Major On-Line Reference Resources
Encyclopedias and Dictionaries
Art Online A comprehensive illustrated encyclopedia of the history of the visual arts
worldwide, including architecture and photography, based on the 36 vol.
Dictionary of Art (edited by Jane Turner), and regularly updated. Articles have extensive
Sales Catalogues On-line A full-text database of the catalogues in Lugt's
Rèpetoire des catalogues des ventes publiques. Covers the period from 1600–1926. The user
can search by Lugt number, year of sale, place of sale, provenance, auction house, content, and
even the libraries who hold the printed auction catalogs.
A database which lists auction sale results of over 180,000 artists ranging from Old Masters to
Contemporary Artists. The database goes back to 1985 and often includes a color thumb nail of the
work of art which can be enlarged. The images are accompanied by information on each work including
artist, title, date, medium, size, where sold, estimated and actual selling price. Click “Login”
Getty Provenance Index Databases
Indexes European archival documents and sales catalogs, and American and British Public Collections
to facilitate research into the provenance of pre-twentieth-century art works.
Catalogs art auction and rare book catalogs for sales from the late-sixteenth century to scheduled
auctions not yet held. Records include the dates and places of sales, the auction houses, sellers,
institutional holdings, and titles of works.
archINFORM Focusing primarily on twentieth-century
architecture, this database includes information on over over 14,000 built and unrealized projects
from various international architects and planners
The Great Buildings Collection Architecture reference
site that includes documentation on a range of buildings and architecture.
McGraw Hill Construction, includes the on-line version of
the Sweets product catalog, as well as news and other features.
MAD CAD Building Codes on-line, including all
International Code Council Codes from 2000 to the present, BOCA and UBC codes and NFPA (National
Fire Protection Association), among others. Click “LOGIN” to access. Limited to two simultaneous
users, please remember to log out.
Reed Design Registry, formerly
ProFile, a directory of AIA affiliated architects and firms.
Art History Resources
Specialized Catalogs and Finding Aids
Architecture Thesaurus (AAT) The Getty Institute's structured vocabulary for the description of
art and architecture.
Thesaurus of Geographic Names (TGN) Lists place names important for the study of the history of
art and architecture, includes information on place-type, variant names, amd coordinates.
Multilingual Glossary for Art Librarians A
glossary of terms relevant to art librarianship in Dutch, French, English, Italian, Spanish, and
Union List of Artists'
Names (ULAN) A structured vocabulary from the Getty that indicates the preferred forms of
artists' names, along with variants, pseudonymns, etc. Also contains basic biographical and
Guides to Web Resources
Architecture Internet Resources
An extensive guide to architectural information on the web; covers primarily architecture,
building, construction,and AEC sites, and, to a lesser extent, design, real estate, housing,
urban,energy, and environment sites; maintained by University of Nevada,Las Vegas Libraries.
Artsource Internet guide to general
resources, programs, bibliographies, etc in art and architecture; maintained by Interactive
Learning Paradigm, Inc.
Art History Resources on the Web A
comprehensive and up-to-date site maintained by Christopher L.C.E. Witcombe, Sweet Briar
Intute A guide out of the
United Kingdom that reviews and lists useful websites on a variety of topics including Art History
The Voice of the Shuttle, a guide to online resources in the
humanities, including architecture, art history, and contemporary art, maintained by Alan Liu and
the University of California-Santa Barbara English Department.