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Art: Web Resources

This guide will help find resources with an art emphasis

Web sites for Art and Art History

There are excellent web resources for art and art history research and study. Many national museums and libraries have online collections, so you will find other relevant resources by searching the Internet for museums in specific countries. The resources linked below were chosen specifically for excellent visual content, but include only resources in English.

Evaluating web resources

Evaluating websites and other resources is important to ensure that the sources you are using are credible and accurate.

The CRAAP Test is very easy to remember and can be used to check the currency, relevance, authority, accuracy and purpose of resources being used for papers and assignments.

The CRAAP Test includes a list of questions that can be used to evaluate information that you find. This is particularly important in the evaluation and use of websites.

Currency: the timeliness of the information

  • When was the information published or posted?
  • Has the information been revised or updated?
  • Is the information current or out-of-date for your topic?
  • Are the links functional?

Relevance: the importance of the information for your needs

  • Does the information relate to your topic or answer your question?
  • Who is the intended audience?
  • Is the information at an appropriate level (i.e. not too elementary or advanced for your needs)?
  • Have you looked at a variety of sources before determining this is one you will use?
  • Would you be comfortable using this source for a research paper?

Authority: the source of the information

  • Who is the author/publisher/source/sponsor?
  • Are the author’s credentials or organizational affiliations given?
  • What are the author’s credentials or organizational affiliations given?
  • What are the author’s qualifications to write on the topic?
  • Is there contact information, such as a publisher or e-mail address?
  • Does the URL reveal anything about the author or source?
    examples: .com (commercial), .edu (educational), .gov (U.S. government), .org (nonprofit organization), or .net (network)

Accuracy: the reliability, truthfulness, and correctness of the content, and

  • Where does the information come from?
  • Is the information supported by evidence?
  • Has the information been reviewed or refereed?
  • Can you verify any of the information in another source or from personal knowledge?
  • Does the language or tone seem biased and free of emotion?
  • Are there spelling, grammar, or other typographical errors?

Purpose: the reason the information exists

  • What is the purpose of the information? to inform? teach? sell? entertain? persuade?
  • Do the authors/sponsors make their intentions or purpose clear?
  • Is the information fact? opinion? propaganda?
  • Does the point of view appear objective and impartial?
  • Are there political, ideological, cultural, religious, institutional, or personal biases?

Online Encyclopedias

Reference online

Here are some excellent online reference resources you can access from the Dixie State University Library Article Database page.

Academic Search Premier (EBSCOhost)
A scholarly, multi-disciplinary, database; with full text coverage of 4600 journals in a range of subjects. This database is a good starting place for almost any topic search.

Art Full Text (WilsonWeb)
Full text coverage from the Wilson database of periodicals and journals of articles on art, architecture and archaeology throughout the world.

Arts & Humanities Citation Index (Web of Science)
Citation index that provides consolidated searching of a social science citation index, art and humanities citation index and multi disciplinary databases—may be searched by author, title, subject, and topic. These are citations of usage, not full text and will be useful primarily to upper division students and faculty doing research.

Curated collections of art images and associated data for scholarly use. Includes links to art images in museum collections and reference materials.

A scholarly journal archive that provides image and full text access to archival (more than 5 years old) scholarly journals in a wide variety of subject areas.

MasterFILE Premier (EBSCOhost) 
        Multidisciplinary database designed for public libraries that covers virtually every subject area of general interest.
        Provides the full text of nearly 500 books, 164,400 primary source documents, and 1,700 other general reference
publications as well as a large image collection of photos, maps and flags.

Oxford Art Online 
      This database includes the Grove Dictionary of Art, Oxford Companion to Western Art, links to Images from ARTstor.

Project MUSE 
      Provides full-text access to a selection of humanities and social sciences journals.