“Bibliography of the History of Art” soon to end access

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After March 31, 2010, ProQuest will no longer offer access to Bibliography of the History of Art (BHA). All access to the database including retrospective years and future updates via the Illumina platform will be terminated effective April 1, 2010. 

According to ProQuest, the Getty Research Institute, who has been sponsoring the site, is no longer able to support the database and has not yet been able to reach an agreement with a new publisher. They have elected to withdraw the database from distribution.

The Getty web site explains that in response to current economic conditions, the J. Paul Getty Trust is significantly reducing its 2010 fiscal year budget. This has had an impact on all of the Getty’s operations, including the Getty Research Institute (GRI). The GRI has been trying to manage the BHA database on its own since 2008, and will now discontinue its support due to budget constraints.  

The Bibliography of the History of Art (BHA) is the world’s most comprehensive bibliography of scholarly writing about the history of western art. The BHA was originally produced jointly by the Getty Research Institute and the Institut de l’Information Scientifique et Technique (INIST) in France.

For more information about this situation, please refer to the Getty website announcement.

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