A-Z Databases

Find the best library databases for your research.


Your major's Department Research Guide is a great place to start. Each guide has a selection of books and e-books by topic, as well as the databases that support work in your major. See the list below for all of the guides (for another view, click here).  


Keep in mind: Our collections are curated towards art and design topics. To look for credible information beyond these topics, you may want to consult your local public library’s collections and online resources. For example, students living in the Bay Area in California can access the San Francisco Public Library’s resources. You would also need to sign up for a free library card to access these resources. Ask a librarian if you have any questions.

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The EBSCO databases are a great place to start. They are linked on our Online Resources page.

You can also get to this page from the Online Articles and Databases link under “Getting Started” on the library homepage.

JSTOR and Avery Index are also great databases, depending on your research questions (relating to Art History, Architecture, and more).

Keep in mind: The search box at the top of the page searches in the library catalog only, not in any of our online resources. You need to access the database from the AAU Library website to ensure that you are accessing it for free as a current AAU student.

If you are having trouble accessing these resources off-campus, please see the Library Login Issues FAQ.

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Ask a Librarian form

Do you have a reference question, but can't make it to the library to talk to a librarian? Submit your question using the Ask a Librarian form linked above and one of our librarians will get back to you during business hours, Monday through Friday.

You can also give us a call at 415-618-3842.

If you would like individual research help, you can use this form  to schedule an appointment with a librarian for a research consultation over Zoom or over the phone. 

(In-person appointments will be available when the library reopens after the resumption of in-person instruction and operations.)

This service is available to currently enrolled Academy of Art University students and faculty only.