Most history of art resources are found in the Arts and Social Sciences Library. Notable areas within the classification scheme include:
If you need an item which is not available anywhere in the library system here in print or online, you can use the Inter-Library Loans service to obtain it from another library. See the information below in the Inter-Library Loans section for details.
History of Art PhD and MA theses of staff and students of the Department, are available in the thesis collection in the Arts and Social Sciences Library. They may be consulted within the library, and you will need to complete a slip for each one. Please ask at the library welcome desk.
The Arts and Social Sciences Library contains a special collection of rare books.
The Inter-Library Loans (ILL) service can be used to obtain Items not held in print in the University libraries or available online. Items can be ordered via the Inter-library loans tab in Library Search.
All History of Art undergraduates and postgraduates should discuss their requirements with their supervisor before placing an ILL request. For undergraduates ILLs may be required for dissertations, but should not be required for coursework. If you are having difficulties with finding material for coursework please discuss with your subject librarian.
|A & A Art and Architecture||The A&A Art and Architecture Web site provides access to 40,000 digitised images of paintings, drawings and prints and photographs of architecture and sculpture from the Courtauld Institute's collections.|
|Arts on Film Archive||
Offers online access to a large range of films on art produced in the United Kingdom since the 1950s, and is a unique record of British and international post-war art, as well as of documentary film-making in the UK. Many titles in the collection contain rare material about individual artists, while others offer definitive coverage of their subject.
Please note: due to copyright restrictions the Arts Council England films can only be streamed to ac.uk domain addresses.
ARTstor is a nonprofit digital library of more than one million images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and social sciences with a suite of software tools to view, present, and manage images for research and pedagogical purposes. ARTstor collections comprise contributions from outstanding museums, photographers, libraries, scholars, photo archives, and artists and artists' estates.
Please note: users are required to register and set up a personal ARTstor account to download images and use other features of the service.
|BFI InView||BFI InView, from the British Film Institute, provides access to over 2,000 non-fiction film and television titles from the 20th century to the early 21st. Content is drawn from the holdings of the BFI National Archive and includes rarely seen government films, written documents, newsreels, TV documentaries, discussion programmes, and parliamentary recordings. InView is easily searchable, and organised under six main themes, each with an introductory essay by an academic historian.|
|Bibliography of the History of Art (BHA) and Répertoire de la litterature de l'art (RILA)||These citation databases, searchable together, cover material published between 1975 and 2007. The BHA includes articles from over 1,200 journals.The Getty Web site offers both basic and advanced search modules for BHA and RILA, and they can be searched easily by subject, artist, author, article or journal title, and other elements.|
|Grove Art Online||Provided via Oxford Art Online, this is the foremost scholarly art encyclopedia, covering both Western and non-Western art. It encompasses all aspects of visual culture, featuring articles about topics as varied as Fauvism and Frida Kahlo, bibliographies for further research, and thousands of searchable images. Grove Art is a living resource, with scholars and specialists from around the world continually reviewing and updating existing content and contributing new articles. The subscription also includes access to The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms, Encyclopaedia of Aesthetics, and The Oxford Companion to Western Art.|
|Index to 19th-Century American Art Periodicals||A searchable index of 42 art journals published in the U.S. during the 19th century. Contains articles, art notes, stories, poems and advertisements. Offers information on artists and illustrators, painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, architecture and design, exhibitions and sales, decoration, and collecting.|
|John Johnson Collection: an Archive of Printed Ephemera||This collection provides access to over 65,000 items selected from the Bodleian Library's John Johnson Collection of Printed Ephemera, offering unique insights into the changing nature of everyday life in Britain in the eighteenth, nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.|
|VADS (Visual Arts Data Service)||VADS is the online resource for visual arts. It has provided services to the academic community for many years and has built up a considerable portfolio of visual art collections comprising over 100,000 images that are freely available and copyright cleared for use in teaching, learning and research in the UK. VADS also offers advice and guidance to the visual arts research, teaching and learning communities on all aspects of digital resource management from funding, through delivery and use, to preservation.|
|Vogue Archive||Contains the entire run of Vogue magazine (US edition) from 1892 to the present day, reproduced in high-resolution color page images.The full run of past issues are included in the archive, constituting a treasure trove of the work from the greatest designers, photographers, stylists and illustrators of the 20th and 21st centuries. Vogue is a unique record of American and international popular culture that extends beyond fashion and is an essential primary source for the study of fashion, gender and modern social history – past, present and future. The archive is updated monthly with the current issue.|
|Web of Science - Core Collection||
The databases available within the Web of Science - Core Collection are:
Entries prior to 1981 do not include abstracts.
|Art Guide UK||Art Guide is a comprehensive Internet guide to the art collections of Great Britain and Ireland. Resources are organised by artist, by museum, and geographically. For each artist there is a list of their works and where they can be found; for each museum a list of outstanding works in the collection, an address, telephone number and links to other museums in the same region.|
|Artists’ Papers Register||An online register of papers and primary sources relating to artists, designers and craftspeople located in publicly accessible collections in the United Kingdom.|
|Box of Broadcasts (BoB) National||
Enables staff and students to record and watch whole broadcasts, create clips from new and archived TV and radio broadcasts, and embed them into Blackboard and presentations. There are over a million TV and radio programmes from more than 60 channels, including 10 foreign language channels.
BOB is made available only to users of UK HE/FE educational institutions (that are members of the BUFVC and holders of a valid ERA+ Licence) for their personal study, teaching and research. It is each user’s responsibility to ensure that the materials made available are used strictly within the terms and conditions of the licence.
|International Directory of Medievalists||Founded by FIDEM (Fédération Internationale des Instituts d'Etudes Médiévales) the International Directory of Medievalists enables users to search a database of medieval studies scholars in over 70 countries by name, field, country, and institution.|
|International Medieval Bibliography||Provides a comprehensive, current bibliography of articles in journals and miscellany volumes (conference proceedings, essay collections or Festschriften) worldwide since 1967. The IMB includes the Bibliographie de Civilisation Médiévale, covering more than 40,000 monographs, initially focused on the Central Middle Ages with a gradual expansion to the Early and Late Middle Ages.|
Note: some of the documents on this webpage are in PDF format. In order to view a PDF you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader
The following can act as a good starting point for discovering subject resources on the Internet.
The following resources constitute a selection of useful quick reference tools.
|The dictionary of art (34 vols.)||N33 DIC|
|Encyclopedia of world art||Oversize N31 ENC|
|Oxford companion to art||N33 OXF|
|Oxford companion to western art||N33 OXF|
|Oxford dictionary of art||N33 OXF|
|Thames and Hudson dictionary of art terms||N33 LUC|
|Thames and Hudson dictionary of art and artists||N33 THA|
|Thames and Hudson dictionary of design since 1900||NK1390 JUL|
|The concise Oxford dictionary of art and artists||N33 OXF|
|The Penguin dictionary of art and artists||N31 MUR|
|Yale dictionary of art and artists||N33 LAN|
|Enciclopedia dell'arte antica||Oversize PAN31 ENC|
|A dictionary of twentieth-century art||N6485.3 CHI|
|The Oxford dictionary of the Renaissance||CB361 CAM|
|Handbook of modern British painting and printmaking, 1900-1990||ND468 HAN|
|A dictionary of Russian and Soviet artists, 1420-1970||Oversize N6981 MIL|
|Dent dictionary of symbols in Christian art||N7830 SPE|
|Oxford companion to Christian art and architecture||N7830 MUR|
|Dictionary of women in religious art||N7793.W65 APO|
|Penguin dictionary of architecture and landscape architecture||NA31 FLE|
|A dictionary of architecture||NA31 CUR|
|International directory of arts. 24th ed. 1998/99||Serial N50.I6|
|Who's who in art. 27th ed. 1996||Serial N40.W5|
Literature references are often written with abbreviated terms. Probably the most troublesome are abbreviated journal titles which can make finding a journal difficult.
To help in your search for journal abbreviations you may find the following information sources useful:
If you are unable to find the title of an abbreviation you are looking for please ask a member of the Library staff for assistance.
EndNote is the University of Bristol's recommended bibliographical management software, which can be used to collect, store, organise and manage references, and to output them as reference lists or bibliographies. A particularly useful function is 'Cite While You Write', enabling you to format Word documents, producing bibliographies and adding references within the text.
Updated 14 January 2016 by the University Library
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