Skip to Main Content

Fine Art

Liaison Librarian

Profile Photo
Cory Laverty

Key Art Indexes & Databases

For 1907-1984 coverage see: Art Index Retrospective
Index to scholarly journal articles on art and related disciplines (anthropology, architecture, design, video art, etc.). Emphasis is on Western art. Can be searched simultaneously with Art Index Retrospective.
Index to scholarly art journals and other materials published prior to 1985. Can be searched simultaneously with Art Abstracts.
Citations and abstracts to journal articles, books, essays, exhibition catalogs, dissertations, and exhibition reviews on modern and contemporary arts dating from the late 19th century onwards, including photography since its invention.
Comprehensive index to articles on architecture and design published in scholarly and popular-press American and international journals.
Comprehensive index to European and American art from late antiquity to the present. Abstracts books, articles, conference proceedings, essays, dissertations, exhibition and dealers’ catalogues. Covers painting, sculpture, drawing, prints, architecture, crafts, decorative, applied, graphic, folk and popular arts.
IBA succeeded the Bibliography of the History of Art (BHA) in 2008-09. Abstracts 500+ core journals, monographs, essay collections, conference proceedings and exhibition catalogues. Covers European art since late antiquity; American art since the colonial period; global art since 1945; fine art in all media; decorative arts and antiques; museum studies and conservation; archaeology and material culture; folk art; architectural history. 

Databases relevant to art

History of Canada, U.S., Latin America from pre-historic times to the present, covering journals, books and dissertations on history, culture, government and political science, ethnic studies, folklore, international relations and current affairs,archaeology; folklore; material culture; and interdisciplinary studies
Covers native North American culture, history, and life
CBCA (Canadian Business & Current Affairs) Canadian resource
Includes selective full text titles, covering current events, the arts, indigenous and Canadian studies, business, science, and academic information produced in Canada.
Full text in PDF format for most of the dissertations and theses added since 1997 and strong retrospective full text coverage for older graduate works
Interdisciplinary topics related to gender studies, including art
Comprehensive index for historical studies worldwide EXCLUDING the United States and Canada.
Journal Storage, the Scholarly Journal Archive full-text access to the entire "backrun" of many core academic journals in the humanities, social sciences, business, and law. There is a moving wall of 2-5 years before the current volume.

Art Image Tools

Artstor (digital image library for educational and scholarly uses. To use ARTstor to its full advantage (both on or off campus), you must first become a "registered user")
FADIS (Federated Academic Digital Imaging System: U. of T.'s shared image repository – User name: QLibrary ; Password: QLib11)

Important archive of medieval iconography, from Princeton University. Formerly known as Index of Christian Art. 

Oxford Art Online (includes Grove Art – limit 8 users)

Visual Streaming Tools

If the link does not work from here, go to the library homepage, click on Databases, and type the name of the database.

Digital Theatre Plus

Films on Demand

Globe on Screen (I & II - 2008-2015, 2016-2018)

Met Opera on Demand

Naxos Video Library - National Film Board's online Screening Room

Theatre in Video