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A Guide to Art & Design Resources

A guide to research in Art and Design resources

Art Book Reviews

Sources for Art Book Reviews Critical reviews of books, exhibitions, and projects in all areas and periods of art history and visual studies
published by the College Art Association.


Reviews in the Art Databases

Art Index Retrospective (1929 - 1984)
Art Full Text (1984 - present)

At the initial screen select one or both databases & then the Search Plus option.
From the article type pull-down menu, choose book review, then further limit to
peer reviewed journals for scholarly reviews

example: Title: vermeer's camera Article type: book review & select:
Peer Reviewed

ARTbibliographies Modern (1974-present)
In the search box enter pt = book along with other search criteria

example: pt=book & au=gombrich
note: this database does not index critical reviews

BHA - Bibliography of the History of Art
(1973 - present)
Choose the Green Advanced Search tab at the start screen, then enter keywords book review along with other distinctive words. Always start by searching the field "Anywhere"

example: book review = anywhere & empire of the eye = anywhere

Arts & Humanities Citation Index (1988 - present)

At the Web of Science screen, select Full Search. Select the Arts & Humanities box, choose General or Advanced Search. Enter search terms & scroll down the page to Set Search Limits & choose Book Review from the document type list

example: topic: complete jacob lawrence & limited to book review

Cross-Disciplinary & Pre-1980s Indices:

Academic Search Complete (1975 - present) A scholarly, multidisciplinary database providing indexing and abstracts for monographs, reports, conference proceedings, and others. More info

LexisNexis Academic
Includes book reviews from major newspapers and some selected periodicals. Select the "Arts & Sports" category on the News menu. More info

Book Review Digest (1906 - present)
Indexes English language publications & reviews that have appeared within 18 months of the book's publication.

I B R (1971 - present)
Internationale Bibliographie der Rezensionen wissenschaftlicher Literatur
International bibliography of book reviews of scholarly literature chiefly in the fields of art, humanities & the social sciences

General & Print Indices