Museum Studies -- AAP
Here are selected databases to find scholarly articles on various topics. Please scroll down to see the topics. If your topic is not listed and/or to see more databases by topic, please browse our databases by subject page.
There are times when newspapers are appropriate. See a selection of newspapers below.
It is ok to search Google Scholar. Please be certain to configure Google Scholar to work with our library subscriptions. Configuring Google Scholar helps you avoid hitting a paywall for articles. The Google Scholar box on the library's homepage, is already preconfigured for your use.
See the full research guide for Newspapers for historical and international papers.
Search for books using our online catalog, Catalyst. Catalyst contains physical books as well as e-books.
When searching Catalyst,
- Keep it simple or for more complex searches use the advanced search feature.
- In your search results, be certain to check the subject headings assigned to books that seem relevant. Using a consistent subject heading will lead you to more relevant books.
- Refine your search to filter your results by format to limit to online.
- Books can be requested for home delivery.
- Consider using interlibrary loan to request a chapter from a print book.
- If you are outside of Maryland, email us to learn what privileges may be available from Universities in your state,
- If you live near our "Borrow Direct" partner Universities, you have borrowing privileges,
Eligible JHU students, faculty, and staff may register for on-site borrowing privileges at these Borrow Direct institutions:
- Brown University
- University of Chicago
- Columbia University
- Cornell University
- Dartmouth College
- Duke University
- Harvard University
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- University of Pennsylvania
- Princeton University
- Yale University
To do this, you must show your JHU ID and login to your BorrowDirect account. (Borrowing Library will show you how)
Once the institution authenticates you, they will give you a library card
- Borrowing privileges vary by institution, so please review individual library polices before your visit Borrowed items may be returned at either the lending library or JHU
Use this tab to find a selection of digitized archives and special collections. This list is not complete or comprehensive; it highlights some of the larger online digital archives. Whether you are researching particular documents or researching digitization strategies, you can use this list to discover how some leading institutions are approaching digitizing their archives.
The Archives of American Art is the world’s preeminent and most widely used research center dedicated to collecting, preserving, and providing access to primary sources that document the history of the visual arts in America.
The digital collection covers 15 centuries of digitized artwork and manuscripts, archived British newspapers, and maps from around the globe.
The digital library of the national library of France. Online since 1997, Gallica now has over 5 million digitized documents ranging from books to photographs to maps to newspapers to auction catalogues.
Non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more including newspaper articles, exhibition catalogues, and original source material
The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is the nation's record keeper. Known for keeping America's Founding Documents, NARA has textual records; maps, charts, architectural and engineering drawings; still photographs and graphics; aerial photographs; reels of motion picture film; video sound recordings and more.
Provides free public access to detailed descriptions of primary resource collections maintained by more than 200 contributing institutions including libraries, special collections, archives, historical societies, and museums throughout California and collections maintained by the 10 University of California (UC) campuses
The Library does not subscribe to any current source for art and heritage auction information. However, limited auction data is available at the websites below for free; more current or complete information can be acquired if you personally subscribe to these services.
It's possible that articles in journals and trade publications may have some auction information. So, you may wish to search Art Full Text to see if articles have been published on the object you're researching.
Invaluable (formerly ArtFact) provides an extensive list of auction houses in the U.S. and abroad in addition to listings for current auctions.