Arts eresources

Check out the fine arts, music, film and performing arts databases you can access from home.

To access eresources from home, you need to be a Victorian resident with a current State Library card. To obtain a card, join the Library.


Berg Fashion Library
This resource is a portal to content on world dress and fashion throughout history and provides access to the Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion, as well as eBooks, articles and images.

JSTOR: The Scholarly Journal Archive
Full-text digitised back issues of important journals covering all subjects from the first issue (some as early as 1700). Currency of the articles varies, with most within 1 to 5 years of the current issue.

Vogue Archive
Contains the entire run of Vogue magazine (US edition), from the first issue in 1892 to the current month, reproduced in high-resolution colour page images. Every page, advertisement, cover and fold-out has been included and indexed to help you find images by garment type, designer and brand names.

Fine arts

Australian Art Auction Records Online
This resource lists art auction sale results for Australian and New Zealand artists, from the early 1970s to the present time.

Carter's Price Guide to Antiques and Collectables
This resource contains detailed descriptions, price ranges, and photographs of thousands of items from all over Australia and New Zealand. The online database includes items added in the last five years, and is regularly updated.

Oxford Art Online
Includes full text drawn from Grove artOxford companion to western art, Encyclopedia of aesthetics and Concise Oxford dictionary of art terms. Covers western and non-western art, architecture, decorative arts and photography.

Oxford Reference Online Premium Art & Architecture
Dictionaries and encyclopedias of art, design, architecture & artists.

Australian visual artist information, including biographies, exhibitions, auction results and journal article abstracts.

Proquest Art and Architecture Archive
A full text archive of key research journals in the fields of art and architecture, dating from the late nineteenth century to 2005. Subjects covered include fine art, decorative arts, architecture, interior design, industrial design, and photography. The magazines are scanned and presented as full colour page images, and can be easily searched.

Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals 1934–
Indexes journal articles on interior design and decoration as well as the history and practice of architecture, landscape architecture, city planning, and historic preservation. Article dates range from 1934 to current, with selective coverage back to 1741. Compiled by the Getty Research Institute.

Wilson Art Abstracts 1984–
Information on arts, crafts, architecture, photography, fashion, textiles, film, television studies and more. Index coverage from 1984 and abstract coverage from January 1994.


Contemporary Musicians
Biographical information on important figures in today's musical arena, covering artists working in all genres of modern music.

Music Online
Cross-search all our Alexander Street Press databases to find audio recordings, or listen to recordings from the American Song collection featuring Americans of diverse origins and all walks of life, past and present.  This collection also covers African American music. You can also listen to recordings from the Contemporary World Music database of over 16,000 recordings containing the sounds of all regions from every continent, with a focus on contemporary genres.

Naxos Music Library
Listen online to recordings from over 50 classical, world and jazz labels including, ABC Classics, BIS, Chandos and Naxos.

Naxos Jazz Music Library
Listen online to a comprehensive collection of jazz audio files, including examples of all the great jazz musicians.

Naxos Video Music Library
Watch online recordings of classical music performances, opera, ballet, live concerts and documentaries.

Oxford Music Online
This music reference resource includes full text drawn from the Encyclopedia of popular music, Oxford dictionary of music, Grove music and Oxford companion to music. Covers a wide range of musical styles, composers, performers, terminology and works.

Film & performing arts

Contemporary Theatre, Film and Television
Biographical and career information on people working in the contemporary entertainment industry including performers, choreographers, directors, technicians, writers, composers, producers, executives, designers, critics and more.

Oxford Reference Online Premium: Performing Arts Resources
Encyclopaedias and dictionaries devoted to international theatre, dance, music and opera.

Victorian Popular Culture 1779–1930s
Four collections of full text sources comprising:

  • Moving Pictures, Optical Entertainments and the Advent of Cinema.
  • Music Hall, Theatre and Popular Entertainment.
  • Circuses, Sideshows and Freaks.
  • Spiritualism, Sensation and Magic.

More eresources

Some of the Library's journal article and ebooks databases, and all of the Library's CD-ROMs, are only available from computers within the Library building.You can explore the subject menu which lists these. Many useful free websites are also included. 

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