Art, Architecture, and Design Indexes and Online Databases

Core Art, Architecture, and Design Indexes and Abstracting Sources


Art Source (Ebsco)

Coverage dates: 1929+; Updated monthly.
Coverage: Includes full-text coverage of more than 600 journals and 220 books on "a broad range of related subjects, from fine, decorative and commercial art, to various areas of architecture and architectural design." It wholly incorporates and significantly expands on the coverage and contents of the Art Full-text and Art Index Retrospective databases.

ArtBibliographies Modern (CSA)
Coverage dates: 1974+; Updated six times a year.
Coverage: Abstracts of the current literature of modern and contemporary art, photography and design, including performance art and installation works, video art, computer and electronic art, body art, graffiti, artists' books, theater arts, crafts, jewelry and illustration, as well as the traditional fine arts of painting, printmaking, sculpture, and drawing.

Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals (CSA)
Coverage dates: 1934 (with selective coverage back to 1741)+; Updated weekly.
Coverage: Indexes more than 2,000 periodicals published worldwide on architecture and design, archaeology, city planning, interior design, and historic preservation. Indexes international scholarly and popular periodicals, publications of professional associations, U.S. state and regional periodicals, and the major serial publications on architecture and design of Europe, Asia, Latin America, and Australia (many from the earliest days of publishing). The detailed descriptions of illustrations facilitate locating specific image and view types. Includes obituary citations.

Bibliography of the History of Art (BHA) (Getty Research Institute)
Coverage dates: 1975-2007.
Coverage: European art from late antiquity to the present, American art from European discoveries to the present, and contemporary art worldwide. Indexes and abstracts art-related books, conference proceedings and dissertations, exhibition and dealer's catalogs, and articles from more than 2,500 periodicals. Bibliography of the History of Art includes and extends the coverage of its two predecessor art indexes: RAA (Repertoire d'Art et d'Archeologie) and RILA (International Repertory of the Literature of Art). For material published after 2007 see the International Bibliography of Art (IBA) 

Design and Applied Arts Index (DAAI Online) (CSA)
Coverage dates: 1973+; Updated regularly.
Coverage: All areas of design and craft, including industrial design, architecture, interior design, environmental design, computer-aided design, furniture design, ceramics, glass, jewelry, metalwork, fashion design, textile design, graphic design, typography, multimedia design, illustration, book design, photography, advertising, marketing, retail design, packaging, exhibition design, theatre design, ergonomics.

International Bibliography of Arts (IBA) (CSA)
Coverage dates: 2008+: Updated monthly.
Coverage: The International Bibliography of Art (IBA) is the successor to the Bibliography of the History of Art (BHA). It indexes the international scholarly literature on western art, including European art from late antiquity to the present, American art from the colonial era to the present, and global art since 1945. Visual arts in all media, decorative and applied arts, museum studies and conservation, archaeology and classical studies, antiques and architectural history, and related fields are included from 500 core journals, plus monographs, essay collections, conference proceedings and exhibition catalogues.

RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) Library Catalog and Architectural Publications Index
Coverage dates: 1980+; Updated daily.
Coverage: Indexes over 300 architectural periodicals as well as a books and audio visual materials held in the RIBA Library, including their Photographs Collection, Manuscripts Collection, and Drawings Collection. Also includes a biographical database of architects. Collections are international in scope and include architectural theory, practice, and history, as well as building and construction, civil and structural engineering, landscape architecture, interior design and decoration, the decorative arts, and town and country planning.


Special Focus Art, Architecture, and Design Databases

ABIA: South & Southeast Asian Art and Archaeology Index (IIAS)
Coverage dates: 1990+; Updated continuously.
Coverage: Scholarly publications on South and Southeast Asian art and archaeology. Includes books, articles, (unpublished) Ph.D. theses, and other academic level literature. Subjects include pre- and protohistory, historical archaeology, art history, material culture, epigraphy and paleography, numismatics and seals.

Année Philologique sur L'Internet (Les Belles Lettres)
Coverage dates: 1949+; Updated annually.
Coverage: Corresponds to the printed L'Année Philologique, an international critical and analytical bibliography of ancient Greek and Latin languages and literatures and all aspects of classical studies. Provides over 350,000 bibliographic records for the years 1949 to the present, with about 12,500 new records added each year. The international offices analyze 1,500 periodicals each year as well as 500 articles in collections and conference papers.

Art and Archaeology Technical Abstracts (JP Getty)
Coverage dates: Varies; Updated annually.
Coverage Abstracts articles from over 400 leading journals relevant to the international conservation field, as well as books and technical reports. Includes topics related to the preservation and conservation of art, architecture, and material cultural heritage. This system is free, but requires the individual user to register to take full advantage of searching options.

Arts & Humanities Citation Index (ISI Web of Knowledge)
Coverage dates: 1975+; Updated weekly.
Coverage: Indexes more than 1,144 journals and relevant items from more than 6,800 science and social sciences journals. All cited references are captured, allowing searching for articles that cite a known author or work. The default is for searching all three citation databases simultaneously (Science Citation Index Expanded, Social Sciences Citation Index, and Arts & Humanities Citation Index), but you can also limit the index to search.

Building Green Suite
Coverage dates: Environmental Building News 1992+; updates vary.
Coverage: Explore green products, case studies, and more. Includes links to Environmental Building News, the BuildingGreen Suite of online tools, GreenSpec directory of products, andLEEDuser web tool.

Census of Antique Works of Art and Architecture Known in the Renaissance (Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften and Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.)
Coverage dates: Antique monuments and post-antique (Renaissance) documents.
Coverage: An an interdisciplinary research database containing documentation centering on the reception of antiquity, a focus of Renaissance studies. The antique monuments known in the Renaissance are registered together with related Renaissance documents (texts and images), and information about locations, persons, periods, and bibliographic data. The Census is useful for art history and archaeology research, and for understanding the afterlife of antiquity.

DYABOLA (Biering & Brinkmann)
Coverage dates 1956+; Some files updated annually.
Coverage: DYABOLA (Dynamically Accumulating Database on Objects and Literature About Antiquity) provides citations to books, articles, and essays on classical, early Christian, Byzantine, early Medieval, and ancient Middle Eastern antiquities, art, and archaeology. To access the database, check the box marked "Activate IP Access" and click the Start button from the web site. Select British flag of "Archäologische Bibliographie (… Realkatalogs)" for English-language search interface and largest selection. There is no way to limit results to English language.

Index to Christian Art (Princeton University)
Coverage dates: Early apostolic times up to A.D. 1400; Updated annually.
Coverage: An iconographic database that indexes images of medieval art and gives textual information and bibliographies about the images. Focuses on the western world, with full-text records for over 13,000 works of art. Includes manuscripts, metalwork, sculpture, painting, glass, and other media.

Index to 19th-Century American Art Periodicals (FirstSearch)
Coverage dates: 19th century.
Coverage: Indexes 42 art journals published in the U.S. from 1840-1907. Describes the entire journal contents, including articles, poems, illustrations, and advertisements. Subjects include popular culture and industry, artists and illustrators, painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, architecture and design, exhibitions and sales, decoration, and collecting.

Scipio: Art and Rare Book Sales catalogs (FirstSearch)
Coverage dates: 1599+; Updated daily.
Coverage: Records for auction sales catalogs from all major North American and European auction houses as well as important private sales dating from the late sixteenth century to currently scheduled auctions that have not yet been held. Records contain information on dates and places of sale, catalog title, the auction house, sellers, institutional holdings, and other information.


Important Interdisciplinary Periodical Indexes and Abstracts

Academic Search Complete (EBSCO)
Coverage dates: 1990+; Updated daily.
Coverage: A comprehensive scholarly, multi-disciplinary full text database, with more than 5,300 full text periodicals, including 4,400 peer-reviewed journals. Indexes and abstracts for over 9,300 journals as well as books, reports, conference proceedings, and more. Features PDF content going back as far as 1865, with the majority of full text titles in native (searchable) PDF format. Searchable cited references are provided for 1,000 journals.

Anthropology Plus (FirstSearch)
Coverage dates: Late 19th century+; Updated quarterly.
Coverage: Brings together into one searchable resource Anthropological Literature from Harvard University and Anthropological Index from Royal Anthropological Institute in the UK. Worldwide indexing of journal articles, reports, commentaries, edited works, and obituaries in the fields of social, cultural, physical, biological, and linguistic anthropology, ethnology, archaeology, folklore, material culture, and interdisciplinary studies.

Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO) (Thompson Gale)
Coverage dates: 1701 – 1800; Updated regularly.
Coverage: Full text (PDF documents) of English and foreign language books, pamphlets, broadsides and other ephemera published in the U.K. and the Americas between 1701 and 1800. When complete, more than 33 million pages of material will support full text searching. This is an ongoing project based on The English Short Title Catalogue (ESTC), a list of holdings of the British Library, and more than 1,500 university, private, and public libraries worldwide.

Coverage dates: 1984+; Updated monthly.
Coverage: Multilingual, multidisciplinary information in the humanities (63%), social sciences (33%), and economics (3%). Strong in religion, the history of art, and literature (with particular emphasis on current trends in European and world literature).

Google Scholar (Google)
Coverage dates: Varies; Updated regularly.
Coverage: Uses the Google search engine to search for scholarly materials such as peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, preprints, abstracts and technical reports from broad areas of research. It includes a variety of academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories and universities, as well as scholarly articles available across the web. Includes full text and citations.

GreenFile. (EBSCO)
Coverage dates: Varies; Updated regularly.
Coverage: Indexes and abstracts scholarly, government, and general-interest titles on all aspects of human impact on the environment, including green building, renewable energy, sustainable materials, recycling, pollution, global warming, and more.

International  Medieval Bibliography Online (IMB) (Brepols Publishers)
Coverage dates: 1967+; Updated quarterly.
Coverage: A bibliography of articles from 4,500 journals (as well as conference proceedings, essay collections, Festschriften, and exhibition catalogs) related to Europe, North America, and the Near East in the Middle Ages (c. 400-1500).

Iter: Gateway to the Middle Ages and Renaissance (University of Toronto)
Coverage dates: 400-1700; Updated periodically.
Coverage: Citations for books, journal articles, reviews, essays, conference proceedings, Festschriften, and exhibition catalogues pertaining to the Middle Ages and Renaissance.

Coverage dates: Varies; Updated periodically.
Coverage: Includes the complete back-file for over 200 scholarly journals, including major titles from all subject disciplines. Tabs on the search results pages allow you to quickly display 'Images from Articles' or 'ARTstor Images.'

LexisNexis Academic (LexisNexis)
Coverage dates: Varies; Updated continually.
Coverage: A wide variety of sources (usually with full text content but excluding images), including: full text of more than 350 newspapers from around the world; more than 300 magazines and journals and over 600 newsletters; broadcast transcripts from the major television and radio networks; wire services, and more.

Periodicals Archive Online (Chadwyck-Healey)
Coverage dates: 1770 – 1995; Updated annually.
Coverage: Indexes over 10.75 million articles in 3,142 journals. The scope is international and multi-disciplinary, including journals in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish and other Western languages. Includes full image of over 350 journals and the archive will continue to grow each year. (Formerly called PCI Full Text.)

ProQuest Digital Dissertations (ProQuest)
Coverage dates: 1861+; Updated monthly.
Coverage: Contains more than 2 million doctoral dissertations and master's theses. Provides full text for University of California dissertations and theses since 1997, and the first 24 pages of all items after 1997. All subject areas are covered. The database includes more than 90 percent of the doctoral dissertations accepted each year in North America with selective coverage for other parts of the world. Each dissertation published since July 1980 includes a 350-word abstract written by the author. Master's theses published since 1988 include 150-word abstracts. Only bibliographic citations are available for earlier years. More than 55,000 new citations are added to the database every year. Many dissertations from UCLA are included in the database, though theses from the University are only rarely included.

Updated Jan. 2011, Janine Henri