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Research Sources for Graduate Students in Art & Art History




Artifact (Tufts University)

Art Project (museums from around the world by Google)

Image Quest (two million rights-cleared images)

More Image Sources

Illuminated Manuscripts

There are times you may need to find print images in books, museum/exhibition catalogs.



Finding Review of Books and "State of Research" Articles

1. Browse Journals for Review of Books and Other Types of Review Articles
(see a list below).

2. Recently Published Reviews (also known as CAA Reviews)
Publishes timely scholarly and critical reviews of studies and projects in all areas and periods of art history, visual studies, and the fine arts, providing peer review for the disciplines served by the College Art Association.

3. The Year's Work in Critical and Cultural Theory (1996-current)

4. H-Net Reviews in the Humanities and Social Sciences (1994- )

5. A Book Review Database: New York Review of Books (1963 to present)   

6. Search in Subject Databases

*limit your search to Reviews or Book Reviews


*Use keywords such as "review", "current research", "current trends" and search in art and art history, and other related journals.

ARTbibliographies Modern 1974-current

*e.g., for state of research articles, try:
("art history" or "art criticism") and "art bulletin"

JSTOR and Project Muse

Academic OneFile

Arts & Humanities Citation Index (for book reviews)

Art Full Text (1984 - present)

Art Index Retrospective   (1929- 1982)

Dissertations & Theses: Full Text
(check out the bibliographies of recent dissertations on your topic, which should be extensive.)


Current Issues of Journals

The Year's Work in Critical and Cultural Theory (1996-current)

Architectural History

Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians


The Art Bulletin.

Art History

Art Journal

The Burlington Magazine

Oxford Art Journal

Artibus et Historiae


African Arts

Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art


Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies

The Journal of Japanese Studies

Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies


Monumenta Nipponica

Positions: East Asia Cultures Critique


Bulletin of Latin American Research

Hispanic American Historical Review


International Journal of Middle East Studies

Islamic Studies

Journal of Near Eastern Studies

Journal of Middle East Women's Studies

The Middle East Journal



Journal of Visual Art Practice

International Journal of Art & Design Education




Dumbarton Oaks Papers

Early Medieval Europe

Essays in Medieval Studies


Medieval Encounters


Studies in Iconography (Tisch oversize: NX1 .S84)


Renaissance Quarterly

Renaissance Studies

Find an electronic-journal by title


Why Review of Books and Examples

Review of books and other types of review articles in some major journals in the discipline, such as The Art Bulletin and Art History, summarize current state of research on a topic.

An example of a review of books

Langa, Helen. "Review: Recent Feminist Art History: An American Sampler." Feminist Studies 30: 3 (2004), 705-730.


Examples of review articles

Westermann, MariŽt. "After Iconography and Iconoclasm: Current Research in Netherlandish Art, 1566-1700." The Art Bulletin 84: 2 (2002), 351-372.

Spector, Jack. "The State of Psychoanalytic Research in Art History" Art Bulletin 70: 1 (1988), 47-76.

Gouma-Peterson, Thalia; Mathews, Patricia. "The Feminist Critique of Art History "Art Bulletin 69: 3 (1987), 326-357.


Monthly New Acquisitions in Tisch

Fine Arts



Check out some research sources if you are interested in any of the following topics:

(These are courses and seminars that I have worked with as your Department research librarian.)

Architecture Medieval and Renaissance Arts Other Topics

The American Built Environment

The American Suburb

Built in Boston

Introduction to Architecture

Gender and Modern Architecture

Japanese Architecture

Medieval Architecture

Renaissance and Baroque Architecture

Armenian Art & Architecture

Byzantine Art

Cathedrals and the Arts

Arts of the Medieval Pilgrimage

Medieval Dress Codes

Medieval Relics and Reliquaries


Early Islamic Art

Orientalism and the Visual Arts

Medieval Art in the Mediterranean: Pagans, Jews, Christians, Muslims

Medieval Maps and Diagrams: Marking Space and Time


Southern Baroque Art

Art and Architecture of Renaissance France

Picturing Levant in Early Modern Italy

Screening the Renaissance

High Renaissance in Italy

Renaissance Venice


Arte Povera

Art History From 1700 to the Present

Contemporary Art Since 1960

Contemporary Art as Research

From Picasso to Pollock

History of Photography

Politics and Public Space in Contemporary Art


20th Century Mexican Art

Latin American Art in Exhibition

The Latina/o Body in Visual Culture

The Latino Presence in Art and Visual Culture

Photography in Mexico


Contemporary African Arts

The Arts of China


Arts of Japan

Japan’s Floating World

Japanese Art and Anime

Japanese Art and the West

Japanese Landscape Tradition

Japanese Narrative Pictures: Heroes, Heroines, Ghosts and Demons

Buddhist Art

Buddhism, Women, Art

Skilful Means, Buddhist Lies

Zen & Tea Aesthetics


Master's theses and Ph.D. dissertations at Tisch Library:

To search by topic, author, advisor or title, use this search form.

To browse by department, follow this link, Tufts University. Dept. of Art and the History of Art and Architecture


Dissertations & Theses@Tufts (full text)


Dissertations & Theses: Full Text (beyond Tufts)

Most Tufts Ph.D. dissertations issued after 1996; most Tufts master’s theses issued after 2005

Dissertations and theses worldwide; over 2 million titles; more than 930,000 are available in PDF format


DART - Europe E-theses portal    

History Online (The Institute of Historical Research, University of London)

**Information about submitting your dissertation or thesis to Tufts' Digital Collections and Archives.

**Requested dissertations through Interlibrary Loan, when full tex is not available.

Please use the Form for routine purchase request:




Christopher Barbour

  Christopher Barbour
Humanities Bibliographer & Coordinator of Special Collections

Tel: 617-627-2398

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last updated: 8/10/2012