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The Penn Libraries catalog grows by 50% this week, with new records for digitized books from the HathiTrust Digital Library. The University of Pennsylvania Libraries became an institutional partner of HathiTrust in 2010, two years after the partnership’s creation. Since joining HathiTrust, Penn readers have been able to search, read, and download public-domain e-books directly … Continue reading
The Grove Encyclopedia of Medieval Art and Architecture offers unparalleled coverage of all aspects of art and architecture from Medieval Western Europe, from the 6th century to the early 16th century. – from resource introduction Continue reading
On July 1, the Kislak Center, the Fisher Fine Arts Library, and the Library at the Katz Center launched a new Special Collections Research Account service. Continue reading →By creating a Research Account, patrons will have the opportunity to: make requests for special collections materials directly from catalog records and from finding aids, for use … Continue reading
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The Fisher Fine Arts Library supports study, teaching and research in contemporary and historical aspects of art, architecture, city and regional planning, historic preservation, landscape architecture, studio art, and urban design. Text and image collections, in analog and digital form, have a global reach and concentrate on the arts of the western experience, Islam, South Asia and East Asia, from prehistory to the present. Our digital and print resources are designed to meet the needs of students and faculty of the departments, schools and programs of the University of Pennsylvania.  Learn more...
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Material ConneXion: Material ConneXion maintains the worlds largest subscription-based materials library, with more than 7,500 innovative materials and processes across all disciplines of design. Materials are selected through a strict review process  40+ new materials are independently juried into the library every month. This database serves as a remote entry point for users and features high quality images, product and manufacturing information. description, and applications.
Fine Arts Library Image Collection catalog: Database of 250,000+ digital images representing drawing, painting, sculpture, prints, photography, architecture, landscape architecture, city and regional planning, historic preservation, contemporary art and more. Complemented by ARTstor.
VCat: Videos available in the Penn Libraries.
AATA Online: Abstracts of International Conservation Literature: Abstracts of literature related to the preservation and conservation of material cultural heritage.
ARTbibliographies Modern: Abstracts of journal articles, books, essays, exhibition catalogs, dissertations, and exhibition reviews.
Art and Architecture Complete: Indexes articles from art-related periodicals published throughout the world.
ARTstor: Large database of images of works of art, architecture and archaeology along with the necessary software to view the images, create personal groups of images and create presentations.
Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals: Indexes architecture, architectural design, archeology, furniture and decoration, historic preservation, the history of architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, urban planning.
Bibliography of the History of Art: Indexes and abstracts books, periodicals, conference proceedings, dissertations, exhibition and dealers' catalogs in painting, sculpture, drawings, prints, decorative and applied arts, architecture and industrial design, and popular and folk art. Provides current research, thinking, and writing via Environmental Building News, the GreenSpec directory of green products, and the BuildingGreen Suite of online tools.
Digital Dissertations: Doctoral level dissertations completed at North American universities.
Digital Sanborn Maps 1867-1970: Rendition of microfilmed fire insurance maps for Pennsylvania.
EBSCO MegaFILE: General, multidisciplinary fulltext periodical database.
Index to Current Urban Documents: Full text of U.S. and Canadian city and county publications, covering social, political, economic, planning, and public administration affairs and policy, as well as health, education, and social work issues.
ISI Web of Knowledge: Indexes periodicals in the arts and humanities, sciences, social sciences.
JSTOR: Full text of articles in humanities and social sciences periodicals.
LexisNexis: Full text national and international newspapers, including the New York Times, magazines, broadcast transcripts, and wire services.
Oxford Art Online: Scholarly art encyclopedia covering all aspects of Western and non-Western visual art. Includes full text of the Dictionary of Art.
Philadelphia Architects & Buildings: Authoritative information on three centuries of Philadelphia buildings and designers.
Philadelphia Neighborhoods: Histories, Plans, and Futures: Searchable database of neighborhood-based reports issued by the Philadelphia City Planning Commission between 1946 and 1990.
Philadelphia NeighborhoodBase: Web-based, geographic data application developed by the University of Pennsylvania's Cartographic Modeling Lab.
Places in Time: Images, documents, tools, and links for pursuing historical information about place in the five-county Philadelphia area: Bucks, Chester, Delaware. Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties.