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AHIS 3959: Art History Senior Research Seminar

This guide supports the thesis course for art history

Database Searching

CLIO Database Searching

You can browse Columbia's database by discipline or resource type

  • Click on the CLIO logo with an empty search box
  • Select "Databases" from the left navigation
  • You should see the window below
  • Use the "All Disciplines" drop-down menu to search for a particular subject area (example: arts, architecture and applied arts.)
  • Use the "All Resource Types" menu to search for databases by type (such as encyclopedias, maps, newspapers, sound recordings, etc.).

Screenshot of CLIO Database Search

Finding Journal Articles in Art History

Databases in CLIO

There are over 90 databases covering art, architecture and the applied arts in the Columbia Library system. May of these are specialty databases covering the creative output of a particular culture, period or discipline. Below you will find some of the most commonly used databases in art history. You can find a complete list in CLIO. The two most comprehensive journal databases for western art history are:

Other commonly used databases

Connecting Google Scholar to Columbia's Databases

Steps to connect Google Scholar with Columbia's Databases


  • Go to scholar.google.com 
  • Click on the 3 horizontal bars in the upper left-hand corner
  • Click on "Settings" 
  • Click on "Library Links" in the left-hand menu
  • Search for Columbia University and select "Columbia University in the City of New York - Columbia e-link >>"
  • Hit Save
  • Click the "Columbia e-link >>" to access full-text links to Columbia University Libraries' journal subscriptions.  

Google Scholar mainpage

Menu with settings

Library Links selection

Menu showing Columbia University e-link selection