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When accessing subscription databases from off-campus, you will be asked to sign in using your campus username and password. If you have any problems accessing library resources from off campus, please contact Rebecca Ciota or Tony Lewis.

Background Information

Frick Collection Art History Research Databases
Art history databases maintained by the Frick Collection in New York City. Includes The Archives Directory for the History of Collecting in America, The Frick Digital Image Archive, The Montias Database of 17th Century Dutch Art Inventories, and Spanish Artists from the Fourth to the Twentieth Century: A Critical Dictionary.

Newspaper and Magazine Articles

New York Times and Index Resource contains newspapers
The New York Times is one of the leading news providers in the U.S. This link goes to a page with options for accessing the New York Times in the Grinnell College Libraries.


Academic OneFile Restricted Resource
This database offers a comprehensive, up-to-date, and easy-to-use resource for serious academic research. Includes nearly 14,000 indexed periodicals and journals covering the physical sciences, technology, medicine, social sciences, the arts, theology, literature, and other many subjects in a variety of languages. Full-text articles are available in either PDF or HTML formats.
JSTOR Restricted Resource Resource is highly recommended
Digital repository of complete full-text backfiles of several hundred scholarly journals in the Arts & Sciences, Health & General Sciences, and Ecology & Botany, except for the most recent two to five years.
Project MUSE Restricted Resource
Access to the full text of approximately 350 scholarly electronic journals in the arts & humanities, social sciences, and mathematics.
Scripta Sinica Restricted Resource
The largest full-text Chinese database with digitized materials pertaining to the classics of traditional Sinology. An excellent resource for researching the history and culture of China.
ARTbibliographies Modern Restricted Resource
Online bibliographical database providing full abstracts of journal articles, books, essays, exhibition catalogs, dissertations, and exhibition reviews on all forms of modern and contemporary arts dating from the late 19th century onwards.
Bibliography of the History of Art
1975–2007. Index and abstracts (in French or English) of the literature on European and American art from late antiquity to the present, covering over 1,200 journals. Freely available from the Getty Research Institute.
Early English Books Online – Text Creation Partnership Restricted Resource
EEBO-TCP is a partnership with ProQuest and over 150 libraries to generate highly accurate, fully searchable, SGML/XML-encoded texts corresponding to books from the Early English Books Online database.
Humanities Source Restricted Resource
Offers worldwide full-text content pertaining to literary, scholarly, and creative thought. Covers the most noted scholarly sources in the humanities and includes feature articles, interviews, obituaries, bibliographies, original works of fiction, book reviews, and reviews of ballets, dance programs, motion pictures, musicals, operas, plays, and much more.
Films on Demand – Humanities and Social Sciences Collection Restricted Resource Resource contains video
Streaming video for thousands of full-length videos and video clips in subject areas including anthropology, art & architecture, communications, education, English & language arts, history, music, philosophy & religion, political science, psychology, sociology, and world languages.
Filmakers Library Online Restricted Resource Resource contains video
Provides award-winning documentaries with relevance across the curriculum—race and gender studies, human rights, globalization and global studies, multiculturalism, international relations, criminal justice, the environment, bioethics, health, political science and current events, psychology, arts, literature, and more. 
Readers' Guide Retrospective: 1890–1982 Restricted Resource
Provides indexing of general-interest periodicals published in the United States, including full coverage of the Readers’ Guide to Periodical Literature. Reflects the history of the 20th century, offering access to information about history, culture, and seminal developments across nine decades.

Historical Newspapers and Magazines

New York Times Historical (1851-2015) Restricted Resource Resource contains images Resource contains newspapers
Complete online access (including advertisements) to the full text of the New York Times from 1851 to 2015. For current access, see U.S. Newsstream, LexisNexis Academic, and other sources, or go to the New York Times Subject Guide for instructions on registering for a free account.
Times Digital Archive [London Times] Restricted Resource Resource contains newspapers
Fully searchable access to the complete backfile of The Times of London, including text, images, editorials, and advertisements.
Le Monde
1944 to the present

Library Catalogs

Grinnell College Libraries
Books, media, Web sites, databases, art work, and more.
European Library
Designed to meet the needs of the research community worldwide, this online portal offers quick and easy access to the collections of the 48 National Libraries of Europe and leading European Research Libraries. Users can cross-search and reuse over 28,000,000 digital items and 175,000,000 bibliographic records. To facilitate further research, links are also provided to other websites in the Europeana group.
Center for Research Libraries
A consortium of North American universities, colleges, and independent research libraries that acquires and preserves traditional and digital resources for research and teaching.
Art Discovery Group Catalogue
This group catalogue, launched in May 2014, offers an art-focused research experience within the WorldCat environment. The catalogues of many important art libraries worldwide are searchable alongside additional content from a multitude of additional sources, promising more comprehensive results in a global setting.
Gallica: Bibliothèque Numérique
The online catalog for the Bibliothèque Nationale de France includes digitized versions of over 2 million texts, documents, and periodicals.


MuseumsEtc Collection Restricted Resource
A collection of electronic books on museum related topics from Exact Editions

Biographical Information

Biography and Genealogy Master Index Restricted Resource
This database indexes over 2,000 publications containing biographical information on noteworthy people, living and deceased, from all over the world. A wide range of fields of endeavor and periods of history are represented in its sources.


ARTstor Resource contains images
Searchable database of images applicable to many different times, cultures, and disciplines. Also includes local Physics and Botany image collections. Use individual log-in for off-campus access.
Faulconer Art in Digital Grinnell Resource contains images
The Grinnell College Museum of Art collection includes over 4000 works of art, featuring works on paper (prints, drawings, and photographs), many in portfolios. The collection spans Medieval to contemporary art, with a strength in 20th and 21st-century European and American art. The collection also includes paintings, sculptures, and ceramics, along with small holdings of African, Pueblo, Seri, and Near Eastern material. Faulconer Gallery in the Bucksbaum Center for the Arts serves as the museum's display space. A separate print room is located in Burling Library for study of the collection.
Google Image Search
Search images available on the World Wide Web.
Art Project, powered by Google Resource contains images Resource contains audio
Explore museums from around the world, discover and view hundreds of artworks at incredible zoom levels, and even create and share your own collection of masterpieces

Reference Resources

Grove Art Online Restricted Resource
Online art encyclopedia, covering all aspects of visual culture. Contains articles, bibliographies, learning resources, and searchable images made available through Oxford’s partnerships with museums, galleries, and other arts organizations. A version is also available in print at Burling reference.
Oxford Art Online Restricted Resource
Gateway to art research and access point for full-text Oxford art reference publications, including The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms, The Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, and The Oxford Companion to Western Art. Searchable database also includes specially commissioned articles and bibliographies.
St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture Restricted Resource
Includes over 3,000 essays written by subject experts and assembled into a consistent, readable, and straightforward alphabetical reference work. Entries cover the major areas of popular culture: art, dance, film, music, print culture, social life, sports, television and radio, theater, and more. Part of the Gale Virtual Reference Library.
Dictionary of Art / Jane Turner, ed.
Print Location: Burling 2nd N31 .D5 1996
With 6700 contributors it covers all aspects of the visual arts in all places at all times. Coverage includes biographical, geographical, philosophical, and theoretical information, as well as forms and themes, social aspects, and cultural influences. The entriesinclude useful bibliographies, and the vast array of images, including artworks and objects, architectural designs and archaeological sites, maps and charts.
Oxford Reference Online Restricted Resource Resource is highly recommended
Fully integrated and cross-searchable collection of over 135 academic dictionaries providing short-entry content, as well as many of Oxford’s encyclopedias and companions and other scholarly works.

Web sites

Centre for Contemporary Canadian Art, Canadian Art Database Project Resource contains images Resource contains video Resource contains audio
The Canadian Art Database Project, housed in the Faculty of Fine Arts at York University in Toronto, is a work in progress. It is the prime web resource that focuses on contemporary Canadian art production and the recent history of Canadian art. For the past several years, The Centre for Contemporary Canadian Art has been assembling a growing collection of previously inaccessible or hard-to-find, information on Canadian art in all media [images, texts, media works, and related ephemera] from a variety of sources across Canada into a fully searchable, bilingual, database. The ongoing project is documenting some important Canadian art institutions and organizations that have helped shape the Canadian art scene since the 1960s, along with the careers of some of Canada's leading professional artists, designers, art writers and curators.
The J. Paul Getty Museum, located in Los Angeles, California, provides many research tools through the Research Institute section of the website including the Art and Architecture Thesaurus; The Union List of Artists Names; and the Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names.
Art History Resources on the Web
1995–present. Organized collection of links to websites in many aspects of art history, created by Christopher L.C.E. Whitcombe, Professor of Art History at Sweet Briar College in Virginia.
Searchable online encyclopedia of art, including images. Also offers essays, news items, and a directory of Art Museums Worldwide.
National Gallery of Art
Provides digital images of artwork and descriptive articles about the materials in the U.S. National Gallery of Art.
Web Gallery of Art
A virtual museum and searchable database of European painting and sculpture of the Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque periods (1100-1850), currently containing over 17.300 reproductions.
Europeana Resource contains images Resource contains audio links you to more than 50 million digital items, including images, texts, sounds, and video. Some of these are world famous; others are hidden treasures from Europe's museums and galleries, archives, libraries, and audio-visual collections.

Style and Citation Guides

Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL) MLA Guide
A guide to MLA style and formatting created and maintained by Purdue University. Note APA and Chicago style and formatting details and for creating annotated bibliographies are also available.
Chicago Manual of Style (online) Restricted Resource
Completely searchable and easy to use, providing quick answers to your style and editing questions. The Chicago Manual of Style Online also provides convenient tools, such as sample forms, letters, and style sheets, along with fully searchable Q&A content.
Chicago Manual of Style
Print Location: Reserves Z253 .U69 2010
On permanent reserve at Burling and Kistle.
MLA style manual and guide to scholarly publishing / Joseph Gibaldi
Print Location: Perm Reserve PN147 .G444 1998
This style guide is used frequently in the humanities.
Online research management, writing, and collaboration tool designed to help researchers at all levels easily gather, organize, store, and share all types of information and to instantly generate citations and bibliographies.

Resources at Grinnell

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