Art Conservation

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Core Research Databases

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A comprehensive database of 100,000 abstracts of literature related to the preservation and conservation of material cultural heritage. (formerly Art and Archaeology Technical Abstracts).
Publication coverage: 1980 - present (updated weekly)
Covers over 100 international journals, equipment manufacturers' application notes, standards and books.
Publication coverage: 1850s-
Architectural information and citations to periodical articles and books about buildings in Toronto.
Publication coverage: 1984 - present
For 1907-1984 coverage see: Art Index Retrospective

Print holdings: Library also has older volumes in print: check QCAT for details.
Index to scholarly journal articles on art and related disciplines (anthropology, architecture, design, video art, etc.). Emphasis is on Western art.
Publication coverage: 1929 - 1984
Access restricted to the Queen's community (1 user limit)
Index to scholarly art journals and other materials published prior to 1985.
Publication coverage: 1974 - present
Indexes writing and research on all forms of modern and contemporary art.
Publication coverage: 1934-present (plus selective coverage back to 1741) - updated weekly
Comprehensive index to articles on architecture and design published in scholarly and popular-press American and international journals.
Nearly 200,000 citations to technical reports, conference proceedings, journal articles, books and audiovisual and unpublished materials. The database also includes previously unavailable material from private sources, as well as new information gathered by a worldwide network of contributors.
Comprehensive index to European and American art from late antiquity to the present. Abstracts books, articles, conference proceedings, essays, dissertations, exhibition and dealers’ catalogues. Covers painting, sculpture, drawing, prints, architecture, crafts, decorative, applied, graphic, folk and popular arts.
Publication coverage: 1954 - present
Access restricted to the Queen's community (6 user limit)
Comprehensive index for historical studies worldwide EXCLUDING the United States and Canada.
IBA is the successor to the Bibliography of the History of Art (BHA). Includes records created by the Getty Research Institute in 2008-09, with new records created by ProQuest using the same thesaurus and authority files. Abstracts 500+ core journals, monographs, essay collections, conference proceedings and exhibition catalogues. Covers European art since late antiquity; American art since the colonial period; global art since 1945; fine art in all media; decorative arts and antiques; museum studies and conservation; archaeology and material culture; folk art; architectural history.
Publication coverage: 1843 - present
Iter was created for the advancement of learning in the study and teaching of the Middle Ages and Renaissance (400-1700) through the development of online resources.
Publication coverage: 1966 to present (updated monthly)
Print holdings: Metals Abstracts: Vol. 1 (1966) - Vol. 31 (1998) in the Engineering and Science Library; call number: TN1 .M473.
Materials science including metals, polymers, ceramics, plastics and composite materials, practices of materials science and engineering as they relate to these substances and technical and commercial development in material science.
Publication coverage: 1907 - present.
Print holdings: 1907 - 1999 (v. 1 - v. 131) in Stauffer Library storage.
Search Chemical Abstracts, Medline, the Registry File, and CAS React.

Article Indexes & Databases

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A comprehensive database of 100,000 abstracts of literature related to the preservation and conservation of material cultural heritage. (formerly Art and Archaeology Technical Abstracts).
Publication coverage: 1980 - present (updated weekly)
Covers over 100 international journals, equipment manufacturers' application notes, standards and books.
Publication coverage: 1850s-
Architectural information and citations to periodical articles and books about buildings in Toronto.
Publication coverage: 1984 - present
For 1907-1984 coverage see: Art Index Retrospective

Print holdings: Library also has older volumes in print: check QCAT for details.
Index to scholarly journal articles on art and related disciplines (anthropology, architecture, design, video art, etc.). Emphasis is on Western art.
Publication coverage: 1929 - 1984
Access restricted to the Queen's community (1 user limit)
Index to scholarly art journals and other materials published prior to 1985.
Publication coverage: 1974 - present
Indexes writing and research on all forms of modern and contemporary art.
Publication coverage: 1934-present (plus selective coverage back to 1741) - updated weekly
Comprehensive index to articles on architecture and design published in scholarly and popular-press American and international journals.
Nearly 200,000 citations to technical reports, conference proceedings, journal articles, books and audiovisual and unpublished materials. The database also includes previously unavailable material from private sources, as well as new information gathered by a worldwide network of contributors.
Comprehensive index to European and American art from late antiquity to the present. Abstracts books, articles, conference proceedings, essays, dissertations, exhibition and dealers’ catalogues. Covers painting, sculpture, drawing, prints, architecture, crafts, decorative, applied, graphic, folk and popular arts.
Publication coverage: 1954 - present
Access restricted to the Queen's community (6 user limit)
Comprehensive index for historical studies worldwide EXCLUDING the United States and Canada.
IBA is the successor to the Bibliography of the History of Art (BHA). Includes records created by the Getty Research Institute in 2008-09, with new records created by ProQuest using the same thesaurus and authority files. Abstracts 500+ core journals, monographs, essay collections, conference proceedings and exhibition catalogues. Covers European art since late antiquity; American art since the colonial period; global art since 1945; fine art in all media; decorative arts and antiques; museum studies and conservation; archaeology and material culture; folk art; architectural history.
Publication coverage: 1843 - present
Iter was created for the advancement of learning in the study and teaching of the Middle Ages and Renaissance (400-1700) through the development of online resources.
Publication coverage: 1966 to present (updated monthly)
Print holdings: Metals Abstracts: Vol. 1 (1966) - Vol. 31 (1998) in the Engineering and Science Library; call number: TN1 .M473.
Materials science including metals, polymers, ceramics, plastics and composite materials, practices of materials science and engineering as they relate to these substances and technical and commercial development in material science.
Publication coverage: 1907 - present.
Print holdings: 1907 - 1999 (v. 1 - v. 131) in Stauffer Library storage.
Search Chemical Abstracts, Medline, the Registry File, and CAS React.

Encyclopedias & Dictionaries

Resources in Stauffer Library

Art - Encyclopedias

Resources in the Engineering & Science Library

All books are located on the first floor of the Engineering and Science Library unless otherwise indicated.

Cameo : Conservation and art material encyclopedia
Online

CRC Handbook of chemistry and physics : a ready-reference book of chemical and physical data. Cleveland : Chemical Rubber Pub. Co.
Ref QD65 .C5

Dictionary of organic compounds. 6th ed. 1996
(London ; New York : Chapman & Hall) 11 volumes.
Ref QD246 .D5 1996t

Grove dictionary of art
Online

Hazardous chemicals desk reference. 4th Ed. 1997
Richard J. Lewis, Sr. (New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold).
Ref T55 .3 .H3 L49 1997

Hazards in the chemical laboratory. 5th Ed. 1992
S. G. Luxon, editor (Cambridge: Royal Society of Chemistry)
QD51 .H35 1992t

Merck index : an encyclopedia of chemicals, drugs, and biologicals 12th ed.
RS51 .M4 1996

Sax's dangerous properties of industrial materials. 9th ed. 1996. Lewis, Richard J., Sr. (New York : Van Nostrand Reinhold)
T55 .3 .H3 S3 1996

Selected Journals

Color Research and Application
Online: 1997-
Print: Stauffer Library (Bound Journals)- QC494 .C63 v.1, 1976 - v. 24,1999

Dyes and pigments
Online

International Biodeterioration and Biodegradation
Online

Journal of the American Institute for Conservation.
Online

Radiocarbon
Online

Chemical and Engineering News

Reviews in conservation - Stauffer Library, Art Collection
N1 .R4974, no.1 2000 -

Technology & conservation - Stauffer Library (Bound Journals)
N8554 .T4, 1976-1994

All Queen's Journals
Online

Selected Websites

American Institute for Conservation of Historic & Artistic Works

CAMEO: Conservation and Art Material Encyclopedia Online

Canadian Association for Conservation

Canadian Conservation Institute

Canadian Heritage Information Network

Includes the Canadian Conservation Institute and the Conservation Information Network's bibliographic database BCIN

Conservation Information Network

BCIN is the Bibliographic Database of the Conservation Information Network and is hosted by the Canadian Heritage Information Network (CHIN)

Conservation: The Getty Conservation Institute Newsletter

CoOL - Conservation OnLine (Stanford)

Ethical Issues in Conservation

Getty Conservation Institute

Includes the bibliographic database AATA Online

ICCROM

International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property

ICOM

International Council of Museums

ICOMOS

International Council on Monuments and Sites

ICON

Institute of Conservation. Created in 2005 by convergence of the following: the Care of Collections Forum, the Institute of Paper Conservation (IPC), the Photographic Materials Conservation Group, the Scottish Society for Conservation and Restoration (SSCR) and the United Kingdom Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (UKIC).

Institute of Archaeology (University College, London)

International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (London)

Robert C. Williams American Museum of Papermaking

University of Delaware Library

Includes Research Guide for Arts & Art History, which links to relevant websites under guides for Art Conservation, Fashion & Apparel Studies, Material Culture and Museum Studies.

Virtual Museum of Canada

Includes the Image Gallery

WAAC

Western Association for Art Conservation

Educational Sites for Art Conservation

Art Conservation Department at Buffalo State

Art Conservation at the University of Delaware

See also University of Delaware Library Research Guide for Art Conservation

Conservation Center, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University

Conservation DistList Archives

An interdisciplinary forum for conservation scientists, curators, librarians, archivists, administrators and others involved with the preservation of cultural property

Educational opportunities in museum, library, and archives conservation/preservation (CoOL - Conservation Online at Stanford)

Kilgarlin Center for Preservation of the Cultural Record (University of Texas School of Information)

Queen's University Engineering/Science Library Art Conservation Research Guide

See also Chemistry Guide

Sir Sandford Fleming College Programs in Arts and Heritage

Includes Collections Conservation and Management, and Museum Management and Curatorship

Smithsonian Museum Conservation Institute

Smithsonian Office of Research Training and Services