Article Databases

Images & Video

Reference Sources

Whitworth Collections

Student Research at Peer Institutions

UO Art History Theses & Dissertations (Scholars Bank)

Scholars Bank is the University of Oregon digital repository. Art & Architecture History theses and dissertations in digital form can be accessed here.

Historical Image Collections

Contemporary Art Blogs


The ART21 website provides access to films, publications, digital resources, and educational programs produced by ART21, a nonprofit contemporary art organization dedicated to introducing broad public audiences to today’s visual artists—stimulating critical reflection as well as conversation.

Artsy Artsy

Artsy features the world’s leading galleries, museum collections, foundations, artist estates, art fairs, and benefit auctions, all in one place. Their website claims that their growing database of 280,000 images of art, architecture, and design by 40,000 artists spans historical, modern, and contemporary works, and includes the largest online database of contemporary art.


Launched in 2010, Colossal is a blog that explores art and other aspects of visual culture. Each week you’ll find 15-25 posts on photography, design, animation, painting, installation art, architecture, drawing, and street art. Colossal is also a great place to learn about the intersection of art and science as well as the beauty of the natural world.


The Rhizome website is a dynamic, interactive platform, rich in historical resources and updated continually with new art and commentary by a vast community. The Rhizome ArtBase is an online archive of digital art containing over 2,500 art works.

(Thanks to the UO Design Library for the sharing of this great content).

    Citing Your Sources

The styles mainly used for Art are:

However, you should follow the instructions given by your professor, editor, or journal first. See the Citation Resources page for more detailed information on citation styles.

    How to Find Art Books

Browse the library shelves with these call numbers:

Visual Arts
Architecture, Sculpture, Drawing, Design, and Illustration
Painting, Print Media, and Decorative Arts
Arts in General

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