Visual Arts and Design Databases
(see also Film, Theater & Performing Arts,
[Indexes to Journals & Books]
[Online Images & Video]
[Online Books & Encyclopedias]
[Fashion & Costume]
[Also of Interest]
- Indexes to Journals and Books:
on the Web:
- The online public access catalog of Long Island University's
six campuses. This can be searched from any computer. No password is needed.
- American Juvenile
- A research collection of children's fiction,
folklore, and fairy tales printed in North America, covering the years
1910-1960. The AJC continues the gathering of children's books by
Christine B. Gilbert, that included fiction and non-fiction, mostly from Great Britain, published
before 1909. The AJC retains a few of them, especially appropriate
fiction titles. This can be searched from any computer. No password is needed.
- Online Images and Video:
- Art and Architecture Video
(Alexander Street Press)
- A collection of documentaries and interviews that illustrate the history, theory,
and practice of art, design, architecture, and other art forms to enhance understanding of
visual media and provide the context necessary for critical analysis. Faculty can create
annotated playlists, select clips, and link directly to them from their websites or online syllabi.
(Andrew W. Mellon Foundation)
- A digital library of approximately 700,000 images in the areas of art, architecture, the humanities,
and social sciences, covering many time periods and cultures, to support a wide range of
educational and scholarly activities. Includes a set of tools to view, present, and manage
images for research and pedagogical purposes. Comprised of contributions from museums,
individual photographers, scholars, special collections at libraries, and photo archives.
& Television Literature Index (Ebsco)
- Comprehensive database covering the entire spectrum of
television & film in popular, scholarly, trade, technical,
and international publications.
Includes an Image Collection, provided by the Motion Picture & Television Archives, that
contains over 24,000 classic color and black & white images of celebrity and entertainment photography.
- Online Encyclopedias and Books:
Art Online (Oxford)
- Formerly Grove Art Online, this provides access to the full text of the
34 volume Grove Dictionary of Art, as well
as the Oxford Companion to Western Art, the
Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms, and the
Encyclopedia of Aesthetics.
It contains over 45,000 articles on every aspect of the visual arts, painting,
sculpture, graphic arts, architecture, decorative arts, and
photography from prehistory to the present day including over 1,500 thumbnail
art images and line drawings. Compiled over a
period of 15 years, with ongoing additions of
new and updated articles, it represents the work of more than 6,800
scholars from around the world, each writing on his or her own
specialist field of study. (User Guide)
and Humanities Through the Eras (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group)
- For each of the five major periods (Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece & Rome,
Medieval Europe, Renaissance Europe, and the Baroque & Enlightenment), it discusses
architecture & design, dance, fashion, literature, music, philosophy, religion, theater,
and visual arts, profiling milestones, movements, masterworks, and schools of thought in
relation to each other, as well as to history and culture. Includes an overview of each
period with a chronology of major world events and biographical profiles of pioneers, masters,
and other prominent figures in the field.
- Specific Topics:
Novels Core Collection: A Selection Guide (Wilson/Ebsco)
- For collection development, readers' advisory, curriculum support, and selection and
purchasing, this database highlights approximately 2,000 recommended titles with descriptive and
evaluative annotations (including review excerpts and awards the title has won), plus cover art.
Standards for rating material by age appropriateness are strictly applied, plus all titles are searchable
by author, title, subject, genre, and grade level.
Survey of Graphic Novels: Heroes and Superheroes (Salem Press)
- Despite the subtitle, this provides reviews of 136 graphic novels in all genres.
Each review covers publication history, plot, volumes, characters, artistic style, themes, and impact.
- Historical Periods:
Renaissance (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group)
- Presents the people, places and times that defined an era and documents
the launch of cultural development among African Americans in 1920s Harlem. Emphasizes
literature but also covers music, performing arts, visual arts, and nightlife. Includes
almanac and biographies sections with primary source documents
in sidebars throughout.
An Encyclopedia for Students (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group)
- This set has been prepared especially for nonspecialists, focusing on the
Renaissance-era topics that are most studied in art, literature, economics, science, and
world history classes. Entries cover a range of topics, such as Florence, Galileo,
heraldry, Medici family, opera, piracy, Shakespeare, Leonardo Da Vinci, and many others.
Includes a master chronology with topical timelines, a bibliography with age-appropriate
further reading sources, and a comprehensive index.
- Fashion and Costume:
Fashion (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group)
- Covers individual designers, fashion houses, and many facets
of the fashion world throughout the 20th and 21st centuries.
of Clothing and Fashion (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group)
- Covers clothing and different forms of body adornment - including
makeup, tattoos, and piercing - examining the origins of clothing, the development of
fabrics & technologies, the social meanings of dress, costumes from a wide variety
of historical eras, histories of specific garments, techniques & manufacturing, and
important persons & institutions. Discusses contexts of class, gender, sumptuary
laws, as well as advertising, fashion careers, uniforms; costume design for stage &
screen, and more. Includes a timeline.
Costume, and Culture: Clothing, Headwear, Body Decorations, and Footwear through the Ages (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group)
- Provides a broad overview of costume traditions of diverse cultures from prehistoric
times to the present day, examining more than 430 items of human decoration and adornment. Explores
how and why items were created, the people who made them, their uses, and how clothing reflects the
different cultural, religious, and societal beliefs.
Buying Apparel (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group)
- Examines how much Americans spend on getting dressed by demographics
such as: age, income, high-income households, household type, race and Hispanic origin,
region of residence, and education. Also presents who-are-the-best-customers analyses of
the data, showing the demographics of spending at a glance.
- Also of Interest:
Encyclopedia of World History (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group)
- Encyclopedic reference presenting a connected, holistic view of world
history, emphasizing cultural contact and social change over time and place; comparisons
across time and place; and extensive coverage of arts, literature, religion, and science.
Includes 550 articles written by historians, archaeologists, anthropologists, sociologists,
geographers, and other experts from around the world.
James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture (GVRL) (InfoTrac/Gale Group)
- Covers the culture of mass appeal - all the experiences in life shared by a
people in common as well as those things created for the majority to be easily understandable
and accessible (often disseminated by the mass media) to them. Includes: social life, music,
print, film, television, radio, sports, art, performance, food, fashion, holidays, hairstyles, and
more, emphasizing American popular culture in the second half of the 20th century. Each entry
analyzes the topic and its significance within the broader cultural context.
Database descriptions are adapted from each database's website.
NOVEL (New York Online Virtual
Electronic Library) is a statewide virtual library provided free to
the public by the New York State Library.
It is currently a pilot project funded through a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA)
grant to the NY State Library by the Federal Institute of
Museum and Library Services (IMLS).
HTML by Robert Delaney