Oxford Art

Oxford Art Online Database

Oxford art online

Oxford Art Online is the access point for Grove Art Online, Benezit Dictionary of Artists, Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, Oxford Companion to Western Art, and Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms. Includes image partnerships and a digital image search.



Bénézit Dictionary of Artists, part of Oxford Art OnlineIncluded in Oxford Art Online is the Bénézit Dictionary of Artists (also available in print at the Library Annex). Bénézit includes some auction records in biographical entries on individual photographers.

Reference Collections

The print reference collection on art and art history is located on the first level of the Mui Ho Fine Arts Library.

In Olin Library, the print reference collection is located on the first floor.

Examples of resources in print and online include: bibliographies, directories, dictionaries (of symbols, terms, techniques, etc.), a few catalogues raisonnés, subject encyclopedias, guides, handbooks, manuals...

Oxford Bibliographies

Oxford Bibliographies Online

Offers bibliographies on many, many topics (a few pertinent individual titles listed below). Provides introductions to each topic area, and includes guides to introductory works, textbooks, guidebooks, journals, reference works etc., and links to useful websites.

Offers peer-reviewed annotated bibliographies on specific topics in a growing range of subject areas. There are at least 50 specific topical bibliographies in each subject area. Each of these features an introduction to the topic. Bibliographies are browseable by subject area and keyword searchable. 

Help from Oxford: Anatomy of an Article

Bibliographies available at Cornell (bolded titles indicate substantial art-related subject matter):

  • African Studies
  • American Literature
  • Anthropology
  • Atlantic History
  • Art History
  • British & Irish Literature
  • Buddhism
  • Chinese Studies
  • Biblical Studies
  • Classics
  • Communication
  • Criminology
  • Cinema & Media Studies
  • International Relations
  • Islamic Studies
  • Jewish Studies
  • Hinduism
  • Latino Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Management
  • Latin American Studies
  • Military History
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Medieval Studies
  • Psychology
  • Public Health
  • Renaissance & Reformation
  • Political Science
  • Sociology
  • Victorian Literature
  • Social Work