Library Databases

Library Databases

In addition to the Rakow Library Catalog and Article Index, the library offers access to the resources outlined below.  These resources are available on-site to all library patrons.  Off-site access is available to Museum staff.

APS Online provides searchable full-text and page images from over 1,800 popular magazines, journals and newspapers which began publication between 1740 and 1900 with coverage through 1940.  The database includes titles from labor, trade, literary, scientific, and photographic periodicals, as well as other historically-significant titles.

Ancestry Library Edition is a growing database of genealogical sources like censuses, vital records, immigration records, family histories, military records, court and legal documents, directories, photos, maps, and more. Coverage is international and includes:  federal and U.S. censuses; birth, death, and marriage records including the Social Security Death Index; and U.S. border crossing and trans-ocean ship records;  Canadian records from the Census of Canada; and key vital records, such as the Drouin Collection (1621-1967), which includes nearly 30 million baptism, marriage, and burial records from Quebec; U.K. censuses for England, Wales, Isle of Man, Channel Islands, and Scotland, with nearly 200 million records; Births and Baptisms (1834-1906), Marriage Licenses (1521-1869), Deaths and Burials (1834-1934), and Poor Law Records (1840-1938) in London; and other international collections  like German census records,Chinese surnames from the Jiapu Collection of Chinese lineage books, and Jewish family history records from Eastern Europe and Russia.

Art Full Text offers full text, plus abstracts and indexing of an international array of peer-selected art publications from 1985 to the present. Coverage includes periodicals, yearbooks, museum bulletins, competition and award notices, exhibition listings, interviews, film reviews, and more. In addition to articles, Art Full Text indexes reproductions of works of art that appear in indexed periodicals.

Art Index Retrospective (AIR) indexes citations to international art periodicals, from 1929-1984 in English-language periodicals, yearbooks, and museum bulletins, as well as in periodicals published in French, Italian, German, Spanish, and Dutch. In addition to articles, AIR tracks reproductions of works of art that appear in indexed periodicals.

 

ABM, the major source of information on modern and contemporary arts, provides full abstracts of journal articles, books, essays, exhibition catalogs, PhD dissertations, and exhibition review from 1974 to present. Coverage is wide-ranging for topics such as performance art and installation works, video art, computer and electronic art, body art, graffiti, artists' books, theatre arts, conservation, crafts, ceramic and glass art, ethnic arts, graphic and museum design, fashion, and calligraphy, as well as traditional media including illustration, painting, printmaking, sculpture, and drawing.

ArtNet captures auction sales information reflecting the decorative arts market since 1985. Subscribers can buy, sell and research decorative art online with the searchable database for auction sales, artists, gallery market trends, and events. Access to the Fine Arts portion of the ArtNet site is search-only. ArtNet offers access to ArtNet magazine as well as links to other titles.

Arts: Search consists of three databases: Design Abstracts Retrospective, Arts + Architecture ProFILES (AAP) and ReVIEW. Design Abstracts Retrospective (DAR) functions as the retrospective of Design and Applied Arts Index (DAAI), covering design publications from 1898 through 1988. With 50,000 records, DAR provides coverage of about 70 design and design-related journals important to the development of design in the early 20th century. Arts + Architecture ProFILES covers the same subject fields as DAR and is the most comprehensive directory of design and designers. ReVIEW contains digitized full-text versions of 19th and early 20th century decorative and fine arts journals, including titles such as The Studio (London), Deutsche Kunst und Dekoration, Art et Décoration, and The Poster.

Known as the artists’ bluebook, AskArt founders began compiling biographical information, auction sales records, references, and museum/gallery information on artists, beginning in the early 1970s.  Initially, the database focused on American artists, but in 2007 AskArt expanded to cover international artists as well.

The Avery Index provides a comprehensive listing of journal articles on architecture and design dating back to the mid-18th century. The index covers the history and practice of architecture, landscape architecture, city planning, historic preservation, and interior design and decoration. Search over 2,500 international journals, many of which are not indexed elsewhere. The index was formerly produced by the Getty Research Institute.

Britannica Online offers the full version of the authoritative encyclopedia (now no longer being published in print), plus thousands of new and revised essays.  Many articles provide a detailed bibliography with helpful recommendations for further reading. The online encyclopedia also includes the Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, the Britannica Book of the Year, the Encyclopedia Britannica World Atlas, and timelines of historical events, plus full-text articles from ProQuest and EBSCO, statistical information on countries of the world, and headlines from the New York Times and the BBC.

The  16th edition to the Chicago Manual of Style includes some new features, such as a searchable Q&A section on using the guide, as well as expanded information on the digital publishing process.

DAAI contains over 130,000 annotated references from more than 500 design and craft journals and newspapers published from 1973 onwards, as well as data for more than 50,000 designers, craftspeople, studios, workshops, firms etc.  It is the largest index of its kind in the world. DAAI offers a supplementary database: Periodicals Directory (an international directory of design and craft journals).

FirstSearch is a collection of general databases that gives you book and journal citations and access to select journal articles through thirteen different databases. The Rakow Library has access to the following databases: ArticleFirst; ClasePeriodica; Ebooks; Electronic Collections Online (ECO); ERIC; GPO; MEDLINE; PapersFirst; Proceedings; WilsonSelectPlus; World Almanac; WorldCat; and WorldCat Dissertations. More information on this collection is available from the List of Databases page, within FirstSearch.

The International Bibliography of Art (IBA) is the major resource for scholarly literature on western art, covering the period 2007 to the present. IBA is the successor to the Bibliography of the History of Art .

This price index of several million public auction sale results from more than 1000 auction houses covers the 1990s to current. Records include images and full-text information for some items. Entries in the database are unedited and appear as written by auction house experts.  Formerly known as Artfact.

JSTOR (Journal STORage) is a full-text database containing the back files of over 700 scholarly journals, generally from the first volume up to the most recent three to six years. Current issues are not available. The journals archived in JSTOR span many disciplines, including the social sciences, humanities, and some sciences.

Maloney’s Directory provides contact information for experts, appraisers, collecting clubs, museums/libraries, auction houses and other groups or institutions that specialize in specific types of antiques and collectibles.  The database is searchable by name, type of collectible, or keyword.

 The Oxford English Dictionary serves as the authoritative source on the development of the English language, offering the most comprehensive collection available of definitions, word origins, and histories of the usage of words over time. The online version includes all 20 volumes of the 1989 2nd Edition of the Dictionary, plus the 3 supplementary volumes that have been published since that time. In addition, a major revision of the Dictionary, begun in 1993, is ongoing, with approximately 1,800 new and revised words added quarterly to the online OED.

Ulrichsweb offers a searchable listing for 300,000 periodicals (also called serials) of all types: academic and scholarly journals, e-journals, peer-reviewed titles, popular magazines, newspapers, newsletters, and more.  Use this directory to find ISSNs, publication dates, publisher information, subscription statistics, and other information on the journals.

NOVEL Databases

Academic OneFile contains indexing for over 12,000 journals and reference sources from 1980 to the present, many of which are peer-reviewed and full text. It has extensive coverage of: the physical sciences, technology, medicine, social sciences, the arts, theology, literature and more.  Academic OneFile has a number of design, architecture, and general art publications full-text. Millions of articles are available in both PDF and HTML full-text with no restrictions.

Provided by the New York State Library, NOVELNY connects New Yorkers to 21st century information. NOVELNY is supported with temporary federal Library Services and Technology Act funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The New York Library Initiative is a proposal for permanent state funding for NOVELNY, a pilot project for the Statewide Internet Library.

 This comprehensive database, with coverage extending back to 1990, provides access to a wide variety of global business information on such topics as competitive intelligence, career and investment opportunities, business rankings, company histories and more. Some tableware, glassware, and other relevant industry publications are available full-text.

Provided by the New York State Library, NOVELNY connects New Yorkers to 21st century information. NOVELNY is supported with temporary federal Library Services and Technology Act funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The New York Library Initiative is a proposal for permanent state funding for NOVELNY, a pilot project for the Statewide Internet Library.

General OneFile indexes over 12,000 periodicals, with a backfile dating to 1980. The resource includes journals, newspapers, reference books and multimedia sources, over half of which are available full text. Subjects covered are: business, computers, current events, economics, education, environmental issues, health care, hobbies, humanities, law, literature and art, politics, science, social science, sports, technology, and many general interest topics. Several glass industry publications are covered in this database.

Provided by the New York State Library, NOVELNY connects New Yorkers to 21st century information. NOVELNY is supported with temporary federal Library Services and Technology Act funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The New York Library Initiative is a proposal for permanent state funding for NOVELNY, a pilot project for the Statewide Internet Library.

HRCA contains over 2800 journals and magazines from 1980 to the present, many of which are full text. The database covers nursing and allied health, medicine, and a wide variety of personal health information sources that offer reliable health information to researchers.

Provided by the New York State Library, NOVELNY connects New Yorkers to 21st century information. NOVELNY is supported with temporary federal Library Services and Technology Act funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The New York Library Initiative is a proposal for permanent state funding for NOVELNY, a pilot project for the Statewide Internet Library.

The National Newspaper Index covers America’s top five newspapers, from 1977 to the present: The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Christian Science Monitor, Los Angeles Times and The Washington Post.

Provided by the New York State Library, NOVELNY connects New Yorkers to 21st century information. NOVELNY is supported with temporary federal Library Services and Technology Act funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The New York Library Initiative is a proposal for permanent state funding for NOVELNY, a pilot project for the Statewide Internet Library.

This database of major newspapers published in the state of New York indexes articles from 1985-present.

Provided by the New York State Library, NOVELNY connects New Yorkers to 21st century information. NOVELNY is supported with temporary federal Library Services and Technology Act funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The New York Library Initiative is a proposal for permanent state funding for NOVELNY, a pilot project for the Statewide Internet Library.