century periodical literature of exceptional range and diversity

A&AePortal  (Yale)
A rich resource of E-books and images originating from important art and architecture scholarship from leading university and museum publishers including out of print publications

ACLS Humanities E-Book (HEB) (Fulcrum)
A digital collection of over 5,400 seminal books in the humanities and related social sciences

AM Research Skills Foundations (formerly Research Methods Primary Sources)
Introduces students to the key approaches and methodologies of working with source material. Nearly 200 hundred essays, videos, “How to” guides and case studies.

Art & Architecture Source  (EBSCOhost)
With strong international coverage this offers the largest full-text art research database of journals, magazines and books as well as detailed indexing and abstracts and thousands of images.

Art and Architecture Archive (ProQuest)
A comprehensive primary source collection of periodicals from 1860 onwards, broad in scope and enabling detailed full text research

Art, Design and Architecture Collection (ProQuest)
Provides content from specialist indexes including ArtBibliographies Modern (ABM), The Design and Applied Arts Index (DAAI) and The International Bibliography of Art (IBA) as well as access to over 500 titles in Art & Humanities Full Text.

Art History Research Net (AHR net) (Formerly known as Arts:Search) – Incorporates four linked databases:
ReVIEW – full text arts and architecture journals
Arts + Architecture ProFILES – biographical data
Design Abstracts Retrospective – abstracts of twentieth century journals about design and applied arts
Research Sources: 1. British and Irish Architecture and Decorative and Applied Arts 1850s – 1930s
Research Sources: THE POSTER – a broad range of material related to this subject

Art Sales Catalogues Online (Brill)
Access to scanned historical art sales catalogues from 1600 to 1925, based on Frits Lugt’s Répertoire des Catalogues de Ventes Publiques intéressant

Artforum Archive
The backfile of Artforum (later Artforum International), encompasses everything from its launch in 1962 to 2020

Askews and Holts VLeBooks
Offers access to an extensive number of eBooks, both new and backlist content
(This service replaced DawsonEra e-books on 1st August 2020)

Berg Fashion Library (Bloomsbury)
Comprises more than 13,000 color images, over 100 academic eBooks, an invaluable museum directory, a unique exhibition archive plus reference works

Bloomsbury Video Library (Formerly Artfilms Digital)
Bringing together award-winning, international film and videos across a wide range of interdisciplinary subjects in the Arts and Humanities

Bridgeman Education (Bridgeman Art Library)
Provides access to an extensive collection of images from locations worldwide and enables complete usability for educational purposes. Available on campus only

British Library Newspapers (Gale Cengage Learning, via JISC)
An extensive selection of newspapers from the British Library collection, both regional and local, providing cultural, social and political insight into nineteenth century Britain

British Periodicals (ProQuest, via JISC)
This resource enables access to a huge number of facsimile page images and searchable full text of nearly 500 periodicals of wide ranging subject matter from the late seventeenth century to the early twentieth century

C19: The Nineteenth Century Index (ProQuest)
Contains over 24 million bibliographic records for a full range of nineteenth century source material including books, periodicals, official publications, newspapers and archives

Cahiers d’Art Institute (formerly Artifex Press Catalogues)
Publishes digital catalogues raisonnés of a growing selection of twentieth century artists

Cambridge Companions  (Cambridge University Press)
A series of authoritative guides written by experts as an introduction to important writers, artists, philosophers, topics and periods

Chicago Manual of Style
An essential guide, now in it’s seventeenth edition, with examples of every possible reference style

Country Life Archive (ProQuest)
A comprehensive archive (1897 to 2005) of the weekly British culture and lifestyle magazine focusing on fine art and architecture, the great country houses, and rural living.

Courtauld Institute of Art Research Portal
A key resource sharing the research output of the Institute’s academic staff from 1975 onwards

Critical Collective
Dedicated to editing and preserving writing on the visual arts in India, also expanded to include video and photography

Diversity and Ethnic Studies e-books (Ebsco)
This groundbreaking collection includes thousands of high-quality e-books assessed by EBSCO Collection Development Librarians on the topic of diversity, equity, and inclusion
**This resource is available on a trial basis until 07 June 2024**

Ebook Central  (ProQuest)
Holds a vast collection of authoritative ebooks in a range of subjects from the world’s top publishers together with a range of user tools and functions to enhance research

Ebook Collection (Ebsco)
Offers access to an extensive collection of new and backlist content

EEBO – Early English Books Online (JISC eCollections)
A vital resource for early modern materials incorporating over 125,000 titles published in Britain and British North America, and works in English printed elsewhere, between 1473 and 1700

Early European Books Online (ProQuest, via JISC)
Provides hugely detailed facsimile images of thousands of rare books dating from 1450 – 1700

Electronic Arts Intermix
A special subscription-access layer of the Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI) Online Catalogue featuring full-length streaming videos for a number of artists.  Electronic Arts Intermix is a nonprofit arts organization that is a leading international resource for video and media art.

Ethnic Diversity Source (Ebsco)
This full-text database is a dedicated resource covering the culture, traditions, social treatment and lived experiences of different ethnic groups in America. It provides full text from a growing list of sources including peer-reviewed journals, magazines, newspapers, e-books, biographies and primary source documents.
**This resource is available on a trial basis until 07 June 2024**

Frick Art Reference Library Periodicals Index (Ebsco)
Covering Western European and American fine arts and some decorative arts, this platform indexes prominent international art history periodicals from the mid-1850s through the 1960s.
**This resource is available on a trial basis until 31 May 2024**

Gale Primary Sources
Links access to three databases allowing for broadened subject research across a wide range of primary source material:
British Library Newspapers
Nineteenth Century UK Periodicals
Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century Burney Newspapers Collection

Harper’s Bazaar Archive
From the first US edition of 1867 this resource reproduces in it’s entirety the archive as well as current publications of the world’s oldest continuously published fashion magazine. It also includes good coverage of the UK edition.

Humanities Source Ultimate (EBSCOhost)
Wide ranging subject matter manifested in a diversity of publications and documents from arts reviews and obituaries to original works of fiction and bibliographies.

Index of Medieval Art
An extensive scholarly database building on the print index begun in 1917 by Princeton scholars, featuring works from multiple medieval faith traditions as well as secular imagery comprising images and descriptive data related to the iconography of works of art produced between early apostolic times and the sixteenth century

Interaction of Color
An entirely new and interactive way to experience one of the most influential books on colour. In addition to signing in with your Courtauld credentials, the first time you use the platform you need to create a personal account.

International Encyclopedia of Surrealism
Presents the first comprehensive and systematic overview of one of the most influentual and enduring 20th century art movements, from its beginnings to the present day.  It features a 3-volume reference work, interactive timeline and rare archive images, portraits and artworks.

ITER – Gateway to the Middle Ages and Renaissance
ITER was formed to enhance learning in the study of the Renaissance and Middle Ages through online resources. It offers access to a number of databases including:
The Iter Bibliography
Paul Oskar Kristeller’s Iter Italicum: the most comprehensive finding list available of previously uncatalogued or incompletely catalogued Renaissance humanistic manuscripts
The International Directory of Scholars
The Renaissance and Reformation Journal

JISC Historical Texts (JISC eCollections)
A full text digital archive enabling the cross-searching of content from the following databases covering thousands of texts published in the late fifteenth century to the long nineteenth century:
EEBO (Early English Books Online) – see listing above
ECCO (Eighteenth Century Collections Online) – more than 180,000 titles published in Great Britain and its colonies during the eighteenth century
BL 19th Century (British Library 19th Century Collection) – over 25 million pages of previously rare and inaccessible titles

JISC Journal Archives  (JISC eCollections)
A single platform providing access to journal archives from eight different publishers: Brill, Institution of Civil Engineers, Institute of Physics, ProQuest, Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, the Royal Society of Chemistry and Taylor and Francis as well as the complete run of the feminist magazine Spare Rib.

Explore the world’s knowledge, cultures, and ideas: journals, ebooks, primary sources

An unique video streaming service offering, as they describe, ‘thoughtful’ and acclaimed content including documentaries, independent and other films as well as educational videos

LGBTQ+ Source (Ebsco)
The definitive database for LGBTQ+ studies. It provides scholarly and popular LGBTQ+ publications in full text, plus historically important primary sources, including monographs, magazines, newspapers and videos. It also includes a specialized LGBTQ+ thesaurus containing thousands of terms.
**This resource is available on a trial basis until 07 June 2024**

Open Dissertations (EBSCO)
More than 1.4 million electronic theses and dissertations from more than 320 universities around the world, from 1902 to the present

Oxford Art Online
Unified access to Oxford’s leading art reference sources comprising:
Grove Art Online: The foremost scholarly art encyclopedia
Benezit Dictionary of Artists: Offering unique information about the sale and collection of artists’ work
The Oxford Companion to Western Art : In-depth coverage of Western Art encompassing critical appreciation and factual information on over 1700 artists from classical times to the twentieth century
The Encyclopedia of Aesthetics : A comprehensive survey of major concepts, thinkers and debates about the meaning, uses and value of all the arts
The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms : Covers a wide range of terms from the visual art world, including materials, techniques and important styles and periods

Oxford American National Biography
Over 19,000 biographies of significant, influential or notorious figures from American history written by prominent scholars

Oxford Bibliography on Buddhism
Authoritative research guide, updated annually with the latest research

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
Access to 60,000 authoritative life stories of figures who have shaped British history, worldwide, from Roman times to the twenty first century

Oxford English Dictionary Online
Regularly updated, the definitive guide to both the present-day meanings, and the history of, 600,000 words

Oxford Reference Online
Brings together over 100 titles from Oxford University Press’s award-winning Encyclopedias and Companions

Oxford Who’s Who & Who Was Who
Over 34,000 autobiographical entries of noteworthy and influential people who impact British life

Periodicals Archive Online (ProQuest, via JISC)
An extensive archive offering full-text coverage of hundreds of international periodicals in the humanities and social sciences encompassing two centuries of content

ProQuest Resources
A useful way of searching across all our subscribed ProQuest resources from one place

Vogue Archive (ProQuest, via JISC)
Makes accessible the complete backfile of Vogue magazine (US edition), from the first issue in 1892 to the current month and includes specialist indexing of full-page images enabling detailed searching

Vogue Italia Archive (ProQuest, via JISC)
Provides the full run of Vogue Italia, covering over half a century, again with the specialist indexing capability of Vogue Archive

Women’s Magazine Archive (ProQuest)
An archive comprising a range of key women’s interest magazines,  making available critical primary sources through which to interpret multiple aspects of 19th and 20th-century history and culture

Women’s Wear Daily (ProQuest)
The only digitised source of the archive of this influential publication with issues from 1910 onward

Open Access Resources

Multi-format resources

The Art World in Britain 1660 to 1735
Provides researchers with a library of primary and secondary sources relating to the history of painting, collecting and the graphic arts during this period plus research tools in the form of a biographical dictionary, a database of art sales and a topographical dictionary

Asia Art Archive
Dedicated to building and developing a collection of material about recent histories of art in the region

Bibliography of the History of Art (BHA) 1990-2007 and Répertoire international de la literature de l’art (RILA) 1975-1989
Provided by the Getty Research Institute this combined database of the BHA and RILA covers European and American visual arts material including articles from over 1,200 journals

Bibliotheca Palatina Digital
Coordinated by the Heidelberg University Library, offering free access to the digital surrogates of German, Latin, and Greek manuscripts from the famed Bibliotheca Palatina

Black Cultural Archives subject guides
Each subject guide presents an historical overview, related items from the Black Cultural Archive’s collection and a bibliography to support further research

British Art History Resources
The Walpole Society offers a selective guide to freely available online resources for the study of the history of British art and architecture from earliest times to the 20th century

British History Online
Digital library bringing together material from the collections of libraries, archives, museums and academics spanning medieval to twentieth century content

British Library’s Digital Collections
Offering access to books, manuscripts, maps, scores, journals, research datasets, theses and databases

Alexander Calder Foundation Archive
The Calder foundation’s platform featuring thousands of artworks, photographs, archival documents and publications

Centre Pompidou Digital Resources
Digitised archive collections, mainly papers of 20th century artists and designers, from the Kandinsky Library of the Centre Pompidou

Digital Benin
Brings together all objects, historical photographs and rich documentation material from collections worldwide to provide a long-requested overview of the royal artefacts from Benin Kingdom looted in the late nineteenth century

Documents of Latin American and Latino Art
Over 8,000 documents, from the International Center for the Arts of the Americas at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Drawing Matter
Fast growing repository of texts that explore the role of drawing in architectural thought and practice

Enslaved: Peoples of the Historical Slave Trades
The lives of individuals who were enslaved, owned slaves, or participated in the historical trade

Fashion History Timeline
Featuring objects and artworks from over a hundred museums and libraries that span the globe, along with well-researched, accessibly written entries

Free Black Thought
Substack based journal that seeks to represent the rich diversity of black thought beyond the relatively narrow spectrum of views promoted by mainstream outlets as defining “the black perspective.”  Not all content is open access

The online library of the National Library of France and its partners, providing access to several million documents, including images, digitised books, audio visual content and more)

GCI Publications
Includes scientific research, conference proceedings, case studies, project reports, bibliographies and works on aspects of conservation practices.

The Getty Provenance Index Databases
Provides access to archival inventories, sales catalogues, and dealer stock books

Global Social Theory
A free resource for students, teachers, academics, and others interested in social theory and wishing to understand it in global perspective. It emerges from a long-standing concern with the parochiality of standard perspectives on social theory

The Graphikportal is a portal covering the holdings of dozens of printrooms in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the Netherlands (and many more to follow). The database is searchable by artist, subject, medium, date and collection

Institut de Recherche et d’Histoire des Textes (IRHT) (CNRS)
Enables access to more than 72,000 digital reproductions of medieval manuscripts, produced by the IRHT or acquired from foreign libraries

International Foundation for Art Research
Offers bibliographic databases: one of published catalogues raisonnés and one of catalogues in preparation plus information about collecting, provenance and art law and cultural property

Internet Medieval Sourcebook
Focuses on Medieval source documents with some additional resources including maps, secondary sources, bibliographies, images and music

International Dunhuang Programme
Bring the Silk Roads to life. Explore manuscripts, paintings, textiles and artefacts from the Eastern Silk Roads, as well as a range of associated resources curated for you

Italian Renaissance Learning Resources
A collaboration between the National Gallery of Art, Washington and Grove Art Online, this resource explores different themes in Italian Renaissance art including more than 300 images and 42 primary source texts

An organised links directory for the arts & humanities, listing selected open access or otherwise free e-journals

Legacies of British Slave-ownership
From The Centre for the Study of the Legacies of British Slave-ownership has been established at UCL

Lewis Walpole Library
A research centre for eighteenth-century studies and an essential resource for the study of Horace Walpole and Strawberry Hill

Library Stack
A public catalog of born-digital media from artists, designers, critics, theorists and philosophers. Material labelled Common Access is freely available

Living Collections – Walker Art Center
A large online publishing project, in three volumes so far, on modern and contemporary art: On Performativity; Art Expanded, 1958-78; Collaborative Artistic Practices, 1960s-80s

2020 has brought the concepts of loss and capture into stark relief across space and time. Loss/Capture explore the rich and complex cultural experiences, contributions, and challenges of Black life across time and temporality

Mapping Sculpture – Mapping the Practice and Profession of Sculpture in Britain and Ireland 1851-1951
Database created from the first authoritative study of sculptors investigated in the context of creative collaborations, art infrastructures, professional networks and cultural geographies

Medieval Digital Resources
Curated database of peer-reviewed digital materials for the study of the Middle Ages. Browse an alphabetical list or search using controlled-vocabulary subject tags to find online resources of many types

Medieval Electronic Scholarly Alliance
Provides a searchable database of digital resources for medieval studies including texts, manuscript facsimiles, and many others

Secondary Archive
Platform for women artists from Central and Eastern Europe. The period covered by the archive embraces the artistic endeavors of three generations of artists spanning from the 1960s onwards

The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Publications with Full-text Online
Access to books, online publications, and Bulletins and Journals from the last five decades

Open Community Collections
JSTOR’s continuously expanding Open Community Collections feature Open Access primary source materials in a wide variety of subjects contributed by libraries, museums, and archives

The Royal Academy Summer exhibition: a chronicle, 1769-2018
Digital publication that explores the history of the Summer Exhibition including 250 digitised catalogues and essays

Travel, Transculturality and Identity in England, 1550-1700
TIDE is a 5-year European Research Council funded project that aims to investigate how mobility in the great age of travel and discovery shaped English perceptions of human identity based on cultural identification and difference

Umbra Search
Makes African American history more accessible, bringing together hundreds of thousands digitized materials from over 1,000 libraries and archives across the US)

Understanding Slavery Initiative
A national learning project which supports the teaching and learning of transatlantic slavery and its legacies using museum and heritage collections

Vetusta Monumenta
Digital edition of the major Society of Antiquaries 18th century print series. High-quality scans of the original copperplate engravings, with full text and new scholarly commentary


AA Photo Library
Database of photographic images by the Architectural Association School of Architecture

American Center of Oriental Research Archive (ACOR)
A photographic archive of thousands of rare photos of Jordan and the Middle East and North Africa region available online for research and educational use. Based in Amman, Jordan

Art & Architecture
Database of images from The Courtauld Institute of Art Collections

Art UK
Successor to BBC: Your Paintings, Art UK is the online home for every public art collection in the UK

Belgium’s art history in over 750,000 images from the Royal Institute of Cultural Heritage

Barnes Collection Online
Images from the Barnes Foundation Philadelphia

Base Joconde
Images of works in French national collections

Bassano Fashion Photography
Collection of images documenting clothing, fashion and accessories taken at the studios of Bassano Limited in early twentieth century London – Particularly useful for History of Dress students

British Museum Collection Online
Unparalleled access to objects in the collection, including the British Museum’s large collection of prints and drawings

British Printed Images to 1700
Digital library of prints and book illustrations from early modern Britain

Brings together portions of the Bodleian libraries’ collections

The Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Stone Sculpture
Identifies, records, and publishes English sculpture dating from the 7th to the 11th centuries

The Corpus Vitrearum Medii Aevi (CVMA)
A British Academy Research Project, hosted by the Centre for Medieval Studies at the University of York, including a digital picture archive containing more than 28,000 images

Makes millions of digital images of artworks and artifacts from around the world easy to access. Explore digital images from museums’ open access collections; browse curated collections or create your own collections

The Elements of Drawing: John Ruskin’s teaching collection at Oxford
John Ruskin’s teaching collection: images and catalogues, including his notes and instructions

Draws from the most important collections of emblematica worldwide; partners include Glasgow University Library and Utrecht University

Access to over 50 million digitised items comprising cultural material from Europe’s institutions

The Glasgow School of Art’s Archives and Collections
Images from GSA’s wide ranging collections and institutional archive

Google Arts and Culture
Content from over 2000 leading museums and archives who have partnered with the Google Cultural Institute

Gothic Ivories
Launched in October 2008 at the Courtauld Institute of Art : consists of an online database of ivory sculptures made in Western Europe ca. 1200-ca.1530, as well as neo-Gothic pieces

Guggenheim Collection Online
A searchable database of selected artworks from the Guggenheim’s permanent collection, featuring over 1,700 artworks by more than 625 artists

Historic England
Access to photographs, plans and drawings in their public archive, covering the historic environment of England

Incorporated Church Building Society (ICBS) (formerly Church Plans Online)
An online image system containing selected images from the Library’s collections

Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien
Online image collection

LACMA Collections
Images from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the largest art museum in the Western United States

As part of a major revamp in 2020-21 of its online presence, the world’s most-visited museum has created a database of 482,000 items with more than three-quarters already labelled with information and pictures
Luna Commons
The LUNA Commons showcases public collections from a wide variety of sources including the Frick Gallery, the Paul Mellon Photographic Archive, and the Pratt Institute

The Machiel Kiel Photographic Archive
Netherlands Institute in Turkey have made available around 1800 images from this archive comprising Ottoman-Islamic architectural monuments in the Southeast-European countries, Ottoman monuments located in Turkish Thrace and Ottoman architectural monuments in the Balkans

Manar al-Athar
Based at the University of Oxford, this is a free image resource for the study of the Middle East

Mandragore : base iconographique du département des Manuscrits
Over 170,000 records relating to works preserved in the Manuscript Department and the Arsenal Library

Manuscripta Mediaevalia
Manuscript portal that gives access to western manuscripts (or catalogues of those manuscripts) from mostly German libraries

Manuscripts Online
Makes available a diverse body of online primary resources relating to written and early printed culture in Britain during the period 1000 to 1500

The MET Collection
More than 406,000 hi-res images of public-domain works in The Met collection

Musée d’Orsay Works in Focus
Explore images of hundreds of works in the collection, with in depth coverage in several languages

Musées de la Ville de Paris
Explore images from the combined collections of the museums of Paris, excluding the Musée d’Orsay

Museums of India
A digital repository of items owned by state-run Indian museums. Artifacts include sculptures, paintings, manuscripts, weapons, and coins

National Gallery Picture Library
Enables a search of more than 2600 paintings in the collection

Réunion des musées nationaux : agence photographique
Produces the photo inventory of collections kept in the national museums of France with access to over 430,000 images

Visual archive of over 100,000 digital images from the collections of the British Architectural Library: Library of the Royal Institute of British Architects

RKD Images
Over 250,000 images from the Netherlands Institute for Art History

The Rose Window
Begun in 2008, and now has over 40,000 images of stained glass at nearly 500 locations, mostly in England, France, and Italy

Smithsonian Open Access
Access to nearly 3 million 2D and 3D digital items from the Smithsonian collections

Studio Museum in Harlem collection
The permanent collection represents more than 600 artists, spans 200 years of history and includes over 2,500 works of art; the online collection represents the early stages of a long-term project to prompt a new era of exploration and presentation

VADS: the Online Resource for Visual Arts
A portfolio of visual art collections comprising over 140,000 images compiled by the Visual Arts Data Service

Web Gallery of Art
A somewhat dated but very comprehensive virtual museum and searchable database of European fine arts from the 3rd to 19th centuries

Wellcome Collections
Thousands of images on the history of health and human experience

York Minster Stained Glass Navigator
Providing public access to high-resolution photography undertaken by the York Glaziers Trust on behalf of the Chapter of York, of the Minster’s Great East Window and the St Cuthbert’s window










A new project from the University of Michigan and funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, providing original multimedia content developed by scholars from across the field of Islamic art

Resources for exploring British-based artists’ film and video. LUXONLINE was developed from 2004, and although it is not currently being updated it remains a very useful resource; it was since replaced by the LUX Collection. You can now also rent artists’ films on Lux’s ‘on demand’ LUXPLAYER

UbuWeb: Film & Video
Presents thousands of avant-garde films and videos covering a huge number of artists



100 Ideas for Active Learning (Active Learning Network)
A practical handbook to inspire innovative educational experiences. It is for educators and curriculum designers who wish to apply active learning tools and strategies in their own teaching and learning contexts.

Academy of Fine Arts Vienna
Thirteen open access books published by Sternberg Press and the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna

The British Museum Research Publications Online
Some publications such as the Chronology of Temporary Exhibitions at the British Museum are freely accessible online

Courtauld Books Online
A series of online scholarly books published by The Courtauld Institute of Art

The Digital Piranesi
Digitised versions of Piranesi’s Opere (1837-9), a set of twenty-nine elephant-folio volumes. From University of South Carolina

France et Angleterre: manuscrits médiévaux entre 700 et 1200
800 manuscripts from the British Library and the Bibliothèque nationale de France; view manuscripts side by side, and find manuscripts by date, language, place of origin, author or subject

Getty Publications Virtual Library
Over 250 backlist titles from Getty Publications

The Getty Research Portal
An aggregator of digitized art history primary sources

Guggenheim Museum Publications
The Guggenheim Museum offers open access to many of it’s exhibition catalogues and art publications via the Internet Archive

MIT Press Open Architecture and Urban Studies
MIT Press Open Architecture and Urban Studies is a robust digital collection of classic and previously out-of-print architecture and urban studies books, on the digital book platform, MIT Press Direct
A small selection of books from the Museum’s press are fully open access, but most can be previewed – with generous extracts (at least one essay or chapter) often provided


OAPEN Library
Online library and publication platform which works with publishers to build a quality-controlled collection of open access books spanning a broad range of topics

Open Access eBooks on JSTOR
Thousands of publications are available from top scholarly publishers, including Brill, Cornell University Press, De Gruyter, and University of California Press

Punctum Books
(Independent open access publisher, particularly strong on cultural studies

The Royal Academy of Arts Winter Exhibition Catalogues 1870 – 1939
Browse through 250 years of the Royal Academy annual Summer Exhibition catalogues from the very first exhibition in 1769 to the present and the Winter Exhibition catalogues from their inception in 1870 through to 1939

Tate Research Publications Online
Major research projects culminating in online publications encompassing essays and artworks relating to exhibitions held by Tate as part of the project as well as film and video. They provide in-depth research of key areas of interest from the Sublime to Performance

Utah State University Press
Over 40 exhibition catalogues made available by Utah State University Creative Commons

University of California Press E-book Collection 1982-2004
The publishing group at the California digital library have made over 2000 academic titles available electronically of which around a quarter are open access

Walker Art Center Living Collections
A large online publishing project, in three volumes so far, on modern and contemporary art: On Performativity; Art Expanded, 1958-78; Collaborative Artistic Practices, 1960s-80s


Online Journals

1000 Words Photography: Contemporary Photography Magazine Online
Leading online contemporary photography magazine. It commissions and publishes exhibition and photo book reviews, essays and interviews. From 2008 to date

South Africa’s leading contemporary visual arts publication, reporting on the national arts scene and the involvement of South African artists in the international art world

Blue Mountain Project: Historic Avant-Garde Periodicals
Based at Princeton, the Blue Mountain Project is a digital research collection of the full runs of art, music and literary periodicals published internationally between 1848 and 1923; it includes high quality digital images, full-text searching, and descriptive essays

British Art Studies
Provides new peer-reviewed scholarship on all aspects of British art, architecture, and visual culture co-published by the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art and the Yale Center for British Art. Issue 1 (2015) to date

Burlington Contemporary 
An open access, peer-reviewed journal from the Burlington Magazine

CeROArt – Conservation, exposition, Restauration d’Objets d’Art
Webjournal and platform for pluridisciplinary approaches in issues of conservation, exhibition and conservation of works of art. Issue 1 (2007) to date

Colnaghi Studies Journal 
Publishes texts on significant pre-twentieth-century artworks in the European tradition that have recently come to light or about which new research is underway, as well as on the history of their collection. Issue 1 (2017) to date

Contemporary Aesthetics
International, interdisciplinary, peer- and blind-reviewed open-access online journal of contemporary theory, research, and application in aesthetics. Vol. 1 (2003) to date

Crossings: Electronic Journal of Art & Technology
Peer-reviewed multidisciplinary academic journal that aims to explore the areas where technology and art intersect. Vol. 1 (2001) – vol. 6 (2012)

Ctrl+P: Journal of Contemporary Art
Designed to be widely shared, this unique critical art publication, founded in 2006 and produced in Manila, is unrestricted by a publication schedule and each issue is uploaded as soon as enough content is submitted

Digital Medievalist
Journal of the Digital Medievalist Community publishing work of original research and scholarship, theoretical articles on digital topics, notes on technological topics, commentary pieces discussing developments in the field, bibliographic and review articles, tutorials, and project reports

Directory of Open Access Journals
Online directory that indexes and provides access to high quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals

eHumanista : journal of Medieval and early modern Iberian studies
Peer-reviewed with articles on Spanish and Portuguese Medieval and Early Modern Literatures and Cultures

Early Modern Low Countries
State-of-the-art scholarship on the turbulent history and vibrant culture of the region from 1500 to 1830

Etudes photographiques
Published by the Société française de photographie this journal looks at the history of photography and visual culture. No. 1 (1996) – no. 35 (2017)

Érudit open access journals
Around 85 open access titles from Canadian academic publisher Érudit, covering numerous disciplines including arts, visual arts, cinema and women’s studies

Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index
Covers journal articles, book reviews, and essays in books about women, sexuality, and gender during the Middle Ages. A dated-looking website, but new content is still being added and the quality is good

Feminist Africa
Cutting-edge, informative and provocative African scholarship attuned to feminist agendas

The Heroic Age: A Journal of Early Medieval Northwestern Europe
Focuses on literary, historical, folkloric studies and the material culture that underpins the period from the beginning of the fourth century to the beginning of the thirteenth century. Issue 3 (2000) to date

Hortulus : the online graduate journal of Medieval studies

Independent Voices
Collection of alternative press, newspapers, magazines and journals produced by groups who wanted their voices heard outside the mainstream in the latter part of the twentieth century

Journal18 – A journal of eighteenth-century art and culture
The first journal dedicated to the field of eighteenth-century art history, publishing thematic issues of articles investigating all aspects of eighteenth-century visual and material culture. Issue 1 (2016) to date

Journal of Art Historiography
Cross-disciplinary journal dedicated to the self-critical exploration of art history as a methodological practice. Issue 1 (Dec 2009) to date

Journal of Historians of Netherlandish Art
Peer reviewed journal focussing on art (and related disciplines) produced in the Netherlands during the early modern period (c.1400-c.1750), and in other countries and later periods as they relate to Netherlandish art. Vol.1 (2009) to date

kunst texte
Described as a journal on visual and art history, divided into, and published in, sections covering multi-disciplinary approaches and syntheses

Marginalia : journal of the Medieval Reading Group at the University at Cambridge

Materia: journal of technical Art History
An online, open-access platform devoted to the technical study of art objects

Medieval worlds
Austrian Academy of Sciences

The Modernist Journals Project
Digital editions of culturally significant magazines from 1890 to 1922

National Gallery Technical Bulletin
Leading publication based on the study of materials and techniques of painting and the scientific examinations of paintings. Vol.1 1977 to vol.36 2016 available for free download

Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide: a Journal of Nineteenth-Century Visual Culture
Scholarly, refereed journal devoted to the study of nineteenth-century painting, sculpture and graphic arts, photography, architecture, and decorative arts across the globe. Vol.1 (2002) to date

PANORAMA: Journal of the Association of Historians of American Art
Peer-reviewed publication dedicated to American art and visual culture (broadly defined) from the colonial period to the present day. Issue 1. (2015) to date

Reading Medieval Studies
An annual multi-disciplinary, peer-reviewed journal

RIHA Journal
Launched by the International Association of Research Institutes in the History of Art, the journal is edited by 32 member institutes over 21 countries and appears in various languages, encouraging a broad and international approach to publishing art historical research

Southeast of Now
Aims to look and listen closely to the discursive spaces of art in, from, and around the region that is referred to as Southeast Asia, from a historical perspective

Studio Magazine
A leading art publication, from the Studio Museum in Harlem, with a focus on contemporary artists of African descent

Tate Papers
Journal publishing scholarly articles on British and modern international art, and on museum practice today with reference to but equally not limited to Tate’s collection. No. 1 (2004) to date






AATA Online
A free research database containing abstracts of literature related to the preservation and conservation of material cultural heritage. It has been managed and published by the Getty since 1983.

BCIN (Bibliographic Database of the Conservation Information Network)
Find the most relevant books, articles and other bibliographic materials on conservation, preservation and restoration of cultural heritage.

Chicago Manual of Style
An essential guide, now in it’s seventeenth edition, with examples of every possible reference style

Open Bib Art – History of Art Bibliography
A collaboration between the Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art (INHA), the Getty Research Institute (GRI) and the Institut de l’Information Scientifique et Technique of the CNRS (Inist-CNRS), providing access to close to 1.2 million of bibliographic records of periodicals, books, exhibition and auction catalogues, published between 1910 and 2007

A free, easy-to-use tool to help you
collect, organize, annotate, cite, and share research

Institutional repositories and theses

ART-Dok: Digital Repository Art History
The publishing platform for providing access to 6,689 academic publications

DEEP: Dart-Europe E-theses Portal
A partnership of research libraries and library consortia maintaining a central portal for European e-thesis aggregation and access

EBSCO OpenDissertations
This free database now incorporates EBSCO’s previously released American Doctoral Dissertations and provides researchers with access to records for more than 1.2 million electronic theses and dissertations from around the world spanning the early 20th century to the present

EThOS ( Electronic Theses Online Service) 
A British Library initiative which provides access to over 500,000 UK doctoral theses online

Feminist Art Theses
A pioneering resource with international scope making available PhD and MA theses written about feminist art and contemporary women artists

OpenDOAR: the directory of open access repositories
An authoritative global directory enabling users to find institutional, subject-based or governmental repositories of open access material

OPUS-Datenbank: Elektronische Hochschulschriften
Hosted by the University Library of the Berlin University of the Arts this is their online publication platform for members of the university

Catalogues raisonnés

Burne-Jones Catalogue Raisonné
Catalogue in progress for Edward Burne-Jones. There are, to date, well over 3,500 works visible, with over 7,500 images

The paintings, watercolours and drawings of Paul Cézanne: an online catalogue raisonné
The first compilation of the artist’s complete works since Lionello Venturi’s 1936 Oeuvre catalogue

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