Art Appraisal: Electronic Resources

A guide to appraising works of art in Utah.

Art on the Web

The University of Utah subscribes to a number of online art databases. These databases all have something unique to offer. Some are collections of images while others are collections of online journals with a focus on art. These databases are available to all University students and staff. Please feel free to call or stop by if you need help navigating these online resources.


Art Journal Databases


Art Full Text (1984-present; Full-text 1997-present) is a bibliographic database that indexes and abstracts articles from periodicals published throughout the world in virtually all areas of art, architecture, and archaeology. Additional full-text coverage for selected periodicals is also included.

Art Index Retrospective (1929-1984) is an in-depth record of contemporary art history, Art Index Retrospective allows users to search 55 years of art journalism. Users can research English-language sources, plus others published in French, Italian, German, Spanish, and Dutch. Besides periodicals, users have access to data from important yearbooks and select museum bulletins. Art Index Retrospective helps users find contemporary criticism of art at the time of its debut, track the body of work of an artist or movement, find artist's interviews and other commentary, and much more.

Bibliography of the History of Art (BHA) 1973-present is the world's most extensive abstracting and indexing service for current literature on the history of art in Europe and the New World.

JSTOR offers a high-quality, interdisciplinary archive to support scholarship and teaching. It includes archives of over one thousand leading academic journals across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences, as well as select monographs and other materials valuable for academic work. The entire corpus is full-text searchable, offers search term highlighting, includes high-quality images, and is interlinked by millions of citations and references.

Oxford Art Online contains over 45,000 articles on every aspect of the visual arts – painting, sculpture, graphic arts, architecture, decorative arts and photography – from prehistory to the present day.

Art Images Databases


ARTStor is a digital library of more than one million images and 360°-panoramas of art, architecture, cultural objects, maps, ephemera, and more. It provides a set of tools to view, present, and manage images for research and pedagogical purposes. This digital library serves historians of art and architecture and others engaged in the visual arts, as well as individuals in humanities and social science fields as diverse as Anthropology, Asian Studies, Classical Studies, Dance, Gender Studies, History, Literary Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, Music, Native American Studies, Religious Studies, and Theater.

Art Auction Sites

Artfact Live! is the world's premier live auction bidding platform, enabling collectors and dealers around the globe to bid online in real-time on over 100,000 upcoming items for sale at auction. More than 150 traditional, international auction houses host their auctions exclusively on the Artfact Live! platform.

Artnet is the place to buy, sell and research fine art online. Our online Gallery Network is the largest of its kind, with over 2,200 galleries in over 250 cities worldwide, more than 166,000 artworks by over 39,000 artists from around the globe. The Network serves dealers and art buyers alike by providing a survey of the market and its pricing trends, as well as the means to communicate instantly, inexpensively and globally.

AskART is an online database containing over 35,000 American artists from the early 16th-Century through the present. Criteria for artist inclusion are that the artist was born in the United States, spent a significant part of their career here, or although briefly in residence, created work of ongoing historical interest to Americans. Includes auction house directories and sale records.

Marriott Library Online Resources

Utah Artists Project. The goal of the Utah Artists Project is to improve access to information about and knowledge of the work of Utah's most prominent visual artists--beginning with a core list of 200 artists. Artist pages include biographical information, images of artwork, archive materials, and lists of ephemera.

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