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Databases

Compiles subscription & in-house image databases, plus how-to-use information

Links for subscription databases below work from computers on-campus. Remote Access System: To access databases from off-campus, go to the Remote Access page. From that page, click on any database link, then enter your MICA user name and password (same as My MICA Portal log-in). The log-in will take you directly to the selected database for searching.

Academic Search Premier

This database has thousands of images, many of which are taken from journalistic archives. You can find a picture of just about anything and anyone, but don't expect to find much artwork.

How to use:
Click on "More" and select "Images" from the drop-down menu. Simply enter a word or words in the search box and click Search. Use Boolean operators such as "And" and "Or" to narrow or broaden your search.

AP Images

Primary source images and media for research, available to download for use in design projects. Provides over 4.6 million photographs from 1826 to current; tens of thousands of graphics; more than 4,500 hours of audio files dating from the 1920’s; news stories and headlines dating from 1997. Content is provided by The Associated Press.

How to use:
Coming Soon!

Art Full Text

Use Art Full Text to find images that appear on the pages of art-related journals.

How to use:
Select Art Reproduction from the "Document Type" drop-down menu and Title from the drop-down menu to the right of the search box. Type the subject or title words in the search box and click Start.

To find a specific artwork by an artist, type the artist's last name into the first search box and choose Artist from the drop-down menu to the right. Type keywords from the artwork title into the second search box and click Start.

Art Museum Image Gallery

The Art Museum Image Gallery has over 96,000 images of art from international museum sources. Each image is fully described and is rights-cleared for educational use. It has excellent coverage of 20th Century Art.

How to use:
Use the drop-down menu to the right of the search box to make the search more specific. Choose Title if some title words are known and Artist if the artist is known.

ARTstor

ARTstor has nearly 1 million digital images that can be magnified for greater detail. Most of the images represent the canon of Art History.

How to use:
Click Enter Here on the top-right of the page. Enter search terms such as artist name or title words in the search box to the left. Use the Advanced Search by entering search terms in the first box on the left. Use the drop-down menu on the right to choose a search of the title field or the creator field. The default search of "in any field" will search such fields as material, repository, site, culture, etc. Additional search terms can be added using the boxes directly underneath. The drop-down menus to the left of those search boxes allow the use of Boolean operators (And, Or, Not). Double-click an image from the results page for a larger size or double-click a caption for more information on the image.

Berg Fashion Library

Searchable access to an expanding range of Berg content collections – including the Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion online, e-books, reference works, images, and much more.

How to use:
Coming soon!

Cinema Image Gallery

Over 150,000 digital still images from movies, television and the entertainment industry, plus over 4,000 posters and other promotional images.

How to use:
Enter search terms and click Start. Use the drop-down menu on the right to search specific fields such as genre or director. Advanced options at the bottom of the page will limit the search by year, image type, award category, and genre. From the results page, click on an image to view a larger size. There will then be an option to enlarge the image even more.

Dover Art Series

This is a searchable visual index to Dover Art series books held at Decker Library. It contains ~150 titles, with 2 images for each book.

How to use:
Use the drop down menu to the left of the search box to choose how a Dover title will be searched. Use "Contains" to search any combination of letters or words that may be in the title or "Starts with" to search for the word or letters at the beginning of a title. The "check availability" link next to each call number allows you to quickly view the book's Decker Library catalog record to see if the book is currently available.

Grove Art Online

Oxford Art Online has about 6,000 images and 40,000 image links among its thousands of entries on everything related to art.

How to use:
Enter search terms in the "Search for images only" search box and click "SEARCH." From the results, click on an image or the citation hyperlink. A link to the articles that reference the image will appear to the right and the image on the left can be enlarged. The Advanced Search has the option of including image links with the results. Click "Advanced Search" and then click the "Image Search" tab. Enter search terms and check "Links to images on other webites."

Media Resources Collection (log-in required)

Use this database to search the more than 215,000 slides and digital images available in MICA's Media Resources Collection. The digital images can be downloaded for use in lectures and presentations. You can view slides in the MRC, or borrow them to view elsewhere. Note that all films, videos, slides, and digital images provided by the MRC are now contained in the Decker Library and MRC Catalog.

How to use:
You must login to this database using your MICA username and password. Once you are logged in, type keywords such as artist name or title words and click "Search." Click on the title to see the full record or click on the thumbnail image to see the full image. Once the image is displayed, you can click on the image to enlarge it further.