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This is a selective list of freely available web resources relating to art and design that are useful for research. It includes links to portals to other library and archives collections and full-text content including e-books and e-journals.

The NAL also subscribes to a range of electronic resources available to walk-in users at Museum computers in the V&A's study room.

Archives Hub
Archives Hub enables searching across descriptions of archives held at over 250 institutions across the UK
Artists' Papers Register
A location register of the papers of artists, designers and craftspeople held in publicly accessible collections in the UK and Ireland
National Archives Discovery Search
Discovery holds more than 32 million descriptions of records held by The National Archives and more than 2,500 archives across the UK
Art History Resources
Art World in Britain 1660-1735
Primary sources and research tools for the study of art in late 17th and early 18th century Britain
Art Web Directories
ARLIS: Periodicals, Libraries and Other Sources
Directory of art libraries in the UK and Ireland, links to union library catalogues and international directories of art libraries
Art Web Directories
Art websites
Directory of art-related websites compiled by the British Library
Artists (Africa)
Monographs on African Artists
Bibliography of substantive monographs and exhibition catalogues about 20th-21st century African artists, and autobiographical writings by artists

Auctions and provenance
ARLIS: Other Sources of Information
Includes section describing libraries with Auction House Sale Catalogue collections in the UK and Ireland
Auctions and provenance
Getty Provenance Index
Series of searchable databases of archival documents, sales catalogues and works in public collections
Auctions and provenance
INHA Bibliothèque numérique
Many rare auction catalogues held in the INHA libraries have been digitised and are freely available on this portal. They are also available through the Getty Research Portal and Gallica. Click on 'Accedez aux collections' (red button) then 'imprimés' and then 'Catalogues de ventes'
Catalogues raisonnés
IFAR Catalogues Raisonnés Database
Database of published catalogues raisonnés and catalogues in preparation
WATCH – Writers Artists and Their Copyright Holders
Database of copyright contacts for writers, artists, and prominent figures in other creative fields
Charles Dickens - the Victorian Web
In-depth web pages and links to other resources on Charles Dickens, his life and works
Dickens Journals Online
DJO aims to provide a complete online edition of Dickens' weekly magazines Household Words and All the Year Round
e-books (art)
Getty Publications Virtual Library
Free digital backlist titles from the Getty Publications Archives. Titles can be read online or downloaded in PDF format
e-books (art)
Getty Research Portal
Portal for digitised art history texts from libraries worldwide. Includes rare books, early foundation literature and important periodicals
e-books (art)
Free digital backlist titles from the Guggenheim Museum
e-books (art)
Portal for the Metropolitan Museum's publishing programme. Includes link to a growing archive of out-of-print titles (Back titles with full-text online) which can be read online or downloaded in PDF format
e-books (general)
Google Books
Portal for digitised books with full-text searching, snippets and downloading for public domain titles and links to bookshops and libraries worldwide
e-books (general)
Hathi Trust Digital Library
Portal offering millions of titles digitised from libraries around the world
e-books (general)
Internet Archive
Portal for digitised texts, audio, moving images, software and archived web pages. Introduction to the Internet Archive
e-books (general)
WorldCat is the world’s largest network of library content permits you to refine your search results by format including 'e-book' and a 'View Now' link for full-text where found
DOAJ: Directory of Open Access Journals
Access to over 10,000 free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals
Modernist Journals Project
Major resource for the study of modernism in the English-speaking world. Includes digital editions of culturally significant magazines from 1890 to 1922
Exhibition catalogues
Royal Academy of Arts Winter Exhibition Catalogues 1870 to 1939
Digitised and full-text searchable Royal Academy Winter Exhibition catalogues from 1870 to 1939
British Printed Images to 1700
Digital library of prints and book illustrations from early modern Britain
Culture Grid
Online service that facilitates searching across collections and images held in museums, galleries, libraries and archives
Database of Mid-Victorian wood-engraved illustration
Contains records and images of 868 literary illustrations that were published in or around 1862, providing bibliographical and iconographical details, and high resolution images
Early Modern Festival Books Database
Presents more than 3,000 festival books published between 1500 and 1800 in 12 languages
Europeana Fashion
Over 700,000 fashion-related digital objects about the history of European fashion provided by 22 partners from 12 European countries
John Johnson Collection: An Archive of Printed Ephemera
Contains more than 65,000 digitised items drawn from the collection of John de Monins Johnson (1882-1956), held at the Bodleian Library. His vast collection includes posters and handbills for theatrical and non-theatrical entertainments, broadsides relating to murders and executions, book and journal prospectuses, popular topographical prints, and a wealth of different kinds of printed advertising material
Museum of Design in Plastics (MoDiP)
Collections and information on over 12,500 artefacts providing a comprehensive history of plastics in design
VADS (Visual Arts Data Service)
Visual arts images freely available and copyright cleared for use in learning, teaching and research in the UK
Your Paintings
Website that aims to show the entire national collection of oil paintings and where to see them in museums and public institutions in the UK
International Exhibitions
International Exhibitions, Expositions Universelles, World's Fairs 1851-2005: a bibliography
Major bibliography of secondary works on the history of international exhibitions mainly held in North America and Western Europe between 1851 and 2005. Covers more than one hundred different fairs held in more than twenty different countries
International Exhibitions
Visit 1862
An online space dedicated to exploring the 1862 International Exhibition
Universal Leonardo
Universal Leonardo documents a series of European exhibitions that took place in 2006-07. The website also includes reproductions of paintings, drawings, manuscripts and inventions
Library Catalogues
RIBA catalogue
Catalogue of the RIBA's collections of archives, books, drawings, journals and photographs
Library catalogues (serials)
SUNCAT enables researchers to locate both print and electronic journals, newspapers, magazines, newsletters and other serial publications held in research libraries across the UK
Library Catalogues (union catalogues)
Art Discovery Group Catalogue (WorldCat)
Group catalogue offering an art-focused research experience within WorldCat. Participating art library catalogues are searchable alongside additional content from a multitude of online journals and databases
Library Catalogues (union catalogues)
Artlibraries.net: Virtual Catalogue for Art History
International meta catalogue that searches across participating art library catalogues worldwide
Library Catalogues (union catalogues)
Copac brings together and facilitates cross searching of the catalogues of the UK and Ireland's major research libraries: national, academic and specialist
Library Catalogues (union catalogues)
English Short Title Catalogue (ESTC)
Database of works printed between 1473 and 1800, mainly in English, held at the British Library and institutions worldwide
Library Catalogues (union catalogues)
Incunabula Short Title Catalogue (ISTC)      
International database of 15th century European printed works held in institutions worldwide
Library Catalogues (union catalogues)WorldCatWorldCat is the world's largest network of library content
Looted art
Entartete Kunst Database
Index of "Degenerate Art" works confiscated in 1937 in German museums. Individual entries from the V&A's copy of the Entartete Kunst inventory have been included in this database maintained by the Freie Universität Berlin
Print Council of America
Free online edition of The Print Council Index to Oeuvre-Catalogues of Prints by European and American Artists by Timothy A. Riggs, expanded and updated by Lauren B. Hewes and Nicole Simpson. The database now contains entries for European and American prints, print publishers, drawings, and photographs; and Japanese prints and photographs. Functions as an index to Bartsch, Hollstein and many other standard reference works for identifying prints
Rare books
Brtish Armorial Bindings
A comprehensive catalogue of all the coats of arms, crests, and other heraldic devices that have been stamped by British owners on the outer covers of their books, together with the bibliographical sources of the stamps
Rare books
Consortium of European Research Libraries (CERL)
Shares expertise and provides resources for the study of the European printed culture in the hand-press period (c. 1455 - c. 1830)
Reference resources
Dictionary of Art Historians
A biographical/bibliographical lexicon of historic scholars of art

Reference resources
Frits Lugt - Les Marques des collections de dessins et d’estampes
Free online version of Fritz Lugt's Les Marques de Collections de Dessin et d'Estampes (Collectors' Marks on Drawings and Prints) published in 1921, with a Supplement in 1956. With about 4,000 new marks and old marks revised and completed, the database is searchable by Lugt number, collection name and location and description of the mark. Includes digital images of marks
Reference resources
Getty vocabularies (AAT,  CONA, TGN, ULAN)
Authoritative, structured terminology for art, architecture, decorative arts and other material culture and artist and geographic names provided by the Getty
Mapping Sculpture
The first authoritative study of sculptors, related businesses and trades investigated in the context of creative collaborations, art infrastructures, professional networks and cultural geographies. The database contains over 50,000 records about sculptural practice in Britain and Ireland, 1851-1951
Tax-Exempt Heritage Assets
Tax-Exempt Heritage Assets
Information on the Conditional Exemption Tax-Exemption Scheme and access to the Database of tax-exempt heritage assets

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