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  • Oxford Art Online
    Scholarly art encyclopedia. Best first place to go for all art topics. Signed articles and bibliography, includes images. Included in this database are Encyclopedia of Esthetics and Benezit Artists Biographical Index.
  • Comprehensive Art Database Search (Ebsco combined search)
    Combined search of 1) Art & Architecture Complete, 2) Art Full Text, and 3) Art Index Retrospective. Duplicate entries automatically elminiates. Most powerful single art search available.
  • Art & Architecture Complete
    Full-text of major art serials including some architecture. For art alone, Art Full Text is more comprehensive; for Architecture, Avery Index is more comprehensive.
  • ARTbibliographies Modern
    Primary citation index for articles on 19th- 20th- and 21st century art. Strong on photography, performance art. Unique in that it indexes individual essays in exhibition catalogs.
  • Art Full Text
    Full text plus abstracts and indexing of an international art journals, 1984-present. Subjects covered include: Advertising Art, Antiques, Archaeology, Architecture and Architectural History, Art History, Computers in Art, Crafts, Decorative Arts, Fashion Design, Folk Art, Graphic Arts, Industrial Design,
  • Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals
    Architectural periodical index. Include plans, schematics, engineering, architectural history and historic preservation. From Columbia University.
  • Art Index Retrospective
    Art journal articles (citations, with Duke links to full text in some cases), 1929-1983.
  • LexisNexis Academic
    Full-text access to U.S. and international newspapers, radio and television transcripts; 1980s-present. Excellent for art and performance reviews, exhibition critiques; donor announcements and art sales.
  • Index to 19th-century American Art Periodicals
    Journal article (citations) for art periodicals published in the United States in the nineteenth century.
  • Francis
    International humanities indexing source, strong on art.
  • Arts & Humanties Search (Web of Knowledge)
    Immense database of citations (only) from humanitie sources. Unique in that it allows searching by article cited in a footnote. More difficult to use than other databases.
  • ARTnet.com
    Art auction index. FREE TO DUKE USERS if you go through the Duke Proxy catalog. Includes images, prices paid or buy-ins.
  • Bibliography of the History of Art (BHA)
    Closed database of arts periodicals, 1973-1989. Broad and comprehensive index for those range of years in the arts.

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