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John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Art and Artists: Getting Started

Resources on Art History and Art Museums in NYC, based on the course offerings in the Art and Music Department at John Jay College, by Ellen Belcher

Free Access to NYC Museums

Get into many museums with a NYC Culture Pass obtainable with a NYPL/BPL/QPL card

A list of museums that offer free access with a CUNY ID is on the CUNY Arts Page

Oxford Art Online

Oxford Art Online

Access to the entire text of the 34 vol. Dictionary of Art from Grove, The Oxford Companion to Western Art, Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, and The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms, with updates and links to images.

Alternate access via library barcode

Access: CUNY

Find Journal Articles

this is a paste from Hunter college guide, change to jjay links

  • Academic Search Complete  The most multi-disciplinary and general full-text periodicals database. Contains the full text of approx. 3,500 journals, with indexing going back to the mid 1970's on some titles. Updated daily.
  • Art Index &
  • Art Index Retrospective  Index to articles in journals, museum bulletins and yearbooks on fine and applied arts, including architecture and archaeology; also indexes art reproductions appearing in periodicals. The majority of the articles are in English.
  • Arts and Humanities Citation Index  Multidisciplinary index to research journals in the arts and humanities. Coverage: 1975 to present.
  • Bibliography of the History of Art (BHA)  The world's most comprehensive bibliography of scholarly writing about the history of European and American visual arts from late antiquity to the present. This database indexes and abstracts art-related books, conference proceedings and dissertations, exhibition and dealers' catalogs, and articles from over 4,300 periodicals. Available on the Getty Website, it includes BHA records from 1990-2007, and includes records from RILA covering 1975-1989.
  • Biography Resource Center Full text biographies on approx. 220,000 people from published biographical reference works and magazines, with web links.
  • Humanities Full Text  Comprehensive database of journal articles in the humanities; full text from 1994 forward, indexing with abstracts from 1984 forward.
  • JSTOR  Full text of scholarly journals in arts and science, business and economics, language and literature, humanities, and social sciences. Current journals are not entered into the database for 2 to 5 years. Searchable by topic or by journal name.
  • Oxford Art Online The electronic version of Grove's multi-volume art encyclopedia and other Oxford art reference works, with hyperlinks.
  • Oxford Reference Online Full text of over 100 of the Oxford reference works on a variety of subjects.

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Ellen Belcher
Lloyd Sealy Library

John Jay College of Criminal Justice

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New York City 10019