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Art History: Art Journals & Databases

Workshop of Andrea del Verrochio
Madonna and Child
Tempera and gold on wood
ca. 1470


We have art so that we do not perish from truth -- Nietzsche

Art Databases

The library maintains subscriptions to 72 art and architecture-related databases. In addition to providing access to many of our electronic journal subscriptions, databases can draw from multiple reference points. As a result, some databases present a wide breadth of information collected from varying sources, while others are more tightly focused on a given topic.

  • From the library homepage
    • Select Find, Borrow Request, then Databases A-Z
    • In the All Subjects drop-down, select Art & Architecture

Popular art & architecture databases include:

The full list of art and architecture databases can be found here.

Print Art Journals

The Art Library subscribes to over 75 domestic and international art & architecture journals in print format. Topics include art history, art criticism, art theory and practice, and the contemporary art world. Current issues are found in Periodicals in University Library, and bound back issues in the art and architecture reading rooms. Both art and architecture also have extensive holdings of historical journals, extending to the mid-19th century.

Direct links to the homepage of print journals are provided largely as a convenience, although they can often provide a sense of a publication's coverage and tone. In terms of accessing content, it is better—and often required—to link from a database or a search result in NUSearch, as availability may be restricted outside the Northwestern network.

Online Art Journals

In addition to print subscriptions, the library has access to an even larger number of electronic journals. Specific titles can be found in two ways:

  • Searching for the journal title on the library homepage
    • Enter the journal title, subject or ISSN in the search box
    • In the search results, look for your title and "Online Access"
    • Advanced search options allow you to limit your search results according to different parameters such as language or date

It's important to note that online coverage is not always complete. Several factors, especially licensing agreements and publication status, will determine how much of a title is electronically available, and that information will be noted in the search reults. If you require specific issues or articles that are not available through Northwestern, you can submit your request through Inter-Library Loan, which will then attempt to locate the information from another library. See Other Resources for more information on ILL.