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Library - Visual Resources Collection Guide: Online Research Links

A guide to the services and resources of NSCAD's Visual Resources Collection.

Try Some Smart History!


Smarthistory is a free, online "textbook" that uses multimedia formats to present a survey of the history of art. 

Try These First!

A quick list of resources to get you started:


Art Research (General):

Getty Research Institute

Oxford Art Online  (available on campus & off, via log-in)

Wilson Art Full Text  (available on campus & off, via log-in)


Contemporary Art


Artforum Index

Contemporary Canadian Art Database

Franklin Furnace Database



Canadian Design Resource

Design Council Archives (UK)

Design Exchange (Canada)

Design History Society



Art Images For College Teaching

ARTstor  (requires log-in, available to NSCAD community)

FADIS     (requires registration. Contact VRC staff for help)

Flickr Commons 

VADS (Visual Arts Data Service)

Wilson Art Museum Image Gallery  (Available on campus & off, via log-in)

World Images

Wisconsin Decorative Arts Database


Digital / New Media:

ARS Electronica

Database of Virtual Art


Subject Guide

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Rebecca Young
NSCAD Library
5163 Duke Street
Halifax NS
B3J 3J6
Subjects: Copyright, Craft, Film, Library

Getting Started

Using the Internet for Art and Design Research

This free tutorial from the Virtual Training Suite is designed to help university students develop their Internet research skills. 

It will teach you how to make discerning use of the Internet to find information for your coursework and assignments.

It's a great place to start!

New Media


"Founded in 1971, Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI) is a nonprofit arts organization that is a leading international resource for video and media art. 


Humanities, Arts, Science & Technology Advanced Collaboratory


Independent Media Arts Preservation

MAP: Media Art Platform

"The Media Art Platform (MAP) is a social networking website for media art professionals and enthusiasts: for artists, developers, technicians, curators, researchers, lecturers, students and for anyone who is generally interested in media art." 



An organization dedicated to new media art research. Includes the Rhizome ArtBase, an online archive of new media-based artwork.


Fashion Librarian Resources

List of fashion resources maintained by members of the Art Libraries Society of North America's Fashion, Textile & Costume Special Interest Group

Up to the minute fashion show photo and video documentation