Research Databases · Art & Music

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American Song
Songs "from American's past," including tracks by and about American Indians, miners, immigrants, slaves, children, pioneers, and cowboys. Search by artist, album, genre, instrument, or historical event.
Comprehensive fine art, design, and decorative art auction records dating back to 1985. Records include the price the item was sold at auction, auction house information and provenance when available.
Art Retrospective
Bibliographic database that cumulates citations to volumes 1–32 of the print edition of the Art Index (1929–1984). Articles from periodicals published throughout the world are cited in the database.
Classical Music Library
This collection of classical music recordings includes music written from the earliest times (e.g. Gregorian Chant) to the present, including many contemporary composers. Genres include choral works, symphonies, operas, contemporary, chamber, instrumentals, etc. Download and purchase tracks (home users only) and create and share playlists.
Contemporary World Music
Music "of all regions from every continent," including reggae, worldbeat, fado, flamenco, klezmer, zydeco, sacred, bossa nova, celtic, etc.
Gale Virtual Reference Library
Search the full-text of hundreds of electronic reference books on a wide range of subjects, including: the arts, business, education, history, law, medicine, and science.
Humanities Full Text
This database indexes, abstracts and delivers the full text of feature articles, interviews, obituaries, bibliographies, original works of fiction, drama, and poetry, book reviews, and reviews of ballets, dance programs, motion pictures, musicals, operas, plays, radio and television programs, and more.
Jazz Music Library
Thousands of jazz artists, ensembles, albums, and genres.
Music Online
Search five (American Song, Classical Music Library, Contemporary World Music, Jazz Music Library, and Smithsonian Global Sound) music databases simultaneously.
Oxford Art Online
Comprehensive reference resource for all aspects of the visual arts worldwide from prehistory to the present day.
Oxford Music Online
Access thousands of full-text articles covering more than 5,000 years of music history; including instruments, terms, composers, institutions, performers, patrons, and genres.
Smithsonian Global Sound for Libraries
This encyclopedia of the world's musical and aural traditions includes tracks of music, spoken word, and natural and human-made sounds. Browse by country, genre, cultural group, language, instrument, etc.