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Online resource: Free art books online from the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Guggenheim!

January 14th, 2014 · No Comments · General Posts

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is offering full-text (and artwork!) art books, exhibition catalogues, educator publications, online publications, the Metropolitan Museum Journal, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin via their MetPublications website. Most of the aforementioned publications are available for online reading and downloadable as PDFs!!! The recently published titles have online previews (though not full-text). Find information related to the art history subject area of the publication by following the “additional resources” links to MET exhibits and digital images of artworks and objects in their collections.

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 The Guggenheim has released their out-of-print titles online with full-text and artworks. The key art book titles published by the Guggenheim are now available for online reading via the Guggenheim Publication’s “From the Archives” website.

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Don’t forget that OCAD University Library subscribes to many e-books via eBrary and Scholar’s Portal. Click on the e-book links from the Library homepage to search the online collections! Read a short primer on searching using eBrary from the “How Do I Find Books” section of the Library website. OCAD U Library also subscribes to many useful encyclopedias, such as Oxford Art Online, Credo Reference, and the Gale Virtual Reference Library.

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UC Press E-Books Collection has made 700 books from academic presses available full-text to the public on a range of topics, including art, science, history, music, religion, and fiction. Browse by subject function is available. E-Books are not available for download to a tablet or e-reader, but you can store them in your “book bag” for easy future access.

Open Culture offers 500 e-books freely available for download to tablets and e-readers. Texts include Walter Benjamin’s “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction,” classic works by Austen, Baudelaire, Bronte, Dickens, Dostoevsky, Heidegger, Hemingway, Kafka, Nietzsche, Bertrand Russell and authors such as Philip K. Dick, Neil Gaiman, H.P. Lovecraft, Orwell, Kurt Vonnegut, David Foster Wallace and more.

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