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Spencer Art Reference Library—Online Resources

Find artist biographies, journal articles, art sales information, archival collections, images and more…

Located in the Bloch Building, the Spencer Art Reference Library has four public access computer terminals where library researchers can search the library’s collections in the catalog. In addition to searching the library’s physical holdings the library catalog also provides seamless access to online resources.

LibraryOneSearch
– Discover books, digital collections and articles from the library’s physical and online holdings

Basic Catalog
– Search the library’s physical collections of books, journal holdings and auctions catalogs


These specialized online subscription databases are available in the library reading room:

Encyclopedias and Dictionaries

Oxford Art Online - Grove Art Online
Oxford Art Online - Benezit Dictionary of Artists
Encyclopedia of Islam *Available from the library's public computer terminals
Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History: The Metropolitan Museum of Art* freely available resource

Articles: Indexes and Full-Text
Accessible Archives (Godey’s Lady’s Book, African-American Newspapers & more)
America: History and Life
APS Online (American Periodical Series)
Art Bibliographies Modern
ArticleFirst
Art Source - NEW
Bibliography of Asian Studies
Bibliography of the History of Art (BHA) * freely available resource
Clase and Periódica: Index of Latin American Journals
International Bibliography of Art
Design and Applied Arts Index (DAAI)
Dyabola: Classical Studies databases
Firstsearch (OCLC Worldcat, ArticleFirst, and other sources)
Historical Abstracts: Index of academic historical journals from outside the United States and Canada
Index to 19th Century American Art Periodicals
JSTOR: Archive of full-text scholarly articles
Periodicals Archive Online - NEW
Periodicals Index Online - NEW

Images
CAMIO: Catalog of Art Museum Images Online
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art Collection Search* freely available resource

Newspapers
Accessible Archives: African-American Newspapers
Accessible Archives: The Liberator (1831-1865)
Accessible Archives: The Pennsylvania Newspapers of the 18th and 19th Centuries
New York Times Online (1851-2009): Proquest Historical Newspapers
The Times [of London] Digital Archive (1785-2007) - NEW

Art Sales
ARTNET
ArtPrice
AskArt
invaluable (formerly Artfact)
Leonard’s Combined Price Index of Art Auctions
Lugt’s Répertoire des Catalogue de Ventes
Prices4Antiques

Specialized Resources
Archives Grid* freely available resource
AATA Online: Abstracts of International Conservation Literature
CAMEO: Conservation and Art Materials Encyclopedia Online
Chicago Manual of Style

Library staff can provide reference assistance to individuals and class groups in using the online catalog and the online resources. 

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