Art and Design – Bath Spa University

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We hold a selection of databases which contain full text and abstracts of e-journals. A full list of all our databases can be found on the Databases A-Z page. Key databases relevant for Art and Design are listed below.

Databases for Art and Design 

  • Art, Design & Architecture: the key online resource for art and design. Includes access to hundreds of journals. Select Full Text under the search box, and for the most academic articles, select Peer-Reviewed.
  • Art Full Text: the key online resource for fine art. This database is also searchable directly from the Library’s Search box. Includes access to more than 300 journals.
  • Artforum Archive: full archive of Artforum International journal.
  • Bloomsbury Applied Visual Arts: offers access to over 170 illustrated art and design ebooks.
  • Bloomsbury Berg Fashion Library: includes the Berg Encyclopedia of World Fashion and Dress; around 60 e-books; a colour image bank; plus articles and book chapters. Also includes the Fashion Photography Archive.
  • Bloomsbury Fashion Business Cases: presents real-world fashion business cases, and tackles important issues such as sustainability, technology, and ethics. Tutorial
  • Box of Broadcasts (BoB): an on-demand TV and radio service for education. This service allows students and staff to view, record, create clips and share broadcast programmes from over 60 TV and radio channels. Tutorial
  • Bridgeman Education: a database of art images.
  • Business Source Complete: articles on companies, brands and products. Also includes company reports and market research.
  • Cite Them Right: all the guidance you need to reference resources in your academic work.
  • Digimap: an online map and data delivery service offering a number of data collections, including Ordnance Survey, historical, geological and spatial data.
  • Euromonitor: articles,company profiles, market research reports and case studies of businesses. Tutorial
  • Fashion Photography Archive: see Bloomsbury Fashion Central.
  • Fashion Studies Online: fashion videos about designers, major fashion weeks (London, Paris, Milan, New York) and interviews with leading fashion personalities. 
  • Grove Art Online: art encyclopaediacovering both Western and non-Western art.
  • Gale OneFile: News: a UK newspaper database and a good source of exhibition reviews and articles about artists. Tutorial
  • Harpers Bazaar Archive: the full run of this US magazine from 1867 to the current issue.
  • Kanopy: a collection of feature films, short films and documentaries, free to stream. You can save clips and link to presentations etc.
  • LinkedIn Learning: combines the quality video tutorials of with the professional network features of LinkedIn.
  • Oxford English Dictionary: the full version of this essential reference resource.
  • Popular Culture in Britain and America, 1950-1975: primary sources and images.
  • Statista: a data platform with forecasts on over 400 industries. It also features many thousands of reports on a wide range of subject areas.
  • Vogue Archive: the full run of the US edition of the magazine from 1892 to the current issue.
Electronic journals

If you're looking for a particular e-journal title, use our Journals A-Z. Note that a single e-journal title may be held in several different e-journal collections (databases). Here is a selection of relevant e-journals for Art:

  • Afterimage
  • American Art
  • Animation Journal
  • Animation Practice
  • Aperture
  • Architectural Record
  • Art Bulletin
  • Art Journal
  • ArtNews
  • Art Monthly
  • Blackflash
  • Computer-Aided Design
  • Computer Arts
  • Costume
  • Fashion Practice
  • Fashion Theory
  • Flash Art
  • Interior Design
  • Interiors: Design, Architecture and Culture
  • Journal of Artists’ Books
  • Journal of Contemporary Painting
  • Journal of Design History
  • Journal of Interior Design
  • Journal of Visual Arts Practice
  • Photography and Culture
  • Print
  • Public Art Review
  • Sculpture
  • Source
  • Sight & Sound
  • Wallpaper
  • Wired
Print journals

We also subscribe to print journals, which you can locate via the Journals A-Z, including: 

  • Adbusters
  • Aesthetica
  • Afterall
  • Apollo
  • Architectural Review
  • Art in America
  • Artforum
  • Art News
  • Art Papers
  • Art Review
  • Blueprint
  • British Journal of Photography
  • Cabinet
  • Ceramic Review
  • Ceramics Monthly
  • Collezioni
  • Crafts
  • Creative Review
  • Domus
  • Drapers
  • Elephant
  • Embroidery
  • Eye
  • Frame
  • Frieze
  • Idea
  • Mark
  • Mix
  • Modern Painters
  • Novum
  • Port
  • Printmaking
  • Raw Vision
  • Selvedge
  • Surface Design
  • Studio Potter
  • Text
  • Uppercase
  • Varoom
  • View
  • Vogue
  • Zoom
  • Ads of the World: An advertising archive showing videos and photographs from campaigns from around the world.
  • Art UK: Images of artworks that are in public collections in the UK (over 3,200 public museums, art galleries, country houses, civic buildings and other institutions)
  • Artcyclopedia: Access to good-quality images of artworks from galleries and museums around the world. These can be used for study purposes.
  • Axisweb: Profiling and supporting contemporary artists of the UK.
  • Craft Directory: images and information from the Crafts Council, UK.
  • Creative Commons Search - access to services provided by Flickr, Fotopedia, Google Images, international museums and more.
  • Europeana Collections: Access to good-quality images of artworks from galleries and museums around the world. These can be used for study purposes.
  • Illustration Archive: Over a million illustrations from works of literature, philosophy, history and geography that are in the British Library’s collection. Mostly 18th and 19th
  • Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA): The gallery’s website, which includes some artists’ videos.
  • Inter-Library Loans: Found a really interesting article or book that we don’t have access to? Apply for a copy from a non Bath Spa Library here.
  • Know Your Place: digital historical mapping project 
  • Library Hub Discover (was Copac): Many university research library catalogues in one place – search for books or journals here.
  • Lux: British artists’ videos, and listings of relevant events.
  • RIBA: Royal Institute of British Architects
  • SCONUL Access: A scheme which allows many university library users to borrow or use books and journals at other libraries which belong to the scheme; it covers most of the university libraries in the UK and Ireland.
  • Tate Gallery Collections
    Search the entire Tate Gallery Collections.
  • Victoria & Albert Museum: Thousands of images from the gallery's collections.
  • VADS: Visual Arts Data Service which provides access to good-quality images of artworks from galleries and museums around the world. These can be used for study purposes.
  • Wellcome Collection: Artworks and photographs from the library at the Wellcome Institute, reflecting its interest in health and medicine.

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