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This guide provides an introduction to resources that support research in visual arts. It includes helpful pages and links to connect with contemporary art journals, art databases, exhibition reviews, images, and more!

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Primary Source Databases

While UCI Libraries has an incredible Special Collections & Archives department full of primary sources that intersect with the visual arts and humanities (book arts, political literature, gender studies, critical theory, performing arts, OC history, Southeast Asian diasporic materials), UCI Libraries also purchases many different primary source databases. These provide online access to digitized materials that span centuries, topics, and material type, and allow you to conduct primary source research from the comfort of your laptop! There are also many freely available digitized primary source collections often because of grants and funding that libraries, archives, and museums receive to make those sources available. This page lists a few of the primary source databases that might be of interest. Freely available sources are indicated by an unlocked icon, but as a UCI affiliate, you should be able to consult and access any of these collections. If you are interested in conducting archival research, the archives page will be a helpful starting point.

Primary Sources in the Visual Arts

Primary Sources in the Humanities

You can also explore more primary source databases on the A-Z Database Page, which lists all databases that UCI owns, subscribes to, or that are Open Access (OA) / freely available on the web. Under "Database Type" select the option for "Primary Sources".