Online Resources



Search the Library Catalog for in-house resources.

Connect to WorldCat to search the collections of other libraries. 

Search the Art Discovery Group Catalogue to find art-focused library holdings, including records for auction catalogues.

Look for an image in ArtStor (on-site use only).

Search Grove Art Online (on-site use only) for art reference resources. 

Search art auction results databases (on-site use only):  artnet, Invaluable, askART, Artprice

Additional resources:


American Watercolors: Research Resources from the Philadelphia Museum of Art:

Research portal for the study of American watercolors.  Contains a general bibliography and a bibliography of the periodical literature c.1860-1925.  Also includes exhibiton histories, member lists and scanned catalogues for the American Watercolor Society.  Created by the PMA in conjunction with the exhibition American Watercolor in the Age of Homer and Sargent (2017).  The exhibition catalogue is available in the Mayer Library.

Archives Directory

The Archives Directory for the History of Collecting is a resource created to help researchers locate primary source material about American art collectors, dealers, agents, and advisors and the repositories that hold these records. The database is regularly updated.

Arts: Search

Arts: Search contains two research guides that provide internet sources of biographical information on artists, designers, architects, and craftspeople as well as links to digitized journals on architecture, art, crafts, and design.

Bibliography of the History of Art (BHA)

The Getty provides access to the Bibliography of the History of Art (BHA) and to the Répertoire international de la littérature de l'art (RILA). These citation databases, searchable together, cover material published between 1975 and 2007.


CLARA, the interactive database of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, contains authoritative information on 18,000 women visual artists of all time periods and nationalities. Includes full-text biographical information and images.

Digital Dada Library

A scholarly resource for the study of the Dada movement, the Digital Dada Library provides access to scanned images of original Dada-era books, pamphlets, and periodicals. Includes full text and images; pre-1929.

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ):

The Directory of Open Access Journals is a service that indexes and provides access to peer reviewed Open Access research journals and periodicals. Titles available cover a wide range of subjects such as fine art and architecture, with journals in several languages. 

Getty Research Portal

The Getty Research Portal is an online platform providing global access to digitized art history texts. The Portal is comprised of catalog records that link to full, digitized texts hosted by the contributing institutions or their service providers. Included are the digitized resources for the printed literature of art, including fundamental texts, rare books, exhibition catalogues, auction catalogues, and related literature.

International Foundation for Art Research (IFAR)

The International Foundation for Art Research’s database of catalogues raisonnés covers published and in-process catalogues dealing with paintings, works on paper, sculptures, and photographs. For a database of print catalogues raisonnés see the entry on the Print Council of America.

The Montias Database

The Montias Database of 17th Century Dutch Art Inventories contains information from 1,280 inventories of goods, including paintings, prints, sculpture, furniture, etc. owned by people living in 17th-century Amsterdam. The dates of the inventories range from 1597 to 1681. The database includes detailed information on the 51,071 individual works of art listed in the inventories.

Print Council

From the Print Council of America, an online edition of The Print Council Index to Oeuvre-Catalogues of Prints by European and American Artists by Timothy A. Riggs. The database now contains entries for European and American prints, print publishers, drawings, and photographs, and Japanese prints and photographs. This is a searchable index for research purposes; no full text or images included.

Spanish Artists

The Frick database, Spanish Artists from the Fourth to the Twentieth Century: A Critical Dictionary, provides essential bibliographic information on more than 5,000 Spanish artists.

Getty Vocabularies

The Union List of Artist Names (ULAN), the Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names (TGN), the Art & Architecture Thesaurus (AAT), and the Cultural Objects Name Authority (CONA) are structured vocabularies that can be used to improve access to information about art, architecture, and material culture. The four Getty vocabularies are intended to provide terminology and other information about the objects, artists, concepts, and places important to various disciplines that specialize in art, architecture, and material culture.



Abstracts of International Conservation Literature (AATA)

AATA Online is a comprehensive database of over 133,000 abstracts of literature related to the preservation and conservation of material cultural heritage in the forms of art, objects, architecture, and archaeological sites and materials. Coverage dates from 1932 to present. 

Bibliographic Database of the Conservation Information Network (BCIN)

BCIN, the Bibliographic Database of the Conservation Information Network, contains more than 200,000 bibliographic records on the conservation, preservation and restoration of cultural property. Includes reports, articles, and various other materials from 1932 to 1997.



Digital Public Library of America (DPLA)

The Digital Public Library of America contains records on over a million materials including photographs, manuscripts, books, sounds, moving images, and more from libraries, archives, and museums around the United States. Each record links to the original object on the content provider’s website.


Europeana contains millions of items from a range of Europe's leading galleries, libraries, archives, and museums. Europeana’s materials are sourced from the Europeana Foundation and a large number of European cultural institutions, projects, and partners. Items included are books and manuscripts, photos and paintings, television and film, sculpture and crafts, diaries and maps, and sheet music and recordings.


The database of the California State University IMAGE Project contains approximately 100,000 images covering art, history, archaeology, anthropology, and more.  The database is global in coverage and includes all areas of visual imagery.