Databases & Indexes for the Fine Arts

Search these databases for articles in the areas of art & design, music, & theater arts

Academic Search Premier

World's largest scholarly, multi-disciplinary database containing full text for more than 4,600 scholarly publications, including more than 3,500 peer-reviewed publications. This index provides access to over 200 journals in the fields of the fine arts.

1975--current | Some full text | More info


America: History and Life

Comprehensive coverage of articles from journals, book reviews, and dissertations published worldwide on the history and culture of the United States and Canada. From pre-history to the present.

1964--current | Abstracts & citations only | More info


Art Index 

This database offers indexing of an international array of peer-selected publications—now with expanded coverage of Latin American, Canadian, Asian and other non-Western art, new artists, contemporary art, exhibition reviews, and feminist criticism. In addition to articles, this database indexes reproductions of works of art that appear in indexed periodicals.
1984--current | Indexing & citations only | More info



OCLC's Catalog of Art Museum Images Online is a growing online collection documenting works of art from around the world, representing the collections of prominent museums. CAMIO highlights the creative output of cultures around the world, from prehistoric to contemporary times, and covers the complete range of expressive forms. (From OCLC FirstSearch)


DOAJ Directory of Open Access Journals

This service covers full text, quality-controlled, scholarly journals. Provides some 50 journals covering the arts and architecture.

Some full text


Expanded Academic ASAP

Gale®’s premier database for research in all the academic disciplines. Provides over 4,000 journal titles many of which are in full text. (from Gale's InfoTrac )

1980--current | Some full text | More info


Historical Abstracts 
Index to journal articles, book reviews, and dissertations in the area of world history. Covers topics from 1450-present and includes over 2,100 journals published throughout the world. Search with or without U.S. and Canadian history included.

1964--current | Abstracts & citations only | More info



Provides access to a comprehensive music collection which includes classical music, jazz, world music, folk music, Chinese music, and more all in a streaming format. Includes informational commentary on composers, discussions of classical music and opera, and a pronunciation guide.

15,000 + CD | Listen only no downloads | More info


New York Times

Full text articles including reviews of artists and performances. (from ProQuest)

1995--current | Full text



Access to over 500 national and international newspapers. Good place to look for reviews. (from ProQuest)

Some full text


Play Index

Search for plays by title; author; subject (culture conflict, marriage); style (symbolism, experimental theater); cast type; and more. Covers a wide range of plays written in or translated into English, including one-act plays, pageants, plays in verse, radio and television plays, and classic drama. Contains citations to some 31,000 plays published individually or in collections from 1949 to the present.

Full text | More info


Project MUSE

Comprehensive source for scholarly journals. Project MUSE covers the fields of literature and criticism, history, the visual and performing arts, cultural studies, education, political science, religion, gender studies, economics, and many others.

Some full text| More info


RILM Abstracts of Music Literature

Comprehensive, on-going guide to publications (articles, books, dissertations, reviews, and more) on music from all over the world. Contains some 400,000 entries.

Citations and abstracts only



Full text access to several high-quality, scholarly journals in the area of music including International Journal of Music Education. Browse "Articles by Discipline" to search these titles by topic.

1999--current | Full Text

All SMU databases


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