Library Web Resources

Library Web Resources

In addition to the Rakow Library Catalog and Article Index, the library offers access to the resources outlined below. These resources are available anywhere.

You can also explore glass topics in depth through our Scientific Research database and browse articles, videos, virtual books and more in our All About Glass section.

AATA Online is a comprehensive database of literature related to the preservation and conservation of material cultural heritage from 1932 to the present.

Prepared by the Deutsches Archäologisches Institut, this database includes citations for books and articles on archaeological sciences, prehistoric archaeology, classical archaeology, archaeology of the ancient Near East, Egyptology and ancient history.

The Corning Museum of Glass home page for archiving and accessing cultural heritage sites on the web. Part of the Internet Archive, this site allows the Museum to archive websites such as its own institutional pages, as well as artists' websites, glass institution websites, and glass organizational websites.

A structured vocabulary of more than 133,000 terms, descriptions, bibliographic citations, and other information relating to fine art, architecture, decorative arts, archival materials, and material culture. This resource is managed by the Getty Research Institute.

The Bibliography of the History of Art is a comprehensive bibliography of scholarly writing on the history of western art from 1975 to 2007.  BHA provides citations from over 1,200 journals, indexing print and electronic journal articles, monographs, collections of essays, conference proceedings and exhibition catalogs on European and American art history.  BHA extends the coverage of its two predecessor art indexes: Répertoire d'Art et d'Archéologie (1973-1989) and Répertoire International de la Littérature de l'Art = International Repertory of the Literature of Art (RILA) (1975 to 1989.)  In 2007, the Getty Institute ceased publication of the index. Its successor, the International Bibliography of Art, is available from the Rakow Library website.

This website from the Library of Congress offers full-text, searchable access to historic American newspapers from 1836-1922 as well as a directory of U.S. newspapers  Directory 1690-present.

Europeana is a cultural heritage project which offers millions of digital items from galleries, libraries, archives and museums.Formats include books, photographs, paintings, video, manuscripts, music, and others. 

Gallica provides access to materials digitized by the Bibliothèque nationale de France and its partner libraries.  Includes copyrighted and public domain matierals.

GreenFILE offers researched information covering all aspects of the human impact on the environment. Coverage extends back to the early 20th century for some titles. Its collection of scholarly, government and general-interest titles covers global warming, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more. The database provides indexing and abstracts for more than 384,000 records, as well as Open Access full text for more than 4,700 records.

This website offers a huge array of digital texts, from archived webpages to digitized books, periodicals, videos and other media.  The Internet Achive's directive is to offer "permanent access for researchers, historians, scholars, people with disabilities, and the general public to historical collections that exist in digital format."

Library and Information Science Technology Abstracts (LISTA) indexes more than 560 core journals going back to the mid-1960s; plus books, research reports and proceedings. Subjects covered are librarianship, classification, cataloging, bibliometrics, online information retrieval, and information management.

Searchable digital repository of many of the old newspapers published in New York State as well as photos, New York State Census publications, city directories, postcards and other primary sources. The site is managed by Thomas Tryniski.

RIBA indexes over 300 architectural periodicals and catalogs the books and audio visual materials held in the Royal Institute of British Architects Library, including the RIBA Photographs, Manuscripts, and Drawings Collections.  The database also provides biographies of architects. The RIBA's British Architectural Library covers a wide spectrum of subjects, ranging from prehistory to the present, including architectural theory, building and construction, civil engineering, structural engineering, landscape architecture, interior design and decoration, the decorative arts, town and country planning, and construction law.

This archive is a collection of millions of titles digitized from libraries around the world and contributed by partner institutions. Some full-text resources are only available to partner libraries who own the items.

As the world's largest computerized library catalog, WorldCat has entries from large institutions such as the Library of Congress and the British Library, as well as entries from small public libraries, art museums and historical societies. makes the entire WorldCat database available to anyone interested in searching library collections worldwide.