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Summon: resources not included in Summon: Overview and databases

Resources which Summon does not search, or does not search well

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Yinka Shonibare "Nelson's Ship in a Bottle"
Yinka Shonibare, Nelson's Ship in a Bottle (2010).
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Summon is usually the best place to begin looking for resources, but it does not contain everything. Some resources are not searched by Summon at all, while with others the coverage is patchy. This guide lists databases, journals, e-books and other resources best searched separately.

Even more material is listed in our free resources guide.

For many topics, Summon will find you sufficient material. Depending on how thorough you want to be, and how easy it is to find resources on your topic, you may want to spend a little or even a lot of time looking at these other resources.



The following databases are only partially searched by Summon:


Google Scholar is an alternative to Summon, useful for a supplementary search, or if Summon dies not give you access to an article you want. See our info about using Scholar


The following databases are not searched at all by Summon:


Watch a video: searching databases of journal articles and similar material (5 mins)


Databases available at other libraries in London include:

  • Art Sales Catalogues Online (incorporating Lugt's Répertoire): British Library and National Art Library
  • Artists of the World Online (Thieme and Becker's Allgemeines Künstlerlexikon): British Library, National Art Library
  • Berg Fashion Library: National Art Library
  • Bibliography of Asian Studies: SOAS
  • Blouin Art Sales Index: National Art Library
  • Design and Applied Arts Index (DAAI): British Library, National Art Library and Westminster Reference Library
  • Gordon's Photography Prices and Gordon's Print Prices: National Art Library
  • Index of Medieval Art: British Library, National Art Library
  • International Bibliography of Art (IBA): National Art Library
  • Oxford Dictionary of National Bibliography: British Library, National Art Library, Westminster Reference Library and elsewhere
  • Russian Avant-Garde Online: British Library
  • SCIPIO: British Library


There are many more free online resources, far too many to list here.  Looking at the library guide for the appropriate course or topic will point you to some of the best of these.