Lets you search for scholarly articles, books, and exhibition catalogs related to global art created since 1945, including architectural history as well as the visual arts.
Database quirks: This database picks up where the Bibliography of the History of Art leaves off. For best results, search both International Bibliography of Art (for articles published from ~2005-present) and Bibliography of the History of Art (for articles published up to 2007).
This database lets you find articles relating to art, architecture, and photography. It includes both scholarly journals and art magazines.
Database quirks: Art Index doesn't search the full text of journal articles. However, it does let you narrow down results to articles discussing a specific artist and/or work - run a search, click on an article, and you'll see which exact term is used to describe the artist and work - e.g. "Pissaro, Camile" instead of "Camile Pissaro."
A great place to start searching for images. These images are taken from museum and library collections. They're usually high-resolution images that are easy to work with, since you can zoom in and still see full detail of the image.
You'll need to create a free ARTstor account in order to download images, but it's easy and you'll only need to do it once.