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Art, Design & Visual Studies

Welcome - Finding Articles in Library Databases

Welcome to the Art, Design & Visual Studies subject guide! You can use the left navigation menu to explore this guide. On this page you will find links to selected Art article databases available through Albertsons Library, information on creating a search, information on setting your Library Links in Google Scholar, and more.

For research assistance, please send an email to Elaine Watson, Librarian, at I am happy to meet with you in-person, or via Zoom or Google Meet.

Article Databases for Art

To find magazine or journal articles, use one of the Art databases listed below.  If you are off-campus, you will have to enter your Boise State username and password.


Academic Search Premier - includes journals, magazines, newspapers & more

ProQuest Central - includes journals, magazines, newspapers & more

JSTOR - archive of scholarly articles 3-5 years old and older

Google Scholar - search for scholarly literature in articles, books, theses and more (scroll down on this page to find instructions on setting your Library Links in Google Scholar)

Art History and Visual Art

Art & Architecture Complete - Indexes articles from art journals, magazines and books.

ArtBibliographies Modern - Indexes articles on modern and contemporary art, including photography, dating from the late 19th century to the present.

Artstor digital library - includes over 2.5 million images

Bibliography of the History of Art (BHA) 1990-2007 and Répertoire international de la littérature de l'art (RILA) 1975-1989 - Free Access via the Getty Research Institute. - Covers European and American visual arts publications published between 1975 and 2007. The BHA does not include "Find It" buttons, so you will have to use the Journals search or search for a book title on the library's site.

Getty Research Portal (Free Access) - an "online search platform providing worldwide access to an extensive collection of digitized art history texts from a range of institutions"

International Bibliography of Art - continues the Bibliography of the History of Art, 2008 - present. Includes European art, American art, global art, and visual arts in all mediums.

Oxford Art Online - includes the Grove Dictionary of Art and the Benezit Dictionary of Artists.


Gender Studies guide

Theses & Dissertations
           ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global

For databases in other subject areas, go to the Subject Guides list or the Articles and Databases page.

Creating a Search for a Library Database

In a library database, you must connect your keywords using the Boolean connectors AND, OR, and NOT. Think of this as simple coding that enables the database to understand and execute your search.

julie mehretu AND paintings
julie mehretu AND (painting* OR drawing*)
 --> Terms separated with an OR must be enclosed in parentheses.

Search Tips
Use an asterisk to find variant endings of a word, or to find the plural of a word. 
paint* will find paint, paints, painter, painters, painterly, painting, paintings
drawing* will find drawing, drawings

Use quotations to search for phrases.
kehinde wiley AND "hip-hop culture"

Research Assistance
If you need assistance creating a search on your research topic, contact your librarian.

Google Scholar - Linking to the Library's Find It Links and Catalog

Image of the Google Scholar logo
Another place to search for journal and periodical articles is Google Scholar. Below you will find instructions for setting 
your library links for Boise State University which will allow you to link to full text articles available in the Albertsons Library's subscription databases. You will also be able to link to the Library's catalog for books.

  1. Go to Google Scholar
  2. Select the 3-bar icon image of 3-bar icon in the upper left.
  3. In the left menu, select Settings at the bottom of the list.
  4. On the next screen, select Library Links in the left menu.
  5. Type Boise State University in the search box.
  6. Select the two check boxes for: a) Boise State University - Find It as Boise State; and b) Open WorldCat - Library Search.
  7. Select the Save button.
  8. Now you will be able to see Find It at Boise State links on the right side in your results list. These links may link you to the full text article in a library database or on a publisher's site.
  9. If you're looking at a book citation in Google Scholar, select the double arrows image of double arrows in Google Scholar , and then select Library Search to search for the book at Boise State University's Albertsons Library. If Albertsons Library owns a copy, select Borrow at the bottom of the record to be directed to the library's site.

Journal Titles Search

Find a Journal, Magazine or