START with these databases:
• Grove Dictionary of Art Online
Premier art encyclopedia on the Internet covering all aspect of visual arts from prehistory to the present day. Includes biographies of artists and select images of art.
Catalog of Art Museum Images Online - High-quality art images of paintings, photos, prints, jewelry and more from leading museums, all rights-cleared for educational use.
• Gale Virtual Reference Library
Contains the full text of hundreds of reference books on a wide variety of subjects, including history, business, medicine, science and humanities. Includes tables of content, indexes and illustrations. (Guided Tour)
Hobbies & Crafts
Has patterns, articles, and information on everything from amateur radio to knitting to woodworking.
• Oxford Reference Online
Search Oxford's award winning encyclopedias and scholarly reference titles on an easy-to-use site.
Additional databases to search:
• American National Biography Online
Info on over 17,000 American men and women--from all eras and walks of life--whose lives have shaped the nation. Only deceased persons are profiled.
• Biography in Context
More than 300,000 biographies from respected sources, for individuals from around the world, throughout history to the present. (Guided Tour)
• Encyclopaedia Britannica Online
Complete encyclopedia with related Internet links, best websites rated by EB editors, Britannica's Lives and the Merriam Webster Collegiate Dictionary.
• Price It! Antiques & Collectibles
A valuable research and pricing tool with more than 20 million realized prices, more than 10 million images, and 125 searchable categories.