History & Philosophy of Art subject guide



Finding journal articles

The easiest way to find journal articles is to do a keyword search for your topic in LibrarySearch.

We also have a range of databases to help you find journal articles and other relevant material for your subject (they may not all be included in LibrarySearch).

Some databases only give you the reference, but most provide a 'Full text' button if we have a subscription to the article. All our databases are listed in the A-Z of e-resources.

Subject specific databases

Database Description
Art and Architecture Complete This is no longer available - please use Art Source (below) instead
Art Index Retrospective (1929-1984)
Art Source (from EBSCO) Database covering a broad range of art and architecture related subjects, and including many unique sources not previously available
Arts Premium Collection (from ProQuest) Searches thousands of journals in the arts, including art, design, humanities, music, performing arts and film.
Bibliography of the History of Art (BHA) via the Getty Institute website Art indexing database covering 1990-2007; searchable together with Répertoire de la litterature de l'art (RILA), which covers 1975-1989
International Repertory of the Literature of Art (RILA) via the Getty Institute website Art indexing database covering 1975-1989; searchable together with Bibliography of the History of Art (BHA), which covers 1990-2007
British Architectural Library (from RIBA: Royal Institute of British Architects) Covers over 300 architectural journals held in the RIBA Library, so in addition to searching for books it can be used to search for journal articles about architecture.
Also available
: RIBApix, a growing collection of images from the British Architectural Library at RIBA.
Construction Information Service (CIS) (from IHS Technical Indexes) Construction related documents;includes:
  • Engineer-it
  • Specify-it
  • British Standards Institution maintained sets
Princeton Index to Christian Art Possibly the most comprehensive database of Christian iconography in the world, with direct access to many images

General databases

Database Description
ERIC (Educational Resources Information Centre) Large database of education material, with coverage from 1966 onwards
Google Scholar (Kent link) Indexes academic articles, books, preprints, etc, from a wide range of sources and includes citation links. Note: not all items indexed are freely available in full text.
Historical Abstracts Historical coverage of the world (except the US and Canada) from 1450 to the present.
IBSS (International Bibliography of the Social Sciences) Index to social sciences literature with coverage 1951 onwards
International Medieval Bibliography Index to journals on the European Middle Ages with coverage from 1980 onwards
Literature Compass Full text review journal for all areas of English literature; includes searchable abstracts of subject related journals
Literature Online Searchable library of over 350,000 works of English, American and Canadian literature, plus over 200 full-text journals
MLA Bibliography (Modern Language Association) (from EBSCO) Important index to material in literature, language and linguistics
PsycINFO Index to psychology literature 1881-
Religious and Theological abstracts Index to articles on theology and religion 1957-
Web of Science (part of Web of Knowledge) Citation indexes covering 1970s onwards, plus conference proceeding citation indexes covering 1990 onwards
Zetoc Online Contents Page database from the British Library, indexing content from the early 1990s onward. 20,000 journal titles and 16,000 conference proceedings published each year.

E-journal collections

E-journal collections provide large conglomerations of e-journals which you can keyword search to find full-text content on a topic. All e-journal collections

  • EBSCOhost Databases: you can search several databases simultaneously by ticking their boxes. The following may be useful:
    • Academic Search Complete: contains the full-text of ca 7,900 journals and indexes and abstracts the contents of ca 11,900 journals, and a total of more than 12,000 publications including monographs, reports, conference proceedings, etc. Coverage is in all disciplines but weighted towards humanities and social science.
    • E-Journals
    • Historical Abstracts
    • International Bibliography of Theatre & Dance with Full Text
    • PsycARTICLES
    • PsycINFO
  • Blackwell Synergy: includes full-text journals in the arts and humanities
  • Caliber (University of California Press)
  • Cambridge University Press: journals
  • IngentaConnect: journals from a wide range of publishers
  • JSTOR: a full text archive of over 500 journals, including core scholarly journals in History, Literature and Philosophy. More journals and subjects will be added. It covers material from the 1800s up to a moving wall of between 1-5 years before current publication
  • Literature Online from Proquest
  • 19th Century (Nineteenth Century) UK Periodicals: Series 1: New readerships. It is not possible to link directly to individual titles within this collection: it searches collectively
  • Oxford University Press: journals
  • Project Muse: contains the full text from over 300 journals from the John Hopkins University Press and other publishers, with journals to be added
  • University of Chicago Press

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Last Updated: 04/01/2018