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About Oxford Art Online

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Yes, in order to access the content on Oxford Art Online you, or your library, must purchase access to the content. Find out how to subscribe.


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What is the difference between Oxford Art Online, Grove Art Online, and the Benezit Dictionary of Artists?

Oxford Art Online is a portal for access to Grove Art Online and the Benezit Dictionary of Artists, allowing you to search across both resources simultaneously. You can also access each resource separately through their own URLs: Grove Art and Benezit


What does my Oxford Art Online subscription include?

Your subscription to Oxford Art Online includes the Encyclopedia of Aesthetics (now in its 2nd edition), the Oxford Companion to Western Art, and the Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms. Find more information on these titles on the About page, or visit our help pages to find out how to search these titles. Please note: when clicking on links to these titles they will take you to the article on Oxford Reference. If you are unable to access Oxford Reference, please contact us.


Are other Grove publications, such as the Encyclopedia of American Art included in Grove Art Online?

Yes. All new entries, bibliographic updates, and revisions made for print publications have been incorporated into the online resource. Please note that the print title will have slightly different illustrations, a different set of cross-references, and some differences in style. 


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How to Use Oxford Art Online

Do Boolean operators and other search helpers work?

Yes. Common searching commands, such as double quotes or parentheses around search terms, * wildcard, and Boolean operators AND/OR/NOT, will work when searching.


How can I perform an advanced search?

Advanced search options are available in the left sidebar of search or browse results list. You can run a quick search, select a browse category, or click the magnifying glass icon in the quick search bar to browse the entire site first to access these options. For more information about narrowing search and browse results, see our Help page.


Why do the filtering options on my search or browse results keep changing?

Many of these filters are dynamic, and only appear when matching articles are present in the results list. For more on searching, see our Quick search section on the help page.


Why are there so many broken links to external sites?

Approximately 10,000 links point to collection object pages on museum and gallery websites. Since we have published these links to Grove Art, those websites have changed or re-launched, causing links to break. Grove Art editors and technical staff have undertaken a concerted and ongoing effort to repair the links. 


Where can I find information about abbreviations in Grove articles? 

Click here for lists of abbreviations.


Can I print content, or save it as a PDF?

Yes. You can print and save individual articles to which you have access. To generate a PDF of an individual article, simply click on the "PDF" icon link at the top right of the article text, then download the PDF using your web browser. To print an article hover over the “share” icon and choose “Print” from the list that appears. Please note that copyright restrictions apply. 

Please note that due to the size and complexity of some articles in combination with the speed of internet connections, some articles may not be able to generate a PDF. If you are running into issues downloading the PDF of a particularly long article, we suggest using your computer's "Print to PDF" functionality to save the PDF. If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact us.

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You are limited by copyright restrictions to the amount of information you can print and download. It is very important that you read our Privacy Policy and Legal Notice, which includes information on downloading PDFs.


How am I allowed to use media published on Oxford Art Online?

Oxford Art Online is not an image provider and therefore cannot grant permissions or advise on issues of rights and usage. Please contact the image providers and copyright holders cited in the captions directly if you wish to use art images. Please see our Privacy Policy and Legal Notice for more information. 


I would like to reuse or reproduce excerpts from Oxford Art Online. Do I need to get permission?

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Technical and Access Questions

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Oxford Art Online is designed to display and function correctly on the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and MS Edge.


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Oxford Art Online has full W3C Priority 1 and 2 compliance, as well as most applicable Priority 3 items. It is one of the most accessible sites of its kind and should work with most popular screen-reading software. We are committed to making our resources accessible for all scholars. Please contact us with questions or feedback.


What is your policy on third party data mining?

OUP recognizes the research benefit of Text and Data Mining (TDM) across a variety of research fields. As such, we are happy to accommodate TDM for non-commercial use. If you have any questions please e-mail Data.Mining@oup.com.


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