General Art History Resources
CSUSB's subscription includes Grove Art Online, The Oxford Companion to Western Art, Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms. These resources serve as a good starting point to find encyclopedia-style entries on artists, styles, and periods.
CSUSB subscribes to this image database of nearly 1.5 million images. The images cover a large range of cultural heritage including art, history, anthropology, and more.
Smart history was designed to be an alternative to the typical art history textbook. You can search by period, style, artist, and even theme. You'll find videos, images, essays, and suggestions for further reading.
This site aggregates videos from a range of reputable sources like museums and galleries. Here, you'll find interviews with artists, curators commentary on exhibitions, and other documentary or podcast style videos.
A free online archive of digital works that has been around since 1999. Submissions to the archive are reviewed by a curatorial staff.
The timeline runs from prehistory to modern day and includes maps, essays, images, and various ways to browse the timeline. This is a great place to begin your research
Museums and Galleries Collections
In Print and More
Available in the VRC:
Library books at CSUSB are cataloged with Library of Congress Subject Headings. To explore items catalogued under the subject of art history, you may want to use terms for stylistic periods (Renaissance, Fauvism), artist names, and the term art history.
Though the online catalog is a great tool, sometimes it's helpful to go and browse the resources in the library. Art history is a huge topic. In fact, all books with a call number starting with N are about some topic in the visual arts. If you choose to do go to the library, you might want to start in the following call number ranges: N5300-7418 (Art history- includes items about individual artists), N7429.7-7433 (Technique, composition and style), N7475-7483 (Art Criticism).
Professional Organizations and foundations
Society of Architectural Historians
$55 or $65 annually for a student membership
College Art Association /
$50 annually for a student membership
Design History Society
$56 for a student membership (based out of the UK)
Association of Art Historians
About $40 annually for basic membership (based out of the UK)