The Academy library is a member of both OCLC and MeLCat and will accept interlibrary loan requests from other participating libraries. Ask any library staff member for usernames and passwords.

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Academic OneFile

Academic OneFile is the premier source for peer-reviewed, full-text articles from the world’s leading journals and reference sources. With extensive coverage of the physical sciences, technology, medicine, social sciences, the arts, theology, literature and other subjects, Academic OneFile is both authoritative and comprehensive. Millions of articles are available in both PDF and HTML full-text with no restrictions. Includes full-text coverage of the New York Times back to 1995. Available through Michigan Electronic Library.

AP Images

Produced by Associated Press, AP Images is a research database that provides over 5.1 million photographs dating back to 1825 and up to the present; over 100,000 graphics including maps, timelines, logos, and graphs; audio files dating from the 1920s up to the latest hourly newscasts; and full-text news stories dating from 1997.


ArchiveGrid is a database containing 1.7 million descriptions of archival collections internationally. Included are historical documents, personal paers, manuscripts, family histories, and more. collections are described and cataloged, and contact information for the libraries, museums, and archives holding the collections is provided.


Art Source covers a broad range of art-related subjects, from fine, decorative and commercial art, to various areas of architecture and architectural design. Providing over 600 full-text journals, more than 220 full-text books, and a collection of over 63,0000 images, this database offers detailed indexing and abstracts for an international array of journals, books, podcasts and more.  Coverage is from 1929 to the present. (Available through EBSCOhost)

Arts: Search

Formerly called designinform, Arts: Search  focuses on the history of modern design and applied arts.
Design Abstracts Retrospective (DAR) – An ongoing abstracting and indexing service that covers many of the most important design and applied arts journals and annuals published during the twentieth century.  Titles in the initial releases have been selected because of their outstanding international coverage and breadth of scope. DAR covers articles on all forms of design, from architecture to embroidery.
Arts + Architecture  ProFILES (AAP) – A biographical dictionary of modern designers, craftspeople, artists and architects, covering the same subject fields as DAR. It includes profiles of every single designer, architect, craftsperson, studio, workshop, etc. whose work is discussed or illustrated in the journals and yearbooks covered by DAR.
reVIEW (Full Text) – Digitized, searchable versions of nineteenth and early twentieth century art journals.  Titles currently available include Art et DécorationThe CraftsmanL’imageKunst und HandwerkThe Poster/The Poster and Art CollectorThe StudioThe Studio Yearbook of Decorative Art, and many more.  Additional titles are added on an ongoing basis.


ARTstor is a Web-based collection of over 550,000 digital images in the fields of art, architecture, and design. The images may be downloaded and used for any educational/non-commercial purposes: presentations, seminars, theses, research, etc.

Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals

The Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals database offers a comprehensive listing of journal articles on architecture and design, including bibliographic descriptions. It contains over 600,000 entries surveying over 2,500 American and international journals in the fields of archaeology, architecture, architectural design, city planning, furniture and decoration, historic preservation, history of architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, and urban planning. Publications from professional associations and regional periodicals are also included. Coverage dates back to 1934.

CAMIO: Catalog of Art Museum Images Online

Offers about 95,000 art images from 25 prominent museums that are rights-cleared for educational use—photographs, paintings, sculpture, decorative and utilitarian objects, prints, drawings and watercolors, jewelry and costumes, textiles and architecture—plus audio, video and mixed media.


A collection of databases in many disciplines, including: Art Abstracts; Art Full Text; Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals; Business Abstracts; Education Abstracts; Essay and General Literature Index; Humanities Abstracts; Social Sciences Abstracts; and many more.

Foundation Grants to Individuals Online

Foundation Grants to Individuals Online is a database offered by the Foundation Center in New York that provides detailed descriptions of more than 8,300 foundation programs that fund students, artists, researchers, and other individual grantseekers.

Humanities Full Text 

Humanities Full Text includes many of the most important academic journals in the humanities with the full text of articles from over 300 periodicals dating back to 1995, and high-quality indexing for almost 700 journals—of which 470 are peer-reviewed—dating as far back as 1984. The database provides coverage of feature articles, interviews, bibliographies, obituaries, and original works of fiction, drama, poetry and book reviews, as well as reviews of ballets, dance programs, motion pictures, musicals, radio and television programs, plays, operas, and more.


JSTOR is a not-for-profit organization with a dual mission to create and maintain a trusted archive of important scholarly journals, and to provide access to these journals as widely as possible. JSTOR offers researchers the ability to retrieve high-resolution, scanned images of journal issues and pages as they were originally designed, printed, and illustrated. The journals archived in JSTOR span many disciplines. JSTOR is not a current issues database. Because of JSTOR’s archival mission, there is a gap, typically from 1 to 5 years, between the most recently published journal issue and the back issues available in JSTOR.

Material ConneXion Database

Available on campus ONLY (IP authentication)
Material ConneXion in New York provides Web access to their database of innovative materials, including polymers, glass, ceramics, carbon-based materials, cement-based materials, metals, natural materials, and natural material derivatives. Includes high-quality graphic representations, technical information, and manufacturer information. Search by keyword, product name, manufacturer’s name, or Material ConneXion index number.

Michigan Electronic Library (MeL)

MeL is a project of the Library of Michigan and includes magazine, newspaper, and journal articles, commercial databases purchased by the Library of Michigan, and MeL Internet, a portal to Websites (mostly pertaining to Michigan) chosen for their authority and quality. Access to all MeL resources is free for Michigan residents and students; some resources may require the entry of the Cranbrook library card barcode number.

Michigan Electronic Library Catalog (MeLCat)

MeLCat is a free statewide catalog, interlibrary loan and materials-delivery service. About 150 Michigan academic, public, school and special libraries currently participate. Search the catalog, find what you need, and make your request – materials will be delivered to the CAA Library via van service. You will be notified when your items are ready to be picked up.

OCLC FirstSearch

FirstSearch offers access to 15 databases in many disciplines, including art, humanities, literature, music, science, psychology, education, current events, technology, social sciences, and general reference. Includes, among many others: ArticleFirst; ECO (Electronic Collections Online); ERIC; GPO, Heritage of the Printed Book; History of Science, Technology, and Medicine; MEDLINE; SCIPIO; and WorldCat.

Oxford Art Online

Oxford Art Online provides Web access to the entire text of The Dictionary of Art, edited by Jane Turner (1996, 34 vols.), The Oxford Companion to Western Art, edited by Hugh Brigstocke (2001), The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms, and The Encyclopedia of Aesthetics. The service offers 23,000 subject entries, 21,000 biographies, 500,000 bibliographic citations, 40,000 image links, and 5,000 images.

Oxford English Dictionary (OED) Online

The Oxford English Dictionary is the accepted authority on the evolution of the English language over the last millennium. It is an unsurpassed guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of over half a million words, both present and past. It traces the usage of words through 2.5 million quotations from a wide range of international English language sources. It also offers the best in etymological analysis and in listing of variant spellings, and it shows pronunciation using the International Phonetic Alphabet. As the OED is a historical dictionary, its entry structure is very different from that of a dictionary of current English, in which only present-day senses are covered, and in which the most common meanings or senses are described first. For each word in the OED, the various groupings of senses are dealt with in chronological order according to the quotation evidence. In a complex entry with many strands, the development over time can be seen in a structure with several “branches.”

Oxford Music Online

Available on campus ONLY (IP recognition)
Oxford Music Online contains the entire text of The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, 2nd edition, edited by Stanley Sadie and John Tyrell (2001) with regular revisions and additions to the content. The service has also grown to include The New Grove Dictionary of Opera (1992), The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, 2nd edition (2001), The Oxford Companion to Music, and The Oxford Dictionary of Music.


Register with your e-mail address and student ID number or library card number, then create your own account to use on or off campus.
Pronunciator is the world’s largest language-learning service with 80 languages and 50 languages in which to learn them—for a total of 4,000 possible course combinations. The program teaches the full range of language skills—reading, writing, listening, and speaking—in a structured, building-block approach. Within each language, Pronunciator offers up to 10,000 phrases, 354 hours of audio lessons, 10 types of interactive drills; and 6 types of scored quizzes.

SCIPIO: Art and Rare Book Sales/Auction Catalogs

SCIPIO is a joint project of 25 different fine arts organizations, combining their art catalog collections. The database contains over 300,000 records covering from the late 16th century to the present.


WorldCat is the combined catalog of OCLC member libraries around the world. Over 179 million records of books, journals, videos and DVDs, sound recordings, musical scores, maps, manuscripts, and more are included; records represent materials in 400 languages. The Cranbrook Academy of Art Library participates in the OCLC interlibrary loan service; most of the materials listed in this database are available through interlibrary loan.