Boston Public Library Online Resources
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Art Full Text: Featuring full-text articles, indexing and abstracts from an array of sources, Art Full Text is a useful database for art students and art historians. It covers many topics from fine, decorative and commercial art to photography, film and architecture.
Art Index Retrospective: This archival database features high-quality indexing of historical literature on a variety of art topics from the years 1929 to 1984. Chronicling over half a century of art literature, it covers fine, decorative, and commercial art. Art Index Retrospective contains hundreds of titles from feature articles, interviews, film reviews, book reviews, bibliographies, exhibition listings, conference reports, anthologies, and editorials.
Art Museum Image Gallery: Drawing from distinguished museums from around the world, this database offers unparalleled access to high-quality art images and related multimedia. Art Museum Image Gallery covers a broad range of time and place, with art from Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas.
Oxford Art Online: Oxford Art Online offers access to the most authoritative, inclusive, and easily searchable online art resources available today. Through a single, elegant gateway users can access—and simultaneously cross-search—an expanding range of Oxford’s acclaimed art reference works.
Other Online Resources
Archives of American Art: The world's preeminent resource dedicated to collecting and preserving the papers and primary records of the visual arts in America.
Metropolitan Museum of Art Timeline of Art History: A reference, research, and teaching tool conceived for students and scholars of art history. It is authored by The Met’s experts, and currently comprises more than 1,000 essays, close to 7,600 works of art, 300 chronologies, and 3,700 keywords. It is regularly updated and enriched to provide new scholarship and insights on the collection.
Pembroke Arts Festival: The official website of the Pembroke Arts Festival including resources for artists and volunteers.
Smarthistory: A free, not-for-profit resource for the study of art and cultural heritage. Their growing collection of videos and essays are designed to be engaging and conversational and cover art that ranges from the paleolithic to the present across Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, and Oceania.