Developer: Oxford University Press
Reading Level/Interest Age: 15 and up
Plot: Oxford Art Online is a database that provides reliable art resources from Grove Art Online, the Benezit Dictionary of Artists, the Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, The Oxford Companion to Western Art, and The Concise Oxford Diction of Art Terms. Each entry is equipped with bibliographies of articles that can help the researcher with finding information on the particular subject.
Critical Evaluation: When searching the famous artist, Michelangelo, I was able to find a short biography about him and then there are a few lists of sources that are written about him. To the left of the web page, there is an outline of the entire biographical article about the artist. The outline shows “General bibliography,” “Life and work,” “Working methods and technique,” “Character and personality,” and “Critical reception and reputation.” Each of these sections is very extensive and also provides an immense amount of information about the artist.
Reader’s Annotation: Find the most reliable resources about art through this online database.
Developer: Retrieved from Oxford University Press’ website –
We have an incredibly diverse publishing programme, which often surprises people who are expecting a traditional university press offering.
We publish in many countries, in more than 40 languages, and in a variety of formats–print and digital.
Our products cover an extremely broad academic and educational spectrum, and we aim to make our content available to our users in whichever format suits them best.
We publish for all audiences–from pre-school to secondary level schoolchildren; students to academics; general readers to researchers; individuals to institutions.
As a department of the University of Oxford our worldwide publishing furthers the University’s objectives of excellence in scholarship, research, and education. Our main criteria when evaluating a new title for publication are its quality and whether it supports those aims of furthering education and disseminating knowledge.
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Why This Database? After recently visiting art museums in Europe, I have been able to reform my love for art. Although I cannot go to distant countries to see famous artworks and learn about the famous artists, this database does the trick.