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Art Full Text

March 28, 2012 Leave a comment


Art Full Text is a major index to articles and periodicals for art and architecture. Almost one third of all articles are full text in this database. The coverage in this database goes back to 1984 and includes museum bulletins.

What makes this database unique:

Out of the three full text databases suggested by the Arts Professions LibGuides, Art Full Text has the highest number of recent articles available.

Art Full Text is part of the EBSCO family of databases and one can choose to search only the Art Full Text database or combine your search of this database with a host of others. Art Full Text is successfully searched using subject searches and works on Boolean principles. If you are not familiar with subject searching, please ask an SJSU librarian for a brief instruction before using this database.

Go to the Art Full Text Database.



March 27, 2012 Leave a comment


JSTOR (short for Journal Storage) is a not-for-profit database that contains full text articles from more than 1300 academic journals as well as thousands of primary sources.  JSTOR is a general humanities database, but it contains many relevant titles for a student in the School of Art and Design. To browse the 191 titles that are art-specific in JSTOR, please click here.

What makes this database unique: While this database has many current articles available, it also has many articles that are older, something that may be of use to art and art history students.


JSTOR has a very clean design style making it easy to operate. You can perform a simple keyword search successfully on this database, but by going to the advanced search page and filling in as much information as you have available, you will get a better result. It is very easy to search this database by serial title, making this an ideal database to use when reading to keep up with current ideas in your particular arts field.

Go to the JSTOR database.

Project Muse

March 26, 2012 Leave a comment


Project Muse has been in business since 1995, providing full text humanities and social science content for the academic community. This database is a unique collaboration between the publishing industry and the academic community, beginning with the Johns Hopkins University press and the JHU Library. Today the collaboration has spread beyond the original partners, providing an even wider array of access to academically pertinent articles. The content on Project Muse is peer reviewed and stable, as once an article is available on this database it will be permanently available.

What makes this database unique:

While there are only nine arts-specific databases available in Project Muse, they are peer reviewed and do not completely overlap with the titles available from JSTOR and Art Full Text. Project Muse is also a very easy to use database. For a link to the arts-specific titles available in Project Muse, click here.


While being somewhat limited in titles of direct interest to students in the Art and Design School, Project Muse is perhaps the easiest of these three databases to search. It also has the unique feature of alerting you when new editions of serials that you are interested are available.

Go to the Project Muse database.