Resource of the Month
August 2007

Each month WSU Libraries' Department of Collection Development features a "Resource of the Month" designed to highlight some of the library's new, interesting, under-used, large, unique, or otherwise noteworthy collections and resources.  You can learn more about the "Resource of the Month" on this website, from the display in the reference area, by attending a workshop (if available), or by contacting the Reference Desk at 978-3584.

If you are interested in learning more about a previous "Resource of the Month," check the archive.

Grove Art Online provides web access to the entire text of the 34-volume Grove Dictionary of Art and The Oxford Companion to Western Art.  Articles are continually updated and added, art images and line drawings are displayed in the text of articles, there are extensive image links, and sophisticated search and navigation tools are provided.

Upcoming Workshops

Grove Art Online
Workshops in room 217
August 9 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Thursday
August 21 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Tuesday
August 22 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Wednesday

The workshops are free and although registration is not necessary to attend, it helps assure there are enough handouts.  For more information or to register, contact Rachel Crane, Music and Fine Arts Librarian at or 978-5078. 

How Do I Access Grove Art Online?

There is a link on the WSU Libraries' website under Electronic Resources / Electronic Databases.  You have the option of looking for it under the subject links or the alphabetic links (  If you are accessing Grove Art Online from off-campus you will be prompted to enter your myWSU ID number and password for authentication purposes.

Why Should I Use Grove Art Online?

Grove Art Online is a comprehensive and authoritative online resource for all research in the history of the visual arts. It includes over 21,000 biographies of artists, architects, patrons, collectors, dealers, theorists, writers, and scholars which can be searched by birth/death dates, places, nationality, name, and occupation.

Editorial and functional enhancements are guided by esteemed scholars, experts, and art librarians.  In addition, it collaborates with nearly 1,000 international art historians and experts with specialized knowledge in various areas of the visual arts.  Articles are written by over 6,800 contributors from 120 countries.

Grove Art Online uses a sophisticated keyword search that can find articles in seconds.  Access cross-references in the text with a click of the mouse.  Updates, new articles and new image links are added as an on-going feature of this dynamic product.  Citation information is available for all articles and images.  Entries can be printed and emailed to colleagues and friends. 

Features of Grove Art Online

  • Over 3,000 thumbnail art images and line drawings
  • Links to searchable image databases
  • Over 45,000 signed articles
  • Links to over 40,000 art images on museum and gallery web sites around the world

Related Websites

For assistance with Grove Art Online, contact Wichita State University Libraries' Research Services Desk at 978-3584.

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