Art and Art History

Finding Books

In each catalog use a 'word' search to find relevant books. Click on or search by the 'subject' field of the relevant item to find similar items.
  • Akron-Summit County Public Library Catalog
  • netLibrary - Online books on many subjects. For off-campus access, first create a personal netLibrary account while on campus.
  • OhioLINK
  • Project Gutenberg - Thousands of classic books from the start of this century and previous centuries. This collection adds an electronic book per day to its list.
  • UA Libraries Catalog
  • WorldCAT - A combined catalog of libraries from around the world. When you find an item you want, check to see if it is available in the UA Libraries Catalog or OhioLINK. If not, request the item with ILLiad.

Finding Articles

There are no articles in The UA Libraries Catalog or OhioLINK. You must search the following databases to find articles on your topic. Use a 'keyword' search to locate a relevant article, then use the 'subject' field to locate similar items. When you find an article in any database you must check The UA Libraries Catalog for the journal title. If Akron does not have the article you need, you must request the article with ILLiad.
  • Academic Search Complete - Academic Search Complete, designed specifically for academic institutions, is the world's most valuable and comprehensive scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database, with more than 5,300 full-text periodicals, including 4,400 peer-reviewed journals. In addition to full text, this database offers indexing and abstracts for more than 9,300 journals and a total of 10,900 publications including monographs, reports, conference proceedings, etc. The database features PDF content going back as far as 1865, with the majority of full text titles in native (searchable) PDF format.
  • Art Full Text - Indexes several hundred international journals plus yearbooks and museum bulletins on art including archaeology, architecture, city planning, crafts, films, graphic arts, industrial design, landscape architecture, museology, and photography. The electronic counterpart to the printed Art Index. 1929- present. Updated monthly.
  • FRANCIS - Index to multilingual, multidisciplinary information in the humanities, social sciences, and economics.
  • Humanities Full-Text - Contains full text for over 550 journals of interest in art, philosophy, history, communications, and general interest.
  • Humanities International Complete - Humanities International Complete is a comprehensive database of humanities content, providing full text of hundreds of journals, books and other published sources from around the world. Produced by Whitston Publishing (an imprint of EBSCO Publishing), this database includes all data from American Humanities Index and Humanities International Index (over 1.6 million records) plus unique full text content.
  • Index to 19th Century American Art Periodicals - Index to articles from 42 art journals published in 19th century U.S.

Related Subject Areas

  • America: History and Life - America: History and Life is a comprehensive bibliography of articles on the history and culture of the United States and Canada from prehistory to the present. AHL offers abstracts and citations for articles appearing in over 2,000 journals published worldwide in history, related humanities, and the social sciences. Coverage also includes citations to book reviews from approximately 100 major journals of American history and culture and relevant dissertations from Dissertation Abstracts International.
  • Anthropology Plus - Anthropology Plus provides extensive worldwide indexing of journal articles, reports, commentaries, edited works, and obituaries in the fields of social, cultural, physical, biological, and linguistic anthropology, ethnology, archaeology, folklore, material culture, and interdisciplinary studies.
  • ArticleFirst - Index to articles from over 12,000 journals.
  • Film & Television Literature Index - Film & Television Literature Index is a comprehensive bibliographic database covering the entire spectrum of television and film writing. It has been designed for use by a diverse audience that includes film scholars, college students, and general viewers. Subject coverage includes film & television theory, preservation & restoration, writing, production, cinematography, technical aspects, and reviews.
  • Garden, Landscape, & Horticulture Index - Garden, Landscape & Horticulture Index™ (GLHI) is the premier resource for access to articles about plants and gardens. Topics include horticulture, garden and landscape design and history, botany, ecology, plant and garden conservation, garden management, and horticultural therapy. This index and abstract product is designed for gardening enthusiasts, professionals, and students of horticulture and of garden and landscape design and history. Indexed and abstracted are more than 300 core titles, the majority of which are published in English.
  • Hand Press Book Database - Catalog of European printing of the hand-press period.
  • Historical Abstracts - Index and abstracts to articles covering world history from 1450 to present (excluding U.S. and Canada). Includes or has links to full text.
  • Infotrac Full-Text Articles (1,000 Journals) - Index to citations in 1,000 journals with full-text access to almost 900 journals. Covers many subject areas at the undergraduate level. Includes or has links to full text.
  • Religion Index (ATLA) - Index to journal articles, book reviews, and collections of essays in all fields of religion.
  • Sanborn Maps - Large-scale street plans of Ohio communities, produced by the Sanborn Fire Insurance company from 1867-1970.

Finding Full-Text Journals Online

Many scholarly journals are offered in full-text. Use the following to locate full-text journals.
  • A to Z List (E-Journal Portal) - Find full-text electronic journals available at The University of Akron. Search for title words/phrases or browse individual collections.
  • EJC - Full text of 6000+ research journals. Includes or has links to full text.
  • JSTOR - The JSTOR archive holds the complete digitized back runs of core scholarly journals, starting with the very first issues, some dating as far back as the 1600s. New titles and disciplines are being added regularly. Issues of journals are never “out”; they are always accessible, and in excellent condition. The capacity for searching across disciplines opens up vast possibilities for scholarship and research.

Reference Resources

Biographical Information

  • Biography and Genealogy Master Index - Biography and Genealogy Master Index indexes current, easily accessible references sources, as well as important retrospective works that cover individuals, both living and deceased, from every field of activity and from all areas of the world. Searching Biography and Genealogy Master Index Online enables you to quickly determine which (of more than 1,700) publications you need to consult for accurate and accessible biographical information. No matter what famous (or infamous) person you\'re looking for, you should find them here — the total number of biographical sketches indexed now exceeds 15 million.

Dictionaries and Encyclopedias


Images and Other Media

  • AccuNet/AP Multimedia Archive - The Associated Press Photo Archive is an electronic library containing the current photos and a selection of pictures from their 50 million image print and negative library. It contains roughly 750,000 of the AP’s best pictures.
  • ARTstor - ARTstor is a rich digital library that offers coherent collections of art images and descriptive information as well as the software tools to enable active use of the collections. The ARTstor Library's initial content includes approximately 500,000 images covering art, architecture and archeology. ARTstor's software tools support a wide range of pedagogical and research uses including: viewing and analyzing images through features such as zooming and panning, saving groups of images online for personal or shared uses, and creating and delivering presentations both online and offline. This community resource will be made available solely for educational and scholarly uses that are noncommercial in nature.
  • Corbis
  • Digital Media Center - OhioLINK - Several databases of electronic images or videos; will eventually also include sound, numeric data, and other types of electronic media.
  • Digital Video Collection - OhioLINK - Digital videos covering many subjects. Currently includes videos from the distributor Films for the Humanities and Sciences.
  • Google Image Finder
  • Web Gallery of Art
  • World Art Treasures