Research Skills Intercollegiate Network

The programme is supported by the AHRC, LAHP and CHASE

Participating institutions:

The Bartlett School of Architecture
Birkbeck History of Art
The Warburg Institute
Courtauld Institute of Art
Goldsmiths College
UCL Slade School of Fine Art
UCL History of Art

Web Resources

Web-Based Resources for Art History and Visual Culture: Text

British Library
Tate Gallery
Google Scholar
Getty vocabularies
Voice of the Shuttle
Papers of Surrealism
Artists Papers Register
International Dada Archive, University of Iowa
Bill Douglas Centre for the History of Cinema and Popular Culture, University of Exeter

RESKIN: Research & The Internet

By Julian Stallabrass, Courtauld Institute:

Project Gutenberg:

Internet Archive:

IA Wayback Machine:

Historical Materialism:

Retort email network: to subscribe email

Institute of Distributed Creativity:

Chris Anderson, Free: The Future of a Radical Price: The Economics of Abundance and Why Zero Pricing Is Changing the Face of Business, Random House, London 2009

Picture sharing:

Lawrence Lessig blog:

Wolfram Alpha

Komar and Melamid

Natalie Bookchin and Alexei Shulgin's Introduction to


By Eva Bensasson, Courtauld Institute

1. Incoming information
Finding text:

Institutional repositories

Online Journals

Publishers’ websites  

[often sample chapters]

Google books  

[use a different browser to continue reading if you reach your page limit]


[edit your ‘viewing history’ in order to make best use of Amazon’s ‘suggestions’]

Online sharing groups  

[check legality]

Finding images, sound and video:

Artists’ own websites

British library sound archive


Interviews with artists

Sound files

Artists’ videos

Video documentation of art performances


2. Managing the information

Research databases / reference management systems

Zotero [free, sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation]

DevonThink [mac only and not free]

If using EndNote, remember to set the preferences in Google Scholar to easily import references.

Importance of noting the access dates for information found online and where possible saving a PDF or other copy – the information may not still be there when you return.

Research blogs – be careful what you ‘casually’ post if aimed at a professional group and you are using your real name.

3. Putting information out

Online Publishing [for a discussion of online publishing in academia, please see the first chapter of Gary Hall’s book, referenced below]

Personal Learning Networks (or ‘communities of interest’)

If one does not exist, make your own. Private or public:

Further reading

Hall, Gary (2008) Digitize This Book!: The Politics of New Media, or Why We Need Open Access Now. Minneapolis, MN: U. of Minnesota Press.

See also:

By Suzannah Biernoff, Birkbeck College

Henry Tonks pastels on the Gillies Archives website:

Project Façade:

2K Forum: “Project Façade vs BioShock?”

Bioshock Making Of – Characters (view from 5:50):

Wellcome Images: