Databases for Photography

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  • This list contains details of electronic databases and other resources available to Oxford Brookes staff and students. Databases allow you to search for references for journal articles and other material in your subject area. Some databases provide an indexing service only, some also provide abstracts (summaries) and others are full text. The Library also provides direct access to many full text electronic journals.

    Note: Databases are usually available on and off-campus. Most will prompt you to log in with your Brookes ID and password. Your PIP page (Personal Information Page) provides details of passwords for resources not covered by this.

    Key databases

    • Academic search complete - a multi-disciplinary database offering full text access to more than 4,470 scholarly publications, including more than 3,500 peer-reviewed journals. Includes abstracts to more than 2,500 additional periodicals. Coverage includes art and design journals.
    • Art full text - a key source for the visual arts, including photography. Full text coverage from 1997, indexing from 1984. Includes the Art Abstracts database.
    • Communications & Mass Media Complete - good for the social aspects of photography. Use also for photojournalism.
    • JSTOR - this database provides an archive of full-text articles from a wide range of academic journals, including some key music journals. JSTOR does not give access to issues which are less than 3-5 years old but is very useful for older journal articles.
    • Performing arts periodicals database - a very significant database for the performing arts, containing over a third of a million references to journal articles and reviews.  Surprisingly good for photography and photographers, particularly those working with the performing arts. Full text articles are available for about 160 journal titles.  


    • Factiva - international news database covering national and local newspapers from 152 countries. Also includes images from Reuters.
    • LexisLibrary UK - the News tab of this legal database gives full-text access to regional and national newspapers including the Guardian, Independent,Times and Daily Telegraph. It is an excellent source for reviews and arts news. It does not include images.


    • Oxford art online - an encyclopaedia covering the visual arts from prehistory to the present day.
    • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography - an illustrated collection of articles providing the life stories of over 50,000 people who have shaped the history of the British Isles and beyond, from the earliest times to those who died in recent years. Includes pioneers from the history of photography to more contemporary photographers. 
    • Oxford reference online - 200 dictionaries and reference works published by Oxford University Press including dictionaries of art terms, art, artists and design together with the Oxford Companion to the Photograph.

    Images and audio-visual material

    • ARTstor - over a million images from collections world-wide. Covers the arts, architecture, humanities and sciences. Includes over 92,000 Magnum photographs and many other photographic collections.
    • Box of Broadcasts (BoB) - an online archive giving you access to thousands of recorded radio and TV programmes including films and documentaries. It allows users to record programmes which will then be stored on the database. Log in when prompted with your Brookes username and password.
    • Bridgeman Education - a digital image library covering visual culture of all civilisations and historical periods from pre- historic to the present day.