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Research tools

Materials in the NACT Collection

NACT Online Library Catalog (OPAC)
Search for materials in the NACT Collection
Art Library Consortium (ALC) Search
Search the libraries of 14 museums at once: The National Art Center, Tokyo; The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo; The National Museum of Western Art; National Crafts Museum; The National Museum of Art, Osaka; Tokyo National Museum; Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo; Tokyo Photographic Art Museum; Edo-Tokyo Museum; Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum; Yokohama Museum of Art; The Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura & Hayama; Yoshino Gypsum Art Foundation; Ishibashi Foundation, Artizon Museum

NACT Publications

List of NACT-held Exhibition Catalogs
A list of catalogs from the exhibitions held at NACT
*List from the search results of the NACT online library catalog (OPAC)
NACT website “Publications”
See a list of materials published by NACT (activity reports, bulletins, etc.)

NACT-Created Databases

Art Commons: Exhibition Information Search
A database offering information on exhibitions collected from information on art exhibitions held at over 1,000 art museums, galleries and art foundations across Japan.
“Records of Art Exhibitions in Japan 1945-2005”
Records of the exhibitions held in around 300 art museums in Japan from 1945 through 2005.

Research Tools that can be used at the Art Library

*Prior reservation is required to use databases marked with "reservations required."

Reference Books

Grove Art Online (Oxford Art Online)
Online version of the Grove Dictionary of Art. It contains approximately 45,000 entries.
Benezit Dictionary of Artists (Oxford Art Online)
Online version of the Benezit Dictionary of Artists. It contains approximately 190,000 entries.
Artists of the World
Online version of the Allgemeines Künstlerlexikon (AKL), an encyclopedia of artists. More than one million artists are included.

Full-text Databases

NDL Digital Collections <reservations required>
A service that allows users to access materials digitized by the National Diet Library that are difficult to obtain for reasons, such as being out of print, within public libraries and university libraries nationwide.
An online archive of back issues of academic journals launched in 1995 by a non-profit organization in the United States. Titles covered by JSTOR can be cross-searched by keyword.

Abstracts / Indexes Databases

Zassaku Plus <reservations required>
A database of article indexes containing information on articles in general magazines and regionally published magazines from the early Meiji period to the present.
*Quick Guide (in Japanese)
*Indexed Journals List (in Japanese)
Art, Design and Architecture Collection (ProQuest) <reservations required>
A bibliographic database in the field of fine arts. It integrates the following databases. Some records may include full-text information.
  • ARTbibliographies Modern (ABM)
  • Arts & Humanities Database‎
  • Design and Applied Arts Index (DAAI)
  • International Bibliography of Art (IBA)
  • Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals
  • Publicly Available Content Database
Art & Architecture Source (EBSCO) <reservations required>
A bibliographic database in the field of fine arts. It integrates the following databases: more than 600 periodicals and 220 books with full-text information.
  • Art Abstracts
  • Art and Architecture Complete
  • Art Full Text
  • Art Index (1984 onwards)

Image Databases

ARTSTOR <reservations required>
A database of 1.6 million images of art and architectural works. Downloaded images can be used only for educational and research purposes, such as university classes.