Useful fields for searching H.W. Wilson’s
Art Full Text, Art Abstracts, Art Index, and Art Index Retrospective
Searching WilsonWeb Art Databases, September 2005, page 1
Choose the search field from this list. Among the most useful fields are:
All-Smart Search: The easiest way to search! Just type in any word or
phrase and the results will be returned, ranking the most important at the
top. Records are ranked by the importance of the field the word is found in,
with the Subject field (meaning an indexer has said the article is about this
topic) getting the highest ranking.
Artist: Use this to search for articles that include a work of art. You can find
the name of the artist and often title of the work in this field.
Materials and technique: Use this to find Art Reproductions of works creat-
ed using any specific materials or techniques
Title: This field will retrieve any records that contain your words in either the
Title of the article; or in the title of an illustration as listed in the Artist field.
You can also limit your search to full-text articles, peer-reviewed articles,
or records featuring PDF page images.
There is a pick list for various types of documents included in the database.
Of particular use for the Art Databases are:
Art Reproduction: to find records that contain a reproduction of a work of art.
Exhibit: to find reviews of exhibitions.
Film review: to limit your search to film reviews.
Book review: to find reviews of art-related books.
Samples of Advanced Searches in Art Index Retrospective and Art Full Text
Looking for articles containing an image of Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh? Type: van
gogh starry night and choose the Artist field from the drop-down list. This would retrieve
records that include an image of Vincent Van Gogh's painting Starry Night (if you used All-
Smart Search instead, you would have gotten records about the painting, but not neces-
sarily containing an image of the painting).
Want to find reproductions with George Washin