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The Thomas J. Watson Library's E-Resources pages provide a selected list of electronic resources of particular interest to researchers in art history. In some cases these entries include e-resources that routinely include art from Africa, Oceania and Native America. To this list we have added other, more specific e-resources under each category.

Auction Sales and Provenance

A listing of databases with information on individual sales lots. You can also search WATSONLINE for records of individual auction sales catalogs held by the libraries of the Metropolitan Museum (click here for an example).

In addition several auction houses that offer 'primitive' or 'tribal' art at auction maintain web sites with news about upcoming sales, details on individual lots, and …

  • Sotheby's
  • Christie's
  • Whomever

Biographical Resources

Dictionaries, Encyclopedias & Reference Sources


A comprehensive list of electronic journals available through the WATSONLINE catalog. Searching is available by individual title or by subject. Some subject searches may be further refined by geographical area, such as History & Archaeology - Regions & Countries: Africa or Languages & Literatures: Austronesian, Papuan and Australian Languages & Literatures.

RGL e-journals (test phase)

Image Databases

Click here for a selection of image database search engines from the Watson Library information pages.


Anthropology Plus
A bibliographic index to articles and essays on anthropology and archaeology, including art history, demography, economics, psychology, and religious studies. Updated quarterly, Anthropological Literature indexes articles two or more pages long in works published in English and other European languages. Available to Museum staff in-house or via proxy through OCLC's FirstSearch; outside researchers may have access through their home institution.

Anthropological Index Online
Based on the journal holdings of The Anthropology Library at the The British Museum (formerly Museum of Mankind) which receives periodicals in all branches of anthropology, from academic institutions and publishers around the world. Included in Anthropology Plus above.

Handbook of Latin American Studies
A bibliography on Latin America consisting of works selected and annotated by scholars. Edited by the Hispanic Division of the Library of Congress, the multidisciplinary Handbook alternates annually between the social sciences and the humanities. Each year, more than 130 academics from around the world choose over 5,000 works for inclusion in the Handbook. Continuously published since 1936, the Handbook offers Latin Americanists an essential guide to available resources.

The Library Catalog of the Smithsonian Institution
Includes extensive coverage of the literature of African, American Asian, contemporary, and design and decorative art; conservation science, and museum studies. For African studies the catalog includes entries for journal articles and chapters in edited works; illustrations; and [more].

Maps & Geography

Maps of Africa
Features digital copies 113 antique maps dating from the 16th-20th century from the Melville J. Herskovits Library of African Studies (or the Africana Library) at Northwestern University.


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