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Academic Search Complete
A multidisciplinary database for general background research on a wide variety of topics, including the arts and humanities.
Coverage: Includes over 10,000 titles, full text for over 5,300 titles, selected coverage from 1975 forward, updated daily. Selected online full text available. To search full-text articles only, limit search results to: full text.
Provides comprehensive indexing and abstracts for more than 400 leading international publications pertaining to a variety of art forms. Selected online full text available. To search full-text articles only, limit search results to: full text.
Abstracts of journal articles, books, essays, exhibition catalogs, dissertations, and exhibition reviews. The scope extends from artists and movements beginning with Impressionism in the late 19th century, up to the most recent works and trends. Photography is covered from its invention in 1839 to the present. Coverage: 1974 - current.
With approximately 300 collections composed of over 2.5 million images (and growing), scholars can examine wide-ranging material such as Native American art from the Smithsonian, treasures from the Louvre, and panoramic, 360-degree views of the Hagia Sophia in a single, easy-to-use resource.
Historical coverage of the world from 1450 to the present. Over 2,000 journals published in world historical journals in over 40 languages back to 1955 are included. Selected online full text available. To search full-text articles only, limit search results to: full text.
International Bibliography of Art (IBA)
English and European-language publications covered include at least 500 core journals, with an emphasis on specialist and rare titles not covered by other indexes, plus detailed coverage of monographs, essay collections, conference proceedings, and exhibition catalogues.
Provides image and full-text online access to back issues of selected scholarly journals. Consult the online tables of contents for holdings, as coverage varies for each title.
Research Help by Topic
Developed by members of the Curatorial Minds Lab beginning in spring 2021, this guide offers many resources for curatorial studies available through SMU Libraries.
Grant Writing for Arts
Guide for grant-writing in the arts.
Images and Copyright
Where to find images and how to use them correctly while observing copyright laws.
Find background info, photography reviews and criticism, and primary sources.
Related Subject Guides
Benezit Dictionary of Artists
For research on artists outside the traditional canon, with bibliographies to encourage further study. Includes historical auction records and exhibition histories to support research on the reception and value of art across time.
Oxford Art Online
Oxford Art Online enables access and cross-search functionality to Grove and Oxford reference content in one location. Provides access to Grove Art Online, The Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, The Oxford Companion to Western Art, and The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms. Includes image partnerships with ARTstor, the British Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Art Images for College Teaching, Art Resource, Artists Rights Society and numerous international art galleries and artists.
Gives background information and provides citations for the best available scholarship across a wide variety of subjects, combining the best features of an annotated bibliography and a high-level encyclopedia