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This guide covers a set of high-quality sources of information for art history that can be a good starting point for your research.

Key online reference work for art history

Bibliographies for art history

Interdisciplinary databases

Interdisciplinary bibliographies covering a specific historical period or subject

General databases

Oxford Bibliographies Online



Google Scholar

Google's search engine for scholarly and scientific literature.

For direct access to full text documents: 
Click on Settings - Library links : choose University of Groningen Library Get it! (if not shown, type 'Groningen'). Links to full text (if available) will be shown in your search results.
Citing a publication found in Google Scholar?
Click on Settings - Search result - Bibliography manager, choose e.g. RefWorks

Collections art historical libraries

Many publications that are of interest to art historical research are not available in university libraries, but only in the libraries of museums and art historical institutes. The holdings of these libraries cannot always be found through SmartCat. You need to search the catalogues/databases of these institutes.

Newspapers and magazines

For current topics it is useful to search for articles in newspapers and magazines.

Nexis Uni offers full-text articles from Dutch and foreign newspapers. Articles by freelance journalists or art critics are not always included.


Use Delpher for full text search of Dutch books, newspapers and magazines from the 17th until the 20th century from the digital collections of libraries, scientific institutes and cultural heritage organizations in the Netherlands.


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