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College of Liberal Arts, Department of Art home page

Art Databases

Oxford Art Online — Provides online access to the entire text of the 34-volume Dictionary of Art plus newly-commissioned articles. The database includes over 45,000 articles on every aspect of the visual arts from prehistory through the present. Through an alliance with The Bridgeman Art Library, the database offers access to over 130,000 searchable images.

Art and Architecture Source — Art & Architecture Source is the largest full-text art research database covering fine, decorative and commercial art, as well as architecture and architectural design. With strong international coverage, it offers hundreds of full-text art journals, magazines and books, plus detailed indexing and abstracts and thousands of images.

An online archive containing back issues of scholarly journals in many disciplines.

Dissertations and Theses Full Text (ProQuest) 
Covers dissertations accepted at accredited U.S. institutions since 1861. It selectively covers Master's theses and Canadian, British, and other international dissertations. Most dissertations since 1997, along with some earlier dissertations, are available in full text.

Academic Search Complete (EBSCO)
Provides abstracts and indexing for over 3,800, as well as full text for over 3,200 scholarly journals and general magazines.

Research Library (ProQuest)
Provides abstracts and indexing for over 2,600, as well as full text for over 1,700 scholarly journals and general magazines. Research Library is an expansion of, and replacement for, the database titled Periodical Abstracts Research II.

Web of Science (Web of Knowledge/Thomson Reuters)
Provides detailed citations and abstracts for the top scholarly periodicals in the sciences, social sciences, and arts and humanities. Includes the Science Citation Index, the Social Sciences Citation Index, and the Arts & Humanities Citation Index. Covers both domestic and international journals, open access resources, books, patents, proceedings, and Web sites.

Useful Art Web Sites

Google Arts & Culture

From Google's Description:  "The Art Project is a collaboration between Google and 151 acclaimed art partners from across 40 countries. Using a combination of various Google technologies and expert information provided by our museum partners, we have created a unique online art experience. Users can explore a wide range of artworks at brushstroke level detail, take a virtual tour of a museum and even build their own collections to share."

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
When The Met was founded in 1870, it owned not a single work of art. Through the combined efforts of generations of curators, researchers, and collectors, our collection has grown to represent more than 5,000 years of art from across the globe—from the first cities of the ancient world to the works of our time.

Art Institute Chicago
The collections of this Museum have recently been digitized and made accessible on their website in a downloadable, high-quality format. Works in the public domain can be found here.

The National Gallery, London
Contains thousands of images, which you can browse by artist and by century.

The British Museum
Has an extensive digital collection of over 4 million objects. This database is particularly good for finding ancient artifacts.

Art History Resources on the Web 
This site, compiled and maintained by an art history professor at Sweet Briar College, contains an extensive list of links to other sites, divided into categories according to time period. There are also categories for Museums and Galleries, and Prints and Photography.

Mother of All Art and Art History links page 
Just what the title says. Find everything from research resources to Fine Arts schools and departments

Web Gallery of Art
"The Web Gallery of Art is a virtual museum and searchable database of European painting and sculpture of the Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque periods (1100-1850), currently containing over 17.300 reproductions. Commentaries on pictures, biographies of artists are available. Guided tours, free postcard and other services are provided for the visitors."

Search by artists, images, movements and more.

Dictionary of Art Historians
This database is designed to give researchers a beginning point to learning the background of major art historians of western art history.

NYPL Digital Gallery
NYPL Digital Gallery provides access to over 520,000 images digitized from primary sources and printed rarities in the collections of The New York Public Library, including illuminated manuscripts, historical maps, vintage posters, rare prints and photographs, illustrated books, printed ephemera, and more.

Archives of American Art
"Spanning the centuries since the founding of America to the present day, the collections of the Archives of American Art comprise the largest source in the world of primary source documentation on the visual arts in America. Contained in the over five thousand collections are letters, diaries, sketches and sketchbooks, photographs, exhibition catalogs, scrapbooks, business records, art periodicals, and other types of documents, totaling roughly fourteen million items. The collections, combined with approximately three thousand interviews done for AAA's oral history program, and nearly one thousand photographs in AAA's Photographs of Artists Collections, are an endless treasure trove of raw material for art historians and scholars in other fields to explore."

Artists' Book Collection
"This database is an illustrated, descriptive index to the Artists’ Book Collection, located in the Kohler Art Library, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Presently, the Artists’ Book Collection contains over 800 titles. The database indexes approximately 760 of those titles, over 500 of which have one to four images to visually represent the structure and/or content of the book."

Beazley Archive
Sponsored by Oxford University, this archive includes images and textual resources from more than 20 archival databases, with specific focus on classical gems, pottery, antiquarian, and sculpture.

Perseus Digital Library
Digital library offering access to primary texts, secondary sources, site plans, digital images, and maps. Also includes word study tools as well as extensive art and archaeology catalogs.

Women Artists Archives National Directory
An innovative web directory to U.S. archival collections of primary source materials by and about women visual artists active in the U.S. since 1945.

Art Journals

Art journals in the University Library Catalog

Fine Arts journals available in full text through online databases

Art Books

Search the library catalog to find books available in the Mercer University Library.  Before going to pull the item,  please check to make sure it is at your library. If the item in which you are interested is located at another Mercer University library, contact Circulation at (478) 301-2961.   Items not available in the University Library, may be requested via Interlibrary Loan.

Art books that are available for checkout from the Jack Tarver Library can be found on the 3rd floor in these Library of Congress classification numbers:

  • N Visual arts
  • NA Architecture
  • NB Sculpture
  • NC Drawing. Design. Illustration
  • ND Painting
  • NE Print media
  • NK Decorative arts
  • NX Arts in general

These same call number designations can also be used to locate reference books on the 2nd floor in the reference section.