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Databases: Databases by subject

Key databases offered at SIA London

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     • SIA archives guide for many options


Art: historic and contemporary

Too many to list: please browse the A-Z tab of this guide.  Other useful databases include:  Archives of American Art: digital collections   ART-Dok   Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History  Modernist Journals Project    Union List of Artist Names 

  • Artists of the World Online (Thieme and Becker's Allgemeines Künstlerlexikon), Index of Medieval ArtRussian Avant-Garde Online available at British Library


Art law

IFAR: Art Law & Cultural Property   Nexis Uni

     • SIA art law guide for more options


Asian art
 Most general art databases have some coverage of Asian art, varying from excellent to reasonable.


Business and markets

ABI/INFORM Collection   ArtTactic (log-in will be emailed to all MA/PGDip students)  Business Source Premier   Nexis Uni

     • SIA art business and art markets guide for more options


Catalogues raisonnés

Catalogues raisonnés database


AATA Online (Abstracts of International Conservation Literature)

     • SIA authenticity guide for more options


Decorative arts and design
 Too many to list: see the A-Z tab of this guide and the art: historic and contemporary section above.

  • Design and Applied Arts Index (DAAI) available at British Library and Westminster Reference Library



Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms  Union List of Artist Names

  • Oxford English Dictionary and Oxford Dictionary of National Bibliography available at British Library, Westminster Reference Library and elsewhere; access at home often available through public libraries


Dissertations and theses

ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global    Global ETD Search    EThOS

    • SIA dissertations guide for more options


Ebook Central   Getty Research Portal
     • SIA e-books guide for more options


Historical background
     • Access to Research available at Westminster Reference Library and many other public libraries
     • Oxford Dictionary of National Bibliography available at  British Library, Westminster Reference Library and elsewhere. Access from home available via many public libraries




      • SIA images guide for more options



Too many to list: see the A-Z tab of this guide. Other useful databases include: Directory of Open Access Journals, the Modernist Journals Project and Internet Archive Scholar.

     • SIA journals guide for more options



  • LGBTQ+ Source with Full Text available at British Library


Moving image
     • SIA moving image guide for more options



Nexis Uni    US Major Dailies

   • SIA newspapers guide for more options


Price databases
artnet   Artprice   Invaluable (email for Invaluable log-in)
     • SIA price databases guide for more info


Repository search engines
     • SIA repositories guide for more options 


Sales catalogues
     • Art Sales Catalogues Online (incorporating Lugt's Répertoire)  and SCIPIO available at British Library 


Women artists

AWARE (women artists born between 1860 and 1972)