Art Collections

The collections listed here include high-quality and, in some cases, high-definition digital images for educational use. Find your chosen image and related images from the same artist or art movement.

Artstor (ITHAKA)  Tutorial  Access Instructions
Provides access to a large library of high-resolution digital images from museums and archives. The multi-disciplinary collection includes digital copies of fashion plates, cartoons, posters, post cards, book illustrations, botanical and wildlife illustrations, technical illustrations, museum objects, and photo journalism, besides the expected artwork.

Philadelphia Museum of Art
Houses a world-renowned art collection. Features an online collection database with images of artwork from the collection.

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA)
Founded in 1805, the Academy is America's first school and museum of fine arts with a world-class collection of American art. A catalog of the collection with images of selected artwork is available online.

Arts & Culture (Google)
Features online access to the world’s art and culture in collaboration with cultural institutions and artist from around the world. Explores individual artists, art movements, and much more.

Getty Open Content Program
Features over 100,000 digital images from the J. Paul Getty Museum and the Getty Research Institute.

Philadelphia Area Artists

The Library’s biographical dictionaries of American artists are not available while the building remains closed. A list of Philadelphia area artists with links to short biographies is available on Wikipedia. Beware of the reference lists that accompany these biographies. They typically do not include peer-reviewed journals articles and are often outdated. Resources included on those lists may currently not be available if they have only been published in print. Major deceased American artists will be included in the American National Biography Online which features outstanding short biographies and excellent bibliographies.

American National Biography Online (Oxford University Press)
Presents authoritative biographies of influential people who lived in what is now the United States. Covers only deceased subjects. Includes portraits, if available, and bibliographies with citations to works by and about featured individuals.

African American Studies Center (Oxford University Press)
Contains a selection of information sources ranging from the authoritative Encyclopedia of African American History to the African American National Biography project.

Scholarly Analysis and Criticism

With the exception of the Books & Media catalog and Oxford Bibliographies, resources indexed in the research databases below are mostly available online either directly or through interlibrary loan. Use the findit link to generate interlibrary loan requests.

Books & Media
Books are an important source of critical literature. Take advantage of the search options available in the library's catalog. Start with a keyword search and use the hyper-linked Library of Congress subjects to focus your search results. Alternatively, use available facets such as topic and language to narrow search results. Subject searches can significantly increase or decrease search results. Use the Online collection facet to limit results to ebooks.

JSTOR
Provides a full text archive of academic journals and books in the humanities, social sciences, and mathematics. The most recent three to five years of a journal are usually not included.

Art Full Text (EBSCO)  Tutorial
Indexes the contents of academic journals and magazines in the fields of fine and decorative arts, architecture, and photography. Includes citations for dissertations, book reviews, and art reproductions published in indexed journals. Abstracts are available back to 1984 with selective full text available back to 1995.

Art Index Retrospective: 1929-1984 (EBSCO)
Indexes the contents of academic journals and magazines in the fields of fine and decorative arts, architecture, and photography. Includes citations for dissertations, book reviews, and art reproductions published in indexed journals.

Articles & More Search
This page enables you to search millions of full text articles and other electronic resources available through the Falvey Memorial Library. While it doesn't provide access to everything the library has to offer, it is an excellent starting point for your searches. Check Limit to articles from peer-reviewed journals to focus on scholarly journal articles.

Oxford Bibliographies (Oxford University Press)  Tutorial
Presents peer-reviewed, annotated bibliographies and expert commentary on current scholarship in selected disciplines including Art History. Some of the recommended resources may currently not be available.

Contemporary Reception

Limit search results to the years when the artwork was first exhibited to discover contemporary art reviews of your selected artwork. Use the artist's birth and death dates if the year of the first exhibition is not available.

American Periodicals (ProQuest)
Provides access to the full text of American magazines and journals published from the colonial period to the early 20th century.

New York Times: 1851- (ProQuest Historical Newspapers)
Provides full text access to the complete New York Times archive except for the most current three years. Use Nexis Uni or ABI/INFORM for access to current content.

Philadelphia Inquirer, 1860-2009 (ProQuest Historical Newspapers)
Provides full text access to the complete Philadelphia Inquirer archive up to 2009. Use Philadelphia Inquirer (NewsBank) for access to current content.

Art Full Text (EBSCO)  Tutorial
Indexes the contents of peer-reviewed journals and magazines in the fields of fine and decorative arts, architecture, and photography. Abstracts are available back to 1984 with selective full text available back to 1995.

Art Index Retrospective: 1929-1984 (EBSCO)
Indexes the contents of academic journals and magazines in the fields of fine and decorative arts, architecture, and photography. Includes citations for dissertations and book reviews.

Chicago Style Formatting

The Citation Quick Guide linked below includes formatting examples for the most commonly used types of resources. Note that Chicago Style does not use in-text parenthetical citations. Instead it uses superscript numbers positioned at the end of a sentence or a paragraph to insert notes with references at the end of the paper (endnotes) or at the bottom of the page (footnotes). Many resources listed on this page generate Chicago Style citations. These are typically references formatted for the bibliography. Some reformatting is required for notes. Carefully proof-read them as they may include mistakes.

Chicago Manual of Style Online
The 17th edition of the Manual is the most current. The online version includes a Citation Quick Guide. Access to the 16th edition is also available.