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Art & Art History Guide

Welcome to the Art & Art History Subject Guide.

Audience: CUW undergraduate & graduate students in Art & Art History courses.

Help Available: If you need help finding resources, please contact librarians with Ask a Librarian or on the Library Tab in the Portal (phone, email, chat)

How to Use: Click a tab to learn more about a topic.

What can I find in sources?

Table with different types of sources and the formats available

Art Specific – Try These First

ProQuest Arts Search
Search across all ProQuest art databases at the same time.

Humanities International Complete (Ebsco)
Provides full text of hundreds of journals, books and other published sources from around the world. HIC includes data from American Humanities Index and Humanities International Index plus almost half a million full-text articles.

Gale OneFile: Fine Arts (Gale)
Provides access to more than 10 million articles in drama, music, art history, and film making. More than 250 journals covered in databases such as the Wilson Art Index and the Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale (RILM) index are available in full text.

Image Collection (Ebsco)
Consists of more than 1 million total of a wide array of photos and maps, with an emphasis on world news and events. Other areas of coverage include contemporary and historical photos of people, places, and the natural kingdom.


Gale Academic OneFile (Gale)
Academic OneFile provides millions of articles from over 17,000 scholarly journals and other authoritative sources—including thousands of podcasts and transcripts from NPR and CNN as well as videos from BBC Worldwide Learning.

1,000+ full-text scholarly journals in such subject areas as History, Philosophy, Political Science, Sociology, and many others.

Using Databases Tutorial

You can search for journal articles in Primo and library databases (see databases tab).

For General Instructions: Finding Journal Articles

To find a specific article

Journal Titles

The following links open databases where you can search for articles within the journal. 


You can search for books and ebooks in Primo.

General Directions: FINDING BOOKS Guide

Find a Specific Book

Library of Congress Call Numbers

N      Visual Arts
NB    Sculpture
NC    Drawing & Design
ND    Painting
NK    Decorative Arts

Reference Books

Reference Books are located in the short stacks in the center of the Library. Need Help? Finding Encyclopedia’s Help Guide

The Oxford Companion to Western Art

REF N33 .O923 2001
Encyclopedia of ArtistsREF  N31 .E53 2000
A Biographical Dictionary of Artists
REF N40 .B53 1995
Grove Encyclopedia of Materials and Techniques in ArtREF N8510 .G76 2008
Encyclopedia of CreativityEbook


Getty Research Portal (Art history texts)
IRIS Consortium (Italian Art History)
The Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History
Khan Academy’s Smarthistory (Introduction to Art History)
Publication Formats In Art History (Rice U)

Free Art Images

Art Discovery Group Catalogue (European Art)
Google Art Project (images organized by artist or museum collection)
ArtSTOR Public Collections
Art Images for College Teaching (AICT)
Web Gallery of Art (European painting and sculpture 12th to mid-19th centuries)
New York Public Library Digital Gallery
Europeana Art Database 
Internet Archive (images from websites)
Andy Warhol Photography Archives (New York City arts, culture & celebrities 1976-87)

Video Tutorials

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