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In addition to the e-content provided through the Library web site, many academic publishers are making additional e-resources available. Check this list Library resources during COVID-19 pandemic for details. The list is being updated as more resources become available, so do check back regularly.
If you're a new user of the Oxford Brookes Library you might find the information on our webpage for new students useful.
To help you make the best use of digital tools for study, employment and life whilst you're at Brookes, why not try our Digital Capabilities for Students module?
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.
to using LibrarySearch to find books
Finding a book when you know the author/title - PDFFinding a book on a topic - PDF
The general shelfmarks for art history are
Each of these is then subdivided, often according to countries, for example:
And so on.
Then, at each shelfmark there are often two separate groups of books. First there is a section containing general works arranged in alphabetical order by author. Then there is a section of books on particular artists. These are arranged as follows:
Study skills resources: links to books, websites and other resources that give support and advice on how to study effectively
Teach yourself: library guides, 'how to' videos and literature searching
Citing references in your work and plagiarism: advice on correct referencing and avoiding plagiarism
Library services for researchers - general web pages for staff and research students
Referencing guide (Chicago style) - PDF
(from the History of Art Academic Skills Guide) - PDF
Chicago Referencing Interactive Guide: this interactive guide takes you through the basics of Chicago referencing style at Brookes.
Finding journals and journal articles for art history (
pdf or word)
You can use
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.
- this database provides an archive of full-text articles from a wide range of academic journals, including many key art history journals. JSTOR does not give access to issues which are less than 3-5 years old but is very useful for older journal
Art full text
- includes art and art history ejournal articles from 1997 onwards - it also provides links to other ejournal articles. 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). If we have access to ejournal articles via other suppliers, you can use the Full Text Finder service to link from references in Art full text to our other online journals. It is also a good way of looking up
articles in journals which are not available online (for example, Apollo, British Art Journal). Art full text has very good coverage for contemporary art.
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
- useful for contemporary architecture.
History databases :
Bibliography of British and Irish History
Historical abstractsOxford 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.
- 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.
Early European Books
- Early European Books is a comprehensive digitised collection of works printed in Europe between 1450-1700, with full-colour, facsimile images scanned directly from the original printed sources.
Internet Archive E-book and Text Archive
- a freely available collection of e-books - useful for 19th century publications.
- an archive of hundreds of full text periodicals from the late seventeenth century to the early twentieth, including scholarly journals, reviews and magazines.
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 resources here:
Primary sources for History
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.
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.
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.
Bodleian Library access - dissertation students are able to use the Bodleian Library if the Bodleian has materials you need which are not held by the Oxford Brookes Library. The Bodleian Library catalogue,
SOLO, is freely available to search. You should contact your Academic Liaison Librarian if you think you need to use the Bodleian. Read the guide
Applying for admission to the Bodleian Library
first, then visit the Library to obtain an application form.
Interlibrary loans - use the
interlibrary loans service
to request books, articles and other publications which the Library doesn't stock.
- here you'll find lots of useful information about referencing, including
Cite Them Right Online. You can access a
Referencing guide (Chicago style) - PDF
from the History of Art Academic Skills Guide and this
Chicago Referencing Interactive Guide
takes you through the basics of Chicago referencing style at Brookes.
Finding previous dissertations - use the
Dissertations Location List
to discover where dissertations for each subject/course are held.