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Essential Research Tools

Art Index

This resource covers fine, decorative, and commercial art, as well as photography, folk art, film and architecture. Includes expanded Latin American, Canadian, Asian, and non-Western art. In addition to articles, this database indexes reproductions of works of art that appear in indexed periodicals.

1984–current | Citations only | More info

Academic Search Premier

Large, scholarly, multi-disciplinary database. Over 300 journals are specifically focused on art and design. 

1975–current | Some full text


OCLC’s Catalog of Art Museum Images Online is a growing online collection documenting works of art from around the world, representing the collections of prominent museums. CAMIO highlights the creative output of cultures around the world, from prehistoric to contemporary times, and covers the complete range of expressive forms. (From OCLC FirstSearch)

Digital Public Library of America

Provides an ” open, distributed network of comprehensive online resources that draw on the nation’s living heritage from libraries, universities, archives, and museums in order to educate, inform, and empower everyone in current and future ­generations.” National portal to digital holdings of archives, libraries, museums, and cultural institutions.


Provides access to scholarly journals and books. Our collection (Arts & Sciences 1-IV and VII) includes over 700 titles in art and art history.

1800s–current | Some full text

New York Times

Search for full text newspaper articles. Good for art reviews and happenings.(from ProQuest)

1980–current | Full text

Project MUSE

Comprehensive source for scholarly journals and books. Project MUSE covers the fields of literature and criticism, history, the visual and performing arts, cultural studies, education, political science, religion, gender studies, economics, and many others.

Some full text | More info



Also Useful

Expanded Academic ASAP

Gale®’s premier database for research in all the academic disciplines. Provides over 5,300 journal titles many of which are in full text. Some 3,800 journals are peer-reviewed. 

1980–current | Some full text

Google Scholar

Google Scholar provides a simple way to search for scholarly literature. When accessing this database through the link provided here you will find free connections to the pay for view materials that are located in our subscription sources. Just click on “Find Full Text @SMU.” See also the Google Scholar Blog for citation metrics.

Some full text, some pay for view


Access to over 500 national and international newspapers. Includes full text for the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. (from ProQuest)

Some full text

New York Public Library Digital Collection

Explore 677,429 items digitized from The New York Public Library’s collections. This site is a living database with new materials added every day, featuring prints, photographs, maps, manuscripts, streaming video, and more.


Union catalog of digital resources. Includes digitized books and articles, born-digital texts, audio files, images, movies, and datasets. (From OCLC FirstSearch)

Catalog records


From OCLC, the largest, most comprehensive catalog of books and other materials, with records from over 55,000 libraries worldwide. Materials found in WorldCat may be borrowed through our interlibrary loan program. (From OCLC FirstSearch)

Catalog records



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