Art search engines, art research databases

Art search engines, art research databases and websites

Art cyclopedia: The Fine Art Search Engine

Google Scholar
Google Scholar enables you to search specifically for scholarly literature, including peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, preprints, abstracts and technical reports. Use Google Scholar to find articles from a wide variety of academic publishers, libraries, professional societies, preprint repositories and universities, as well as scholarly articles available across the web.

Europeana
A multi-lingual online collection of millions of digitized items from European museums, libraries, archives and multi-media collections.

Libraries
Arts libraries on the internet, a directory.

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Search engines/image search engines and databases *

Artnet. Buy, Sell, and Research Contemporary Art Online

Artsy
Artsy is a new way to discover art, featuring work from leading galleries, museums and private collections around the world.

Quora
Quora is a continually improving collection of questions and answers created, edited, and organized by everyone who uses it. The most important thing is to have each question page become the best possible resource for someone who wants to know about the question.
One way you can think of it is as a cache for the research that people do looking things up on the web and asking other people. Eventually, when you see a link to a question page on Quora, your feeling should be: “Oh, great! That’s going to have all the information I want about that.” It’s also a place where new information- that no one has written about yet – can get pulled onto the web.

Google Book Search
Search the full text of books in major university libraries around the world.

Google Image Search

Google Art Project
View high-definition images of works of art from the world’s art museums.

Google Scholar 
Google Scholar enables you to search specifically for scholarly literature, including peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, preprints, abstracts and technical reports. Use Google Scholar to find articles from a wide variety of academic publishers, libraries, professional societies, preprint repositories and universities, as well as scholarly articles available across the web.

 

Semantic search *

The Semantic Web. Semantic Search Engines
Software for artists

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Xrefer
A web reference search engine providing free access to the  world’s largest collection of encyclopedias, dictionaries, thesauri and quotations. Art history, British history, encyclopedias, dictionaries.

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Your Paintings (BBC)
Your Paintings is a website which aims to show the entire UK national collection of oil paintings, the stories behind the paintings, and where to see them for real. It is made up of paintings from thousands of museums and other public institutions around the country. Your Paintings is a joint initiative between the BBC, the Public Catalogue Foundation (a registered charity) and participating collections and museums from across the UK.

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