Visual and Performing Arts Resources

Visual and Performing Arts Databases and Resources


Etruscan OboeMasterfile Premiere
This multidisciplinary database provides full text for more than 1,750 general reference publications with full text information dating as far back as 1975. Covering virtually every subject area of general interest, MasterFile Premiere also includes nearly 500 full text reference books, full text from 86,019 biographies, 105,787 full text primary source documents, and an Image Collection of 293,480 photos, maps and flags. This database is updated daily via Ebscohost  (Available through Ebsco)


Academic Search Complete
Multidisciplinary database contains more than 5,500 full-text periodicals, including more than 4,600 peer-reviewed journals.  (Available through Ebsco)

Humanities International Complete
Provides full text of hundreds of journals, books and other published sources from around the world. Produced by Whitston Publishing, this database includes all data from Humanities International Index plus unique full text content, much of which is not found in other databases. The database includes full text for more than 730 journals.  (Available through Ebsco)

Women's Studies International
Covers the core disciplines in Women's Studies to the latest scholarship in feminist research. Coverage includes more than 586,600 records and spans from 1972 and earlier to present. This database supports curriculum development in the areas of sociology, history, political science & economy, public policy, arts & humanities and more. Over 2,000 periodical sources are represented.  (Available through Ebsco)

Project Muse
This database is a unique collaboration between libraries and publishers providing 100% full-text access and user friendly online access to over 380 high quality humanities and social science journals form over 60 scholarly publishers.




Art Websites

PaintsVisual Arts Websites

Art on the Web
Maintained by the Boston College of Fine Arts Department, the site is updated frequently. Many links and categories.

The Artchive
Over 2,000 scanned images of fine art, historical background on art and artists, theory and criticism, and rotating "gallery" exhibitions.

Over 700 leading arts sites indexed to create a searchable, thorough database of online images of visual arts and the locations of the orginal works worldwide.

A searchable dictionary of terms related to the visual arts.
Large commercial site, with many links to online galleries and exhibits, and artists and their portfolios. Also, an online auction, bookstore and print store.

The ImageBase
The ImageBase is a searchable image and text database of over 82,000 objects from the collections of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

Web Gallery of Art
The Web Gallery of Art is a virtual museum and searchable database of European painting and sculpture of the Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque periods, currently containing over 8,000 reproductions. It currently contains over 15,000 reproductions.  Bibliographies, commentaries, and guided tours are available.  A search engine allows you to find pictures in the collection using various search criteria.  An excellent site!

World Wide Art History Resources
Includes artists' biographies, links to galleries and digital representations of their work, and more.


Performing ArtsRomeo and Juliet & Theater Websites

E-Text Center's Shakespeare Collection
Provides access to the text of Shakespeare's plays and other works. From the University of Virginia.

McCoy's Guide to Theatre Performance Studies
Lengthy, annotated guide to theater and performance related Internet resources.

Playbill Online
Large, informative site. Its link page, "Theatre Central," is comprehensive; it includes a directory of Theatre Professionals on the Internet (with bios, contact info, etc.) casting news, production listings and much more.

WWW Virtual Library Theater & Drama
Here you will find pointers to resources in more than 40 countries for professionals, amateurs, academics and students of all ages. Includes index to plays online. Collection of syllabi.


Music Resources Websites Provides comprehensive music information including reviews and biographies.

Aria Database
Search the database of over 1000 operatic arias by title, composer, or character name.

Essentials of Music
Music theory and history basics, as well as a glossary of music terms.

Synopses and song lists for many popular musicals.

Musicals 101
A guide to basic resources on musical theatre, television and film.

UVa's Music Library
Offers free sheet music, lessons, and tools for musicans who play. Also includes biographies and videos.