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Key databases for Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies

If you need to find journal articles about a subject that you are researching or studying, it is important to search journal databases. Type your topic into the search screen of the database to obtain a list of relevant journal articles, and remember to look at help screens or Library guides to make the most of what is on offer.

Below is a list of journal databases which are most often used in Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies. You can also see a complete list of databases for Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies available from the Library.

Art Full Text

Search for journal articles in Art and Design as well as some aesthetic aspects of cinema. Indexing more than 500 journals as far back as 1984, this resource offers abstracts of an international array of peer-selected publications - now with expanded coverage of Latin American, Canadian, Asian and non-Western art, new artists, contemporary art, exhibition reviews, and feminist criticism. The database is updated daily.

Guide to using Art Full Text

Bibliography of the History of Art

Includes articles from over 1,200 journals, and allows you to search for articles in Fine Art and History of Art. Topics can be searched easily by subject, artist, author, article or journal title, and other elements.

Guide to using Bibliography of the History of Art

Bridgeman Education

A dedicated service to support the use of high-quality images in education for teaching, research or reference purposes. The collection is constantly growing, with new material added weekly.

Guide to using Bridgeman Education


Academic journals, books and primary sources across a range of subject areas including Art and Art History, Performing Arts, Architecture and Music.

Guide to using JSTOR

Oxford Art Online

Oxford Art Online offers users the ability to access and search the content of Grove Art Online and other Oxford art reference resources in one location. The database gives users access to the more than 23,000 subject entries, 21,000 biographies, 500,000 bibliographic citations, 40,000 image links and 5,500 images contained within Grove Art Online, as well as allowing you to search for full-text entries in Oxford Companion to Western Art, Encyclopedia of Aesthetics and Concise Oxford Dictionary of art terms. The database is updated quarterly.

Guide to using Oxford Art Online

Visual Arts Data Service (VADS)

An online resource for visual arts. It has provided services to the academic community for 12 years and has built up a considerable portfolio of visual art collections comprising over 100,000 images that are freely available and copyright cleared for use in learning, teaching and research in the UK.