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Art, Things, Spaces, and Places from the Renaissance to the Enlightment

Spring 2014

Listed in: Special Seminar, as COLQ-236; Nicola M. Courtright (Section 01)

Questions about research in this course? Contact Sara Smith.

  • Databases
  • Reference
  • Media
  • Primary Sources
  • Web Resources

Databases: Find articles, book chapters, e-books

Art Abstracts (1984 to present)
Index to leading English-language publications in the world of the arts.

ARTicles online ( (date coverage varies)
Index of art historical articles, compiled by the University Library of Regensburg (Germany).

Arts & Humanities Full Text
Full-text publications that focus on art, architecture, design, history, philosophy, music, literature, theatre and cultural studies.

BHA: Bibliography of the History of Art (1973 to present)
Bilingual database on the history of post-classical western art. Also includes RAA (Repertoire d'Art et d'Archeologie) from 1973 to 1989 and RILA (International Repertory of the Literature of Art) from 1975 to 1989.

Cambridge Histories Online
Provides political, economic and social history, philosophy and literature of selected countries and subjects.

EEBO: Early English Books Online (1473-1700)
Full text of over 125,000 titles listed in Pollard & Redgrave's Short-Title Catalogue (1475-1640), Wing's Short-Title Catalogue (1641-1700), and the Thomason Tracts (1640-1661).

Electronic Enlightenment (18th century)
Full text of over 53,000 letters and documents from the best critical editions.

Historical Abstracts (1955 to present)
Scholarly literature about world history since 1450 (excluding the United States and Canada).

International Bibliography of Art (IBA) (1973 to present)
Covers scholarly literature on western art including traditional visual arts as well as new media, architectural history, museum studies and conservation, archaeology, and classical studies.

Full-text backfiles of over one thousand leading academic journals across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. (Alumni access)

Project Muse
Online database of more than 200 journals from nonprofit publishers. (Alumni access)

Search thousands of library catalogs for books and more.


Encyclopedia Britannica Online
Standard general encyclopedia.

Gale Virtual Reference Library
70 reference e-books, including multivolume works like the Encyclopedia of Religion, American Decades, and more.

Oxford Art Online
Oxford Art Online is the access point for Grove Art Online, and other Oxford art reference works covering all forms of the visual arts: painting, sculpture, architecture, graphic and decorative arts, and photography from prehistory to the present.

The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists [electronic resource]

Grove Encyclopedia of Materials and Techniques in art (Online)


Amherst College Digital Collections

Image database including architecture, painting, sculpture, photography, decorative arts, and design as well as many other forms of visual culture.

Bridgeman Education
A visual resource offering digital images of art, history, and culture from museums, galleries, private collections, and contemporary artists.

Primary Sources

Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO) (1701-1800)
Page images and full-text searching for more than 136,000 key English- and foreign-language titles printed in Great Britain during the 18th century, based on the English Short Title Catalogue.

Web Resources

Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History
A chronological, geographical, and thematic exploration of global art history represented in the Metropolitan Museum of Art's collections

Metropolitan Museum of Art Collections database

The Rhode Island Furniture Archive at the Yale University Art Gallery