Research Databases and Other Online Research Tools


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Union Catalogs


Full Text Resources

Image Resources

Bard College's A-Z Indexes & Databases List




Union Catalogs:

WorldCat via OCLC's FirstSearch - Books and other materials in over 9,000 libraries worldwide. Contains all the records cataloged by OCLC member libraries: over 67 million bibliographic records. Advanced searching options in the FirstSearch platform allow for very targeted searching. 

WorldCat via - also includes records for about 30 million journal and magazine articles. 

ARCADE - A union catalog of three major art libraries in New York City: the Frick Art Reference Library, the Brooklyn Museum Libraries and Archives, and the MoMA Library.

ArchiveGrid - An international website that gathers and presents information on archival collections. Over 2,500 libraries, museums, and archives worldwide contribute descriptions of their collections to the project. - The Virtual Catalogue for Art History allows simultaneous searching the online catalogs of more than 36 international art libraries in Europe, the U.S., and Australia

SCIPIO - Provides bibliographic information on auction sales catalogues from major North American and European auction houses as well as important private sales, and indicates which libraries hold the catalogues in their collections.

The Serials Directory by EBSCOhost® - provides bibliographic information and current pricing structures for popular serials. It contains nearly 212,000 U.S. and international titles, including newspapers.


Indexes, Bibliographies, and Abstracts:

AATA Online (Abstracts of International Conservation Literature) - A service of the Getty Conservation Institute that provides over 119,000 abstracts of literature related to the preservation and conservation of material cultural heritage.

America: History and Life - Indexes more than 2,000 journals published worldwide on the history of the United States and Canada from pre-history to the present.

Anthropology Plus - One resource that combines two important anthropology indexes, the highly respected Anthropological Literature from Harvard University in the U.S., and Anthropological Index from the Royal Anthropological Institute in the UK.

Art Bibliographies Modern - Indexes articles published from 1974 to the present. ARTbibliographies Modern covers articles published on all aspects of modern and contemporary art (19th century to the present), as well as photography (1839 to the present).

Art Index Retrospective - The H. W. Wilson Company's index to articles published between 1929 and 1984 on advertising art, antiques, archaeology, architecture and architectural history, art history, computers in art, crafts, decorative arts, fashion design, folk art, graphic arts, industrial design, interior design, landscape architecture, motion pictures, museology, nonwestern art, painting, photography, pottery, sculpture, television, and textiles. See Art Source for articles published after 1984.

Art Source - Developed from a merger of art databases from EBSCO Publishing and H.W. Wilson, including new unique sources, Art Source offers detailed indexing and abstracts for work on fine art, decorative art, commercial art, architecture, and architectural design.

Artfact Pro - Now called "Invaluable"--see Invaluable, below.

Avery Index - Indexes more than 2,000 periodicals published worldwide on architecture, as well as on archaeology, city planning, interior design, and historic preservation. Selective coverage dates back to articles published in the 1860s; full coverage includes work published from the 1930s to the present.

BAS (Bibliography of Asian Studies) - Contains more than 800,000 records on all subjects (especially humanities and social sciences) pertaining to East, Southeast, and South Asia published worldwide from 1971 to the present, referencing principally western-language articles and book chapters.

BHA (Bibliography of the History of Art) - Indexes and abstracts books, articles, dissertations, conference proceedings, and catalogues published on American and European art of all eras. The Getty provides access to 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.

BHI (British Humanities Index) - Indexes over 400 internationally respected humanities journals and weekly magazines published in the UK and other English speaking countries from 1962 to the present, as well as quality newspapers published in the UK.

C19: The Nineteenth Century Index - Provides access to more than 20 million bibliographic records for 19th century source materials. The records are a collection of 12 different citation sources, including such indexes as Poole's and the Wellesley Index to Victorian Periodicals.

CoPA (Commercial Pattern Archive) - A collection of commercial pattern data, including images, from several large commercial pattern collections in the US, Canada, and the UK: the database functions like a catalog of patterns and collections that researchers and designers can use to recreate or date clothing from 1868 to 2000. A username and password is required for access--see the reference desk for the BGC Library's current password.

DAAI (Design and Applied Arts Index) - Abstracts and indexes articles, news items, and reviews published in design and applied arts periodicals from 1973 onwards. Covers both new designers and the development of design and the applied arts since the mid-19th century, surveying disciplines including ceramics, glass, jewellery, wood, metalsmithing, graphic design, fashion and clothing, textiles, furniture, interior design, architecture, computer aided design, web design, computer-generated graphics, animation, product design, industrial design, garden design, and landscape architecture.

DAR (Design Abstracts Retrospective) - A retrospective complement to Design and Applied Arts Index (DAAI), covering design journals and yearbooks published between 1900 and 1987, the year in which DAAI began, with a particular focus on titles that have not been indexed or abstracted before. Part of the Arts:Search (formerly designinform) package.

Dissertation Abstracts - Lists the dissertations submitted to the ProQuest / UMI dissertation reproduction company: more than 2 million masters theses and dissertations completed in the United States, Canada, Great Britain, and other places in Europe from 1861 to the present, including abstracts for those completed later than 1988.

English Short Title Catalog - A project of the British Library that provides extensive descriptions and holdings information for letterpress materials printed in Great Britain or any of its dependencies in any language, as well as for materials printed in English anywhere else in the world, from the beginnings of print until 1800. Serves as a comprehensive bibliography of the hand-press era and as a census of surviving copies.

Foundation Directory Online - The Foundation Center provides access to timely, comprehensive information on grantmakers and their grants. Included are nearly 100,000 foundations, corporate giving programs, and grantmaking public charities in the U.S.; a database of more than 4,000 sponsoring companies, offering a quick pathway to corporate funders; and a database of over 2.4 million recently awarded grants.

Index to 19th Century Art Periodicals - A complete index of 42 art periodicals published in the United States during the 19th century, the sole online index to virtually all the art journals published in that period.

International Medieval Bibliography - A multidisciplinary bibliography of Europe, North Africa and the Near East (300-1500), including over 4,500 journals, conference proceedings and exhibition catalogs.

Invaluable (formerly ArtFact) - A database of auction prices and catalog descriptions of objects sold at over 500 auction houses. Includes: antiques & fine art; estimated & sales prices; millions of photos; complete original descriptions; over 10 million objects.  A username and password is required for access--see the reference desk for the BGC Library's current password.

Iter - Gateway to Middle Ages and the Renaissance - A bibliography of interdisciplinary literature pertaining to the Middle Ages and Renaissance (400-1700).



Full Text Resources:

Accessible Archives - American history primary source materials: 19th-century books, newspapers, and periodicals such as the full text of Godey's Lady's Book, Frank Leslie's Weekly, Civil War letters and publications, African American newspapers and other local newspapers, and a growing list of county histories for each state in the US.

American Periodicals Series (APS) - A full-text resource for access to hundreds of early American magazines, newspapers, and popular and professional journals published 1740-1940.

AnthroSource - A website and search interface produced by the American Anthropological Association (AAA) that includes the full text of current and legacy content from journals published by the AAA.

Art and Architecture Archive - A full-text archive of magazines in the fields of art and architecture dating from the late-nineteenth century to the twenty-first, including Country Life, Apollo, American Craft and Craft Horizons. By ProQuest.

Arts + Architecture ProFILES (AAP) - A biographical dictionary of modern designers, craftspeople, artists and architects.  Part of the Arts:Search (formerly designinform) package.

ARTFL Project - Consists of nearly 2,000 texts in French, ranging from classical works of French litertaure to various kinds of nonfiction prose and technical writing. Genres include novels, verse, theater, journalism, essays, correspondence and treatises.

Berg Fashion Library - This database offers fully cross-searchable access to an expanding range of Berg content collections - including the Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress online, e-books, reference works, images and much more. Please note - the BGC does not subscribe to the Berg Fashion Library, but it is available via NYPL. You will be asked to enter your NYPL card number to access this resource.      

Cambridge Collections Online - Offers cross-searchable  online access to the Cambridge  Companions in Literature and Classics and the Cambridge Companions in Philosophy, Religion and Culture. Each collection is updated with new Companions on publication.

Cambridge Histories Online - Allows full-text online access to the renowned texts of the Cambridge Histories reference series, 250-plus volumes offering the most up to date and authoritative scholarly content on political, economic and social history and the philosophy and literature of selected countries and subjects.

The Chicago Manual Of Style Online - Full-text online version of the printed style guide, plus the Chicago Citation Quick Guide and Chicago Style Q&A.

Early English Books Online (EEBO) - Contains digital facsimile images of virtually every work printed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and British North America and works in English printed elsewhere from 1473-1700.

Early European Books Online - Contains digital facsimile images of rare and hard-to-access sources printed in Europe from the origin of printing to the end of the seventeenth century.

EBSCO Academic Search Premier - Provides full text for more than 3,460 scholarly publications covering academic areas of study including social sciences, humanities, education, computer sciences, engineering, language and linguistics, arts & literature, medical sciences, and ethnic studies. This database is updated on a daily basis.

ECCO (Eighteenth Century Collections Online) - Offers digital images of every page of significant English-language and foreign-language titles printed in the United Kingdom during the 18th century, as well as thousands from the Americas.  The BGC Library subscribes to Parts I and II of the database.

Encyclopedia of American Studies - The EAS is sponsored by the American Studies Association and has more than 800 online, searchable articles and accompanying bibliographies, related websites, illustrations, and supplemental material covering the history, philosophy, arts, and cultures of the United States in relation to the world, from pre-colonial days to the present.

Gale NewsVault - A cross-searching experience for exploring Gale’s range of historical newspaper and periodical collections.

Historical New York Times - As part of the ProQuest Historical Newspapers program, this resource offers full-text and full-image articles from the New York Times dating back to the 18th century.  The complete paper, cover-to-cover, with full-page views and article images, is available.

JSTOR - A backfile of core journals in the arts and sciences, JSTOR contains millions of pages of high-quality PDFs of hundreds of academic journals.  The BGC's access to JSTOR is provided by Bard College, who subscribe to the Jewish Studies collection and  Arts & Sciences collections I-VIII.  Starting from a point that varies for each journal from three to seven years ago, JSTOR provides PDFs of issues from that point going backwards in time to the beginnings of each journal.

Lexis-Nexis - Provides full-text access to a wide range of news, business, legal, and reference information.

Making of America - A digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction from the collections of Cornell University and the University of Michigan.

MetPublications - A portal to all of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s digitized publications (exhibition catalogues, books, Bulletins, and Journals), currently offering nearly 650 titles published from 1964 to the present.

Newspaper Source - Provices full text for 238 sources, including 175 regional U.S. newspapers, 20 international newspapers, 15 newswires and newspaper columns, as well as 24 TV and radio news transcriptions.

Oxford Art Online - Offers online access to Grove Art Online (including the Grove Dictionary of Decorative Arts), the Oxford Companion to Western Art, the Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, and the Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms.  These texts cover all the visual arts from prehistory to the 1990's, and the online version provides fully searchable text, thousands of image links, and constant updates.

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (DNB) - An illustrated collection of more than 57,000 specially written biographies of noteworthy people from around the world in any walk of life who were connected with the British Isles and British history worldwide.

Oxford English Dictionary - The OED in online form.

Oxford Music Online - Includes the full-text of the printed edition, as well as the complete text of the Grove Dictionary of Opera. Updated quarterly. Covers classical music and musicology, and new schools of thought within musicology.

Patrologia Latina - An electronic version of Jacques-Paul Migne's Patrologia Latina, which comprises the works of the Church Fathers from Tertullian in 200 AD to the death of Pope Innocent III in 1216. The database contains the complete Patrologia Latina, including all prefatory material, original texts, critical apparatus and indexes.

Project Muse - Like JSTOR, Project Muse provides high-quality PDFs of issues of hundreds of academic journals, but while JSTOR provides the oldest issues of their journals up through a point that does not reach the present day, Project Muse provides only the very most recent issues of the journals it covers.

ReVIEW - Full-text nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century art journals including The Studio, Deutsche Kunst und Dekoration, and Art et Décoration. Part of the Arts:Search (formerly designinform) package.

The Times Digital Archive, 1785–2006 - From the publisher: "As the 'world’s newspaper of record,' The Times of London has covered all major international events from the French Revolution to the War in Iraq. The Times Digital Archive, 1785–2006 makes 221 years of this highly regarded resource available for researchers."

The Vogue Archive - A complete searchable archive of American Vogue, from the first issue in 1892 to the current month, reproduced in high-resolution color page images.  

The Women's Wear Daily Archive - In progress.  When completed in 2015, the database will be a comprehensive archive of Women’s Wear Daily, from the first issue in 1910 to material from within the last twelve months, reproduced in high-resolution images. As of September 2014, coverage is from 1950 to the present.

Image Resources:

ARTstor - ARTstor is a nonprofit digital library of more than one million images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and social sciences with a suite of software tools to view, present, and manage images for research and pedagogical purposes. Off-campus access requires having first created an account while on-campus.

Shared Shelf - The BGC's digital image collection, maintained by the VMR department, is presented on the Shared Shelf platform developed by ARTstor. Use your ARTstor account for access, and you can search all of  the BGC's image collections in tandem with all of ARTstor's collections.

Other Image Collections - VMR maintains a list of other excellent image resources on their website.

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