Databases: By Subject: Arts



Explora - Designed with public library patrons in mind, Explora provides easy-to-use features and reliable content from the world’s leading magazines and reference books.

Explora for Kids

Explora for Kids is a research database designed with students and educators in mind. Elementary school students can learn about their favorite subject. Look up words. Read magazines, newspapers, biographies, primary sources, country information. Find pictures. Translate articles into more than 30 languages. 

Explora for Teens

Explora for Teens is a research database designed for middle and high school students and educators. Learn more about your favorite subject. Read magazines, newspapers, biographies, primary sources, country information. Find images for class projects and learn vocabulary.  Translate articles  into more than 30 languages.

Granger's World of Poetry

The Columbia Granger’s World of Poetry Online, updated weekly with new full-text poems, biographies, and commentaries, offers users access to 250,000 poems in full text with 450,000 poem citations. Granger’s also includes a wide range of critical and historical tools and features to enhance understanding and enjoyment of poetry.

Virtual Reference Library

A “world leader in e-research and educational publishing for libraries, schools and businesses,” the Virtual Reference Library features over one million articles about a wide array of subjects.


Art History Resources on the Web

Created and maintained by Professor Christopher L.C.E. Whitcombe of Sweet Briar University, this site features examples of art throughout civilized history.


Known as “the great guide to art on the internet,” this site contains information on famous artists, art movements, and the latest news in the art world.


This site, known as the “artists bluebook,” features information about American and International Artists.

Picturing America

Brought to you by The National Endowment for the Humanities, Picturing America brings masterpieces of American art into classrooms and libraries nationwide.”  Contact any M/RCPL location for more information regarding posters and teaching materials available for checkout.

Picturing America on Screen

A collection of 25 films which presents a sampling of American art. The artwork is included in the Picturing America project of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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