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Web Resources: Arts: General/Art History

Guide to finding resources relating to the arts online.

An Amused Reader

An Amused Reader. John Beaufain Irving. 1876. Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute.

Evaluate Web Sources!




Purpose and Point of view

More information on the CRAP test

Evaluating Websites

Art Blogs


General Resources

Google Images

Google Images is a powerful and expansive image search engine. Use the advanced search option to limit by content type (line drawings, photographs, faces, etc); file size for higher quality images; and usage type (creative commons, etc).

Googe Image Swirl is a different way of displaying your search results.  It "organizes image search results based on their visual and semantic similarities" and "combines a variety of image similarity features with additional metadata about the images to build a hierarchy of clusters of image search results." Here's an example of what this looks like using the query "Warhol." Explore this tool to enhance your image searching!

Subject Guide

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Provenance Research

The Getty Provenance Index allows you to conduct provenance research for western European works of art from the late sixteenth to the early twentieth. Originally designed as research tool for the ownership history of individual masterpieces, the index also allows scholars to model complex market developments, social networks, and cultural transfers.

Looking for a new artist?

Contemporary Artists Index (CAI)
Indexes contemporary artists and group exhibitions.
Do a TITLE search in CatalogUSMAI  to obtain books listed in the CAI.

Free E-Journals--Arts

Directory of Open Access Journals | Arts
A list of scholarly e-journals in the arts.

2,300 links to selected arts & humanities ejournals.  Journals listed are either free, or offer significant free content.

Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide
A journal of nineteenth-century visual culture.

Contemporary art in South Africa

Electronic journal of art and technology

Invisible Culture: An Electronic Journal for Visual Culture  
From the University of Rochester

From the University of Pittsburgh