History of Art


Web Resources

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

British Library http://www.bl.uk/
COPAC http://www.copac.ac.uk/
Tate Gallery http://www.tate.org.uk/research/
Google Scholar http://scholar.google.com/
OIAster http://oaister.umdl.umich.edu/o/oaister/
Getty vocabularies http://www.getty.edu/research/conducting_research/vocabularies/
Voice of the Shuttle http://vos.ucsb.edu/
Papers of Surrealism http://www.surrealismcentre.ac.uk/publications/papers/
Artists Papers Register http://www.apr.ac.uk/artists/home.htm
UbuWeb http://www.ubu.com/
Luxonline http://www.luxonline.org.uk
International Dada Archive, University of Iowa http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/dada/index.html
Bill Douglas Centre for the History of Cinema and Popular Culture, University of Exeter http://www.centres.ex.ac.uk/bill.douglas/

RESKIN: Research & The Internet

By Julian Stallabrass, Courtauld Institute:

Project Gutenberg: http://www.gutenberg.org/

Internet Archive: http://www.archive.org/

IA Wayback Machine: http://www.archive.org/web/web.php

Historical Materialism:


Retort email network: to subscribe email retort@sonic.net

Institute of Distributed Creativity: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2457237647

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 http://www.wired.com/techbiz/it/magazine/16-03/ff_free

Picture sharing:


Lawrence Lessig blog: www.lessig.org/blog

Wolfram Alpha http://www.wolframalpha.com/

Komar and Melamid http://awp.diaart.org/km/

Natalie Bookchin and Alexei Shulgin's Introduction to net.art (1994-1999) http://on1.zkm.de/netcondition/projects/project06/netart

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]

Amazon [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 http://sounds.bl.uk/

Ubuweb http://www.ubuweb.com/

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] http://www.zotero.org/

DevonThink [mac only and not free] http://www.devon-technologies.com/products/devonthink/

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: http://www.gilliesarchives.org.uk/Tonks%20pastels/index.html

Project Façade: www.projectfacade.com

2K Forum: “Project Façade vs BioShock?” http://forums.2kgames.com/forums/archive/index.php/t-1836.html

Bioshock Making Of – Characters (view from 5:50): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQ7YT8Ajr0c

Wellcome Images: http://images.wellcome.ac.uk/