Articles, images, e-books, videos and more
The Book Library provides access to a large collection of online resources for Courtauld students and staff, essential for learning, teaching and research. Use the lists below to link to resources; our own subscription resources, those that have been made temporarily available during closure, and those that are fully open access.
The vast majority of resources are available on and off campus. Remote access is usually through Athens. Find out more about accessing online resources from home in the ‘Top Tips from the Book Library’ video #1 on our Digital and Information Skills page.
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 rich resource of ebooks and images originating from important art and architecture scholarship from leading university and museum publishers including out of print publications
Art & Architecture (Courtauld Institute of Art)
Over 40,000 images from the Courtauld collections including the Courtauld Gallery and the Conway Library
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: 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
Streaming over 1500 films of international origin
Artifex Press Catalogues
Publishes digital catalogues raisonnés of a growing selection of twentieth century artists
With approximately 300 collections composed of over 2.5 million images (and growing), scholars can examine wide-ranging material such as Native American art from the Smithsonian, treasures from the Louvre, and panoramic views of the Hagia Sophia in a single resource
Askews and Holts VLeBooks
Offers access to an extensive number of eBooks, both new and backlist content
(This service will replace DawsonEra e-books from 1st August.)
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
Bridgeman Education (Bridgeman Art Library)
Provides access to an extensive collection of images from locations worldwide and enables complete usability for educational purposes.
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
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
Courtauld Institute of Art Research Portal
A key resource sharing the research output of the Institute’s academic staff from 1975 onwards
Dedicated to editing and preserving writing on the visual arts in India, also expanded to include video and photography
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
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
- 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
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 Bibliograpy
- 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.
JSTOR (including link to the JSTOR Auction Catalogs – Beta)
Designed to offer an expanding range of core journals in the humanities, social sciences and sciences. The provision offered in Arts and Sciences I, Arts and Sciences II, Arts and Sciences III and Arts and Sciences VII constitutes collections which have been developed to provide access to an ever greater range of disciplines and subject areas
An unique video streaming service offering, as they describe, ‘thoughtful’ and acclaimed content including documentaries, independent and other films as well as educational videos
(Gale Cengage Learning, via JISC)
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 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
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
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
In response to the closure of libraries worldwide, publishers and libraries have been working together to provide access to additional online resources whilst students are unable to access physical collections. These extra resources are listed below. Please note that access is temporary and will expire on the dates indicated.
Some resources are available fully open access and some will be for current subscribers with remote access done via Athens in the usual way.
For any questions on access or finding materials please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Artstor (available throughout the year via Senate House Library), has also been made available directly to Courtauld students and staff until December 2020. Use the ‘login through your institution’ option and search for the Courtauld. You will be redirected to the Open Athens portal to sign in. The first time you use Artstor you will be prompted to create an account so that you can download images and use the full range of features.
British History Online has made a further 200 volumes available on open access in addition to the 1000 volumes of material which are already freely available. Extra content available until 30th September 2020
JSTOR has made its entire journal content holdings available to institutions that already subscribe to JSTOR content packages. More than 25,000 e-books titles have also be made available. Please access JSTOR in the usual way, signing in with your Athens credentials; open access material has been integrated into other content. JSTOR have also made available on fully open access current research on COVID-19 and public health. Expanded access to book collections available until 31st August 2020. Extra journal content available until 31st December 2020
Library Hub Discover
Changes have been made during this period so that search results show open access materials first – with online and print following. More information about these changes is available here.
Access the Library Hub Discover portal.
The MuseumsEtc Collection comprises almost 70 titles, and has been made available to us via Exact Editions until 1st November 2020. The collections shares innovation in museum practice worldwide, drawing on the international experience of hundreds of leading museums and galleries in such key areas as inclusion, interpretation, learning, management, new media, and visitor engagement. Follow the links to login via your institution, and then sign in with your Athens credentials. Available until 1st November 2020
The National Archives – available until their site at Kew re-opens to the public
While their Kew site is closed, users can download digital content (over 9 million records are downloadable) for free. Users just need to create a personal account to search and retrieve content via the Discovery service.
Senate House Extra Resources During Closure: All students and staff are entitled to membership of Senate House Library to gain access to their electronic resources. Their providers, just like ours, are making additional content available during this period. You may find it helpful to look at their libguide for online resources, which includes both their usual resources and new/trial/temporary resources.