The North Carolina Museum of Art




Resources Available in the Library

Online Catalogue

The Museum Library’s catalogue is part of the State Library’s Government and Heritage Library online catalogue. Search results can be sorted by or limited to the “Museum of Art Library” option. Some older publications can be searched in the Library in the card catalogue.

Databases

NCLIVE
Includes the following databases:

  • Academic Search Premier (access to magazines, journals, etc.)
  • Britannica Online
  • CAMIO
  • ProQuest Newspapers (Christian Science Monitor, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post)

This site can be accessed with assistance in the Museum Library.

Merriam-Webster Dictionary Online
This site can be accessed in the Museum Library.

Oxford Art Online
Includes access to the following resources:

  • Grove Art Online
  • The Oxford Companion to Western Art
  • Encyclopedia of Aesthetics
  • Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms

This site can be accessed in the Museum Library.

JSTOR
JSTOR is a database of full-text articles from many disciplines. For most journal titles, the full range of years of publication runs can be found (except for the last two to five years depending on the journal title). Some current full-text journal articles may be found through Academic Search Premier database (see NCLIVE above). Access to this database is free in the Museum Library.

Auction Catalogues and Web Sites

The Library has several auction catalogues in its collection, including printed volumes of Gordon’s, Davenport’s, and the Art Price Index. Access to many online auction sites is available through the Museum Library’s in-house subscriptions, including:

Hislop’s Art Sales Index
Art Sales Index, based in the UK, holds auction results from major auction houses from as early as the 1920s to the present. Searching this database is free, but a login is required.

Artnet.com
Artnet.com is a New York–based database that holds auction results dating from 1984 to the present. Major auction houses are covered, both American and European. This database can be accessed with assistance in the Museum Library.

Artprice.com
Artprice.com is French in origin. Results are from both larger and smaller auction houses. General searches can be done without subscribing. More in-depth details can be accessed with assistance in the Museum Library.

AskArt
AskArt.com focuses primarily on American artists. Some information is available without a subscription. More in-depth details can be accessed with assistance in the Museum Library.

Art History Bibliographical Indices

Art Index
An index of over 200 art journals and magazines. This database can be accessed with assistance in the Museum Library.

BHA—Bibliography of the History of Art
This site is available free, courtesy of the Getty Institute. Entries are updated through December 2009. Newer entries will be available through a paid subscription to a site hosted by ProQuest called IBA (International Bibliography of Art). Indexing will include art from Asia, Latin America, and Africa, in addition to European and American art. A paid subscription is not yet available.  

Art Periodicals

The Library has a collection of current and back issues of several important journals related to art trends, art history, and museum studies. See featured titles

  • African Arts 
  • Apollo
  • Art Bulletin
  • ArtForum 
  • Art in America 
  • Art News
  • Art Papers
  • Burlington Magazine
  • Modern Painters
  • Museum

Ask the Librarian

Reference services are provided in person, by telephone at (919) 664-6770, or by email.