- Citing your sources (also called referencing) is an essential part of your academic work and is explained fully on our library referencing webpage.
- Referencing guide (Chicago style) - PDF (from the History of Art Academic Skills Guide)
- Chicago Referencing Interactive Guide: this interactive guide takes you through the basics of Chicago referencing style at Brookes.
Course resource help for History of Art
Finding journals and journal articles for art history (pdf or word versions of the guide are available)
You can use LibrarySearch to find journal articles: type in your topic and then use the search tools menu to limit the format to article. Guide to finding journal articles on a topic using LibrarySearch - PDF.
When you want to find more specialised and specific journal articles, you may want to try using a database. Searching a database will help you find journal articles (and sometimes books, book chapters, reports and other published materials) that are scholarly, academic and peer-reviewed, and suitable for your assignments and research.
Full text archive including some 19th century journals and over 23,000 nineteenth century British pamphlets on sociopolitical and economic issues.
Art Full Text
Includes art and art history ejournal articles from 1997 onwards. It is particularly useful for recent journal articles and for journals not covered by JSTOR (for example, Art History and the Journal of the History of Collections). Art full text has very good coverage for contemporary art.
British Architectural Library Catalogue
Royal Institute of British Architects' British Architectural Library Catalogue provides references to books and journal articles on architecture.
Bibliography of the History of Art
This free database includes comprehensive references to art history books and journal articles published between 1975 and 2007.
Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals
Covers all aspects of architecture. This is the biggest index of architecture articles in the world and is a US publication, so subject terminology and spelling may be different to British practice.
Oxford Art Online
An encyclopaedia covering the visual arts from prehistory to the present day.
Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
Useful for information about British artists, patrons etc.
Online access to books and pamphlets in the following collections: Early English Books Online (EEBO), Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO) and 19th Century books from the British Library collection.
An archive of hundreds of full text periodicals from the late seventeenth century to the early twentieth, covering history, literature, music, philosophy, drama, archaeology, architecture, science, art and the social sciences.
Seventeenth-eighteenth century Burney Collection newspapers
17th and 18th century pamphlets, proclamations, newsbooks and newspapers published in England, Ireland and Scotland, plus a selection of papers from British colonies in the Americas and Asia. Newspapers include the London Chronicle, the London Morning Penny Post and the British Chronicle.
British Cartoon Archive
Caricatures and cartoons going back to the 19th century.
Books and ebooks
Find all our books and electronic books using LibrarySearch (the search box on the Library homepage). Search and then select Book from the Search tools menu on the left. You can further limit your search to eBook if you only want electronic books. More information about our electronic books can be found on the Finding e-books webpage.
The vast majority of modules will have a reading list, created by the module leader. Find the reading list in the top right corner of the module on Moodle, or you can search by module name or number on the reading list homepage. Reading lists are interactive: click on the online resource button to be taken straight to the ebook, webpage, article or audiovisual resource, and login to make your own notes on the readings. Why not watch our videos which will help you get the most out of your reading list?
The Library has access to several databases contains fine quality images for your use.
- ARTstor - a very large collection of high quality art history images, particularly good for works in US museums.
- Bridgeman Education - a wide range of art history images, particularly good for works in British collections.
- British Museum Collection search - thousands of images of prints, drawings and other items in the British Museum collection.
- Yale Center for British Art - images of the Center's paintings, sculptures, drawings and prints.
- Art UK - this site aims to cover the UK's public art collections, concentrating first on oil paintings.
Libraries, museums and galleries
- SOLO - the University of Oxford library catalogue (includes the Bodleian Library and the Sackler Library)
- Sackler Library: website with opening hours, floor plans etc.
Museums and galleries
Newspapers and TV - links to current and historical newspapers, and off-air tv recordings
Seventeenth-eighteenth century Burney Collection newspapers - - 17th and 18th century pamphlets, proclamations, newsbooks and newspapers published in England, Ireland and Scotland, plus a selection of papers from British colonies in the Americas and Asia. Newspapers include the London Chronicle, the London Morning Penny Post and the British Chronicle.
The Guardian and The Observer (1791-2003) - the complete digital edition of both newspapers, 1791-2003, with all articles, advertisements and illustrations.
Nineteenth century British Library newspapers - contains digital editions of a wide variety of national and regional British newspapers from the 19th century.
Times Digital Archive - the complete digital edition of The Times newspaper, 1785-1985, with all articles, advertisements and illustrations.
British cartoon archive - caricatures and cartoons going back to the 19th century.
There are links to other useful historical resources here: Primary sources for History
Factiva - international news database providing an archive of 10,000 sources from 152 countries in 22 languages. Leading national and local newspapers are all included.
Box of Broadcasts - an off-air recording and media archive service that stores recorded TV and Radio programmes in an archive for all users to enjoy. The archive currently offers over 45,000 TV and radio programmes covering all genres. Users can record programmes, watch programmes from the archive, create clips and compile their favourite shows into playlists and share these with others.
Screenonline is a service produced by the bfi (British Film Institute) which is dedicated to the history of film and television in Britain. It provides access to a range of resources including still images, analyses, biographies, posters, press books, student guides and pointers to resources for further study. Staff and students of Oxford Brookes can also access video clips and recorded interviews from the collections of the bfi National Film and Television Archive. Note that these clips can only be accessed from Brookes PCs - there is no off-campus access to these features.
Websites and other resources
- Oxford art online - contains the online version of the Grove Dictionary of Art.
- Oxford dictionary of national biography - useful for information about British artists, patrons etc.
- The Mother of all Art History Links Pages - a US collection of links relating to the academic study of Art History.
Past exam papers
- 2015-2016 onwards: These are available for download by Brookes students and staff from the Past Examination Papers collection on RADAR.
- When on RADAR, log in, then select Search, enter the module name or number and limit your search to Examination papers.
- Earlier years: Printed copies are available in the Library - at Headington (Short Loan area, Level 1), Harcourt Hill (Quick Reference) and Wheatley (Short Loan).
- Please note that some exam papers are not available because they have been prohibited from publication. In particular, there are no copies of any exam papers which contain multiple choice questions.
- Preparing for exams: a list of books and other resources to help you get ready to tackle examinations
Need help? Contact your librarian
Please get in touch if you have any queries about:
- finding information and resources for assignments
- finding online resources
- referencing your sources
Ashley is hybrid working this semester, so will sometimes be on campus (at either Headington or Harcourt Hill) and sometimes working from home. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org in the first instance. If you need a 1-2-1 appointment we can then arrange one either face-to-face or via Zoom or Google Meet.