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Student Guide to the Art Library: Articles & Journals

Use this guide to learn about the Art Library and discover resources related to art history, studio art, and design.

Art Databases

Check out the Art Library's A-Z list of art databases. In these databases, you'll find research materials such as:

  • Peer-reviewed Research Articles

  • Conference Proceedings

  • Book Reviews

  • Artist Interviews

  • Magazine Articles

  • Dissertations

  • Exhibition Reviews

  • Reproductions/Images

Art & Architecture Complete

Full-text coverage of periodicals and books relating to antiques, art and art history, interior and landscape design. Also includes images. 1937 - present.

Art Full Text & Art Index Retrospective

Indexing and abstracting of periodicals and dissertations in fine, decorative and commercial art, folk art, photography, film, and architecture. Also includes images. 1984 - present (full text back to 1995).

ARTbibliographies Modern

Abstracts for journals and books in the fields of contemporary art, artists' books, theatre arts, ceramics, glass art, graphic design, museums and galleries as well as illustration, painting, printmaking, sculpture and drawing. Late 1960s - present.

Bibliography of the History of Art

Index of periodicals, dissertations, books, and catalogs related to painting, sculpture, drawing, prints, and architecture as well as crafts, graphic arts, folk, and popular art. 1990-2007.

Other Databases

JSTOR logo

Access provided by the University of Louisville.

Full-text of scholarly literature from nearly all disciplines (Art, Art History, &Museum Studies).

Google scholar logo
Google Scholar

Freely accessible web search engine.

Indexes the full text or metadata of scholarly literature across publishing formats & all disciplines.

Full-text available through library resources.

How to Search

1. Navigate to Art & Architecture Complete and type "Kara Walker" AND "race" in the search box.

search boxes with kara walker in first text field and race in second

This search will produce all results related to the artist Kara Walker and the keyword race.

2. Narrow your search results using the limiters on the left side of the page.

filters for full text, references available, peer reviewed and publication date

You can limit to full-text (i.e. the entire article is available) or peer-reviewed (i.e. the article was published in an academic journal and has been vetted by other experts).

You can also specify the publication date range to find the most recent research or a historical overview of the topic.

3. Click on the title of an article that interests you to see the full details. You can see the author(s); source (i.e. the title and date of the publication); document type (make sure this is what you are looking for); and subject terms.

You can click on subject terms like "race relations" or navigate to people and click on the artist's name "Walker, Kara, 1969-". This narrows your results to all articles that have that subject assigned to it and is usually much more accurate than a keyword search.

item record for Reading Black through White in the Work of Kara Walker

Image Credits: JSTOR and Google Scholar logos; screenshots from Art & Architecture Complete.

News Articles

Have you reached your monthly limit of free articles? Looking for information about current events?

The UofL Libraries News Sources Guide has direct links to the Courier Journal, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and several newspaper databases.


Wondering what art journals even exist that are considered peer-reviewed or academic titles? Try out BrowZine, which allows you to explore and easily read many of the library journal subscriptions we have access to online! While it's different from searching a library database, it can be useful to search specific journals using keyword searching or by browsing issues. You can download the app, create your own account, and set up alerts so you never miss the latest issue!