Art & Art History Research Guide

Articles and databases

Find articles on art and art history


Academic OneFile - useful for all topics

Academic Search Premier (Ebsco) - useful for all topics

JSTOR Retrospective Journal Collection - art, art history, architecture [also covers humanities, social sciences]

Others to consider:

America: History & Life - U.S. and Canadian history

Google Scholar - indexes a large proportion of the scholarly literature in a wide range of research areas

Historical Abstracts - world history

MLA Bibliography - literature [also covers folklore, linguistics]

Newsbank - California newspapers, including the Monterey County Herald (2002-present) and the San Jose Mercury News (1985-present)

Newsstand - major U.S. and international newspapers

OneSearch - Articles

Browse selected electronic journals

African Arts

Art Bulletin

Art History

Art in America

Art Journal


Arts in Psychotherapy

Critical Arts

Graphic Arts Monthly

Journal of Aesthetics & Art Criticism

Journal of Arts Management, Law & Society


See also

See also the CSUMB Library's guides to Scholarly and Peer-Reviewed Journals and Citing Print and Electronic Sources

Books and background reading

Books in the CSUMB Library

Use OneSearch to find books and videos in the CSUMB Library's collection.

Books at other libraries

First try changing the drop down box in OneSearch from 'CSUMB Collections' to 'Books and Media (All CSU)'. If you can't find what you're searching for in the CSU please place a request via the ILLiad Interlibrary Loan Request Form to borrow books not available through the CSU / OneSearch.

Search art and art history encyclopedias


General sites

ArtClyclopedia search or browse names of artists, or search by movement, medium, subject matter or nationality; provided by ArtCyclopedia, Inc.

ArtLex definitions of thousands of terms used in visual culture; includes images, pronunciation notes, quotations, and cross-references; provided by Michael Delahunt, MFA

Art History Resources on the Web extensive collection of links covering art history from ancient times to the present; chronological organization subdivided into countries, cultures, and styles; provided by Chris Witcombe, Sweet Briar College

Art Images for College Teaching a royalty-free image exchange resource for the educational community; provided by Allan T. Kohl, Minneapolis College of Art & Design

Mother of All Art History Links Pages annotated links to art history sites; includes categories: Research Resources, Image Collections, Art Museums, and Fine Art Schools; provided by the Dept. of the History of Art at the University of Michigan

WorldImages search or browse over 80,000 images from throughout the world; some images are zoomable; provided by the California State University System

Art museums

Art Institute of Chicago

Asian Art Museum (San Francisco)

The British Museum (London)

California Museum of Photography (Riverside)

Center for Creative Photography(Tucson)

Center for Photographic Art (Carmel)

Corcoran Gallery of Art(Washington, D.C.)

Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

Google Art Project

Guggenheim Museum (New York)

International Center of Photography (New York)

International Museum of Photography and Film (Rochester)

J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles)

Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Louvre Museum (Paris)

Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York)

Mingei International Museum of Folk Arts & Crafts (San Diego)

Monterey Museum of Art

El Museo del Barrio (New York)

Museo Reina Sofia (Madrid)

Museum for African Art (New York)

Museum of Modern Art (New York)

Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles)

Museum of International Folk Art (Santa Fe)

Museum of Photographic Arts (San Diego)

The National Gallery (London)

National Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C.)

National Museum of African Art (Washington, D.C.)

National Museum of the American Indian (Washington, D.C.)

National Portrait Gallery (Washington, D.C.)

Oakland Museum of California

Prado Museum (Madrid)

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

San Jose Art Museum (San Jose State University)

San Jose Museum of Art

Smithsonian American Art Museum(Washington, D.C.)

The State Hermitage Museum (St. Petersburg)

The Tate (London)

UC Berkeley Art Museum + Pacific Film Archive

Virtual Library Museums Pages

Whitney Museum of American Art (New York)

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (San Francisco)

See also

See also the CSUMB Library's guides to Evaluating Websites and Internet Resources and locating Images

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