Print Periodicals:

The library subscribes to over 200 print periodicals (available for in-library use only). Print periodicals offer some unique benefits to you as an artist and researcher, including the ability to view every article, review, and reproduction in a given issue. In print format you can also see articles in context, browse related articles in thematic issues, and make your own connections/observations about a given point in time.

A list of all of the journals, magazines, newsletters, and newspapers that the library subscribes to in print form is available in the library. You can also search for print periodicals in our catalog, where they are indicated by a newspaper icon next to the title and the word “PERIODICAL” in place of a call number.

Art Full Text:

An online index of over 500 art-related publications. In some cases, articles in their entirety are available directly from Art Full Text. In others, only a citation is provided. To find out if our library subscribes to a journal cited in Art Full Text, search for the name of the journal in the library’s catalog using a title search.

NOTE: To access Art Full Text you will need a login and password available in the library.

Download an information sheet about Art Full Text here. Please do not hesitate to ask a library staff member for a full orientation to Art Full Text features.


The library subscribes to JSTOR’s Arts & Sciences III collection, which includes journals related to the history and study of art and architecture, as well as languages and literature, music, film studies, folklore, performing arts, and religion. All articles are available in their entirety in PDF form.

NOTE: To access JSTOR you will need a login and password available in the library.

Keep in mind that while the library only subscribes to Arts and Sciences III, the rest of JSTOR is available for free from the San Francisco Public Library for anyone with a SFPL library card.

Download an information sheet about JSTOR here.

Other Online Resources for Scholarly Articles:

San Francisco Public Library:

The San Francisco Public Library has a large collection of online databases covering a wide range of subjects, accessible to anyone with an SFPL library card (free for California residents and inexpensive for non-residents).

The University of California, Berkeley:

UC Berkeley subscribes to an extensive collection of online databases, accessible to non-UC students from the Berkeley campus. To use the library as a non-UC student, you will need a day pass or a library card.

Google Scholar:

Search for books, theses, abstracts, and articles on the web.

Film Literature Index:

A database of citations to film, television, and video articles, as well as art and book reviews.