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Art Reference

Reference sources for Art research

Reference Sources

If you are beginning research on a new project, useful overviews and bibliographies can be found in Oxford Art Online and the Met Museum's Timeline of Art History. For art specific questions, use the Oxford Art Online, which includes the Grove Dictionary of Art.  For contextual information, including timelines, consult the Oxford Reference database.

Review Sources

Indexes for Art and Design journals

Use these databases to find journal articles on art and design topics.  

Newspaper Articles

Newspaper articles can be useful for locating reviews of exhibitions, artist interviews, and biographical information on artists.   You will need to use a variety of databases for complete coverage of newspaper articles. 

  • Lexis/Nexis Academic  
    Complete text of newspapers, magazines, newswires, transcripts of TV and radio news, trade publications, laws and court cases.
  • ProQuest Newsstand  
    Full text of U.S. and international news sources in newspaper and periodical formats, other news sources and newswires.
  • ProQuest Historical Newspapers: New York Times  
    Provides full-text, full image, cover-to-cover access to the New York Times from 1851 through 2005.

For access to the San Jose Mercury News, please use the San Jose Public Library's subscription via

Additional Indexes