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International Bibliography of Art (IBA): Searchable Fields

A key resource for scholarly literature on western art


The International Bibliography of Arts Personal Names and the International Bibliography of Arts Subjects thesauri are used to index the International Bibliography of Art (IBA) database. Subject terms are found in the subject field and this field is part of the searchable fields table to the right. Subject terms are also commonly known as descriptors, controlled vocabulary, and sometimes classification terms.

The thesaurus allows you to find subject terms to narrow or broaden your search and is available from the Advanced and Command Line forms.  If you want to run a search on a subject, but you do not know what term to use, use the thesaurus to search the controlled vocabulary. A hierarchical display is available and will give suggestions on the appropriate subject terms to add to your search.

If the Explode feature is available, this will allow you to search for the sub-topics of your particular search term as well.  When there is an icon next to the search term, it indicates that there are sub-topics.  

Look Ups and Browsable Indexes

International Bibliography of Art (IBA) offers six Look ups or browseable indexes, so you can easily find spelling or format variations of, for example, an author's name or a exhibition--this is especially helpful since IBA has non-English content. Look ups are available for the following searchable fields: author, publication, subject, exhibition, IBA classification codes, and publisher location.  For a description of these fields, please see the searchable fields table to the right. 

Note: Look ups are also available from the Command Line search (through the Look up terms link).

Once you locate the index term that you would like to add to your search, mark the item, and then click the Add to search button. The index term will now appear in the advanced search form along with the appropriate pull-down menu selection.

Searchable Fields

Field Name


Search Examples & Explanation




This will reveal all results with Monet in the abstract.  




Enter keyword(s) without a field code label to search the entire record.




AU(maingon, claire)

Use to find documents written by a particular author. Try searching on both the full first name and initials in order to retrieve all publications by a specific author; Look up available.

Document Title



TI(claude monet)

Locates the occurrence of search words in the title of the article.



EX(Delacroix and the rise of modern art)

Reveals the exhibition information; Look up available.

Monograph Title



Results show titles of monographs including the search term; more restricted than simply Document Title

Publication Title




Use to search by a specific publication or publications; Look up available.



PB(trustees of the national galleries of scotland)

Provides results from publisher of a work.

Publisher Location



Look up available.

Series Title


SR(japanese art at the time of the samurai)

Reveals works related to the same series of art or exhibition

Subject Heading(All)



Use the subject search field to look for articles about a specific subject; Look up available.