Bibliography of the History of Art released as a free web site

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 A previous blog post  announced that after March 31, 2010, ProQuest would no longer offer access to the Bibliography of the History of Art (BHA). The Getty Research Institute, who  sponsored the site, was withdrawing the database from distribution due to significant budget constraints. However, instead of terminating access, the Getty turned around and made the BHA accessible for free and open access.

The data available on the Getty Web site comprises two databases: BHA and IBA. BHA (Bibliography of the History of Art/Bibliographie d’histoire de l’art) covers the years 1990-2007. The BHA, with articles from over 1,200 journals, is considered to be the world’s most comprehensive bibliography of scholarly writing about the history of western art. The Getty Web version includes all records with abstracts in French or English and all subject terms in French and English. IBA (International Bibliography of the History of Art) covers 2008 and part of 2009; the Getty Web version includes all records with abstracts in English and all subject terms in French and English. A third database will be added to the Getty Web site during the coming months: RILA (Répertoire de la litterature de l’art), which covers 1975–1989. At present, the Getty has no plans to add RAA (Répertoire d’art et d’archéologie), which covers 1973–1989.

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