Literature Indexes Researching the Visual Arts in Canada

| Indexes to Literature on Art |
| General Literature Indexes (not exclusively art-related) |


Use the Indexes listed below to find articles in periodicals, book titles, catalogues, etc. searchable by subject. Web addresses are given for those available on-line, check your library for electronic versions (CD-ROMs) as well.

Most library websites carry lists by title or by subject of their electronic databases held in their collections (with full descriptions). Consult the list for Concordia and for McGill for example -- to view the lists of art-related databases, choose subject headings such as Fine Arts, Humanities, and Multidisciplinary.



Some Indexes to Literature on Art

Architectural Index

Online index giving citations to articles in major architectural and related magazines as far back as 1982. Full use is by subscription but limited searches can be performed in the Free Area. Also provides a list of titles of periodicals indexed.

Art and Archaeology Technical Abstracts. Concordia University Library Call # Index AM 1 I555 1968 - ONWARD

Abstract, articles, reports, news items, and books dealing with technical examination, investigation, analysis, restoration, preservation, and artistic significance. Updates semiannually.

ArtBibliographies Modern. Concordia University Library Call # INDEX N 1 A62x 1972 - ONWARDS

Citations with abstracts to literature in all aspects of 19th- and 20th- century art. Includes references to art journals, museum bulletins, exhibition catalogs and books. CD-ROM version holds citations from 1984 onward, printed version goes to1995.

Art Index. Quarterly with an annual cumulation. Concordia Library Call # Index N 1 A7 1929-ONWARD.

CD-ROM version contains indexing back to September 1984. There are over 300 journals indexed cover to cover.

Articles on art appearing in eleven Canadian periodicals in the English language of the nineteenth century. Compiled by Karen Love. Concordia University Library Call # N 25 L67X 1974

Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals.
Concordia University Library Call # Reference N1 A1 C65x 1973-ONWARDS

A comprehensive listing of journal articles on architectural design, the history and practice of architecture, landscape architecture, historic preservation, interior design, and city planning.

Bibliography of the History of Art / Bibliographie d'Histoire de l'Art (BHA).`Concordia University Library Call # Index N1 B52 1991-ONWARD

Canadian Architectural Periodicals Index, 1940-1980. Concordia University Library Call #Reference NA 6  B47+

The Concordia University Art Index to Nineteenth-Century Canadian Periodicals. Edited by Hardy George. Concordia University Library Call # Reference N 1 C7X 1981

Design and Applied Art Index. Concordia University Library Call # Index NK 1 D42 1987 - ONWARD.

Original Index to Art Periodicals. Concordia University Library Call # Reference N1 A1F74+

Covers articles in periodicals from 1850s to 1960.

RIBA British Architectural Library Catalogue Online

A fully searchable index to over 300 architectural periodicals.  Over 15,000 records are added yearly to the already substantial number of records catalogued and indexed since the early 1980s, including archival material from the RIBA Drawings and Special Collections.

RILA. Repertoire international de la litterature de l'art / The International Repertory of the Literature of Art. Concordia University Library Call # INDEX N1 42+ 1975-1989

Abstracts worldwide literature on Western art in all media from late antiquity (4th century) to the present. Abstracted materials include books, periodical articles, conference proceedings, Festschriften, collected essays, exhibition catalogues, museum publications, and doctoral dissertations. The database contains nearly 135,000 records representing the full 15 volumes of RILA published before its 1990 merger with its French counterpart, the Répertoire d'Art et d'Archéologie (RAA), to become the Bibliography for the History of Art / Bibliographie d'Histoire de l'Art (BHA).


General Indexes (not exclusively art-related)

Academic Index
. Concordia University Library Call #  Reference AI 3 A25 CD-ROM

Provides citations to articles from the four latest years in over 400 scholarly and general-interest journals in the social sciences, humanities and the sciences. Also indexes the last 6 months of the New York Times.

America: History and Life. Concordia University Library Call # Reference E 11 A42X CD-ROM 1964 - ONWARD

Citations to books and dissertations and citations with abstracts to articles from some 2,000 journals published worldwide. Covers all aspects of U.S. and Canadian history, culture and current affairs from prehistoric times to the present. Coverage of Canadian history including art, artists, decorative arts, etc

The Anthropological Index to Current Periodicals in the Museum of Mankind Library (UK)

More than 750 journals can be searched for bibliographic information from 1970 onward.

Canadian Periodical Index. Concordia University Library Call # Index AI3 C2  1920-ONWARD [Monthly, with annual cumulation].

Covering most of the same publications as the Canadian Database explained above. CD-ROM version (CPI-Q) contains records dating back to 1988.

First Nations Periodical Index

An on-line index to articles in journals of mainly Canadian Native content (years and issues indexed vary -- includes Aboriginal Voices).

General Periodicals (GPO). Concordia Library Call # Reference AI 3 G46 CD-ROM 1986 - ONWARD

Provides citations with abstracts to over 1600 general reference and scholarly journals in all subject disciplines, as well as the full-text from over 400 of these journals. Also provides citations with abstracts to the current six months of the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.

Humanities Index. Concordia Library Call # Index AI 3 I521 1974 - ONWARD

Not devoted exclusively to art and architecture. Citations (with abstracts from 1994) to articles in over 400 periodicals in theology, religion, performing arts, literary and political criticism, language and literature, philosophy, history, and classical studies. Provides some Canadian coverage

Point de Repere. Concordia University Library Call # Index AI 7 P64 1984 - ONWARD

Includes references to periodicals from France, Quebec and other Francophone countries.

Sociofile. Electronic version available in Concordia's libraries or via modem with Concordia computer accounts.  1974 - ONWARD

Dealing with all aspects of the fields of sociology and anthropology. For pre-1974 articles, see the printed version.

UnCover. Electronic version. Available in Concordia's libraries or via modem with Concordia computer accounts. 1989 - ONWARD

UnCover is a periodical index database and article delivery system that lists articles from the tables of contents of over 17,000 journals. Subject coverage for the humanities is approximately 11% and 3% for fine arts. Updated daily.


Note: For indexes to non-academic literature, such as fashion magazines, try searching Reader's Guide to Periodical Literature or Ovid's Periodical Abstracts (check your library for these databases)

Last updated: 25 septembre 2007


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