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International Bibliography of Art (IBA): Sample Searches

A key resource for scholarly literature on western art

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Please note that the links below will only work if you are authenticated to ProQuest's International Bibliography of Art (IBA)

Backfile Searches

Backfile searching from 1975 to 2007 is available through the Getty Research Institute:

Sample Searches

Basic Search

You are researching a basic art concept: impressionism.  By entering this term in the basic search box, you will receive the entire list of results typically sorted by relevancy.  (And it may be searching all fields or everything BUT full-text depending on your organization's default search settings).

From the list of results, you can sort by date (ascending or descending) as well as narrow by the following filters:

  • Scholarly journal or other source types
  • Publication date range
  • Publication titles
  • Document types
  • Subject headings
  • Country of publication
  • Language (of original publication)


Advanced Search

You need to find sources specifically written about ceramics.  You have several choices to immediately narrow a search.  

Using the Advanced Search form, choose to search for ceramics with one of the following dropdown field codes:

  • Document title (TI) or
  • Monograph title (MTI) or
  • Abstract (AB)

If you then want to narrow your search to ceramics from France or another country, you can modify your search and add a country or filter from your current results.