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Children's Literature: Online Resources


The Commons on Flickr

The key goal of The Commons is to share hidden treasures from the world's public photography archives. It was launched in January 2008 with a pilot partnership with the Library of Congress. Today, participating institutions include many, many others, including those below, though it can be sometimes easier to search the individual sites themselves, so links follow for these two major sources.

The New York Public Library Digital Collections   

This site is a living database with n ew materials added every day, featuring prints, photographs, maps, manuscripts, streaming video, and more.

Wikimedia Commons    

A database of 29,460,574 freely usable media files to which anyone can contribute. These are not necessarily art images, but it can be a good source for buildings, outdoor monuments, and architecture.

The Digital Public Library of America

DPLA is a major cultural heritage site that brings together the digitized resources of institutions all over the United States, including hundreds of thousands of images.


Partnering with museums, libraries, archives and audiovisual archives across Europe, Europeana is a huge source of images and other digitized content in Europe.

Reference Sources

Another good place to start familiarizing yourself with an art history topic are online reference sources.

ARTStor is a a repository of hundreds of thousands of digital images.

CAMIO (OCLC) is a database of high quality art images from acround the worls.

Oxford Art Online, our subscription resource mentioned above, is one (the best) general reference source, and here are a few others to get you started. These can all be found online for free:

Galleries and Museums

National Gallery of Art (Kids)

NGAkids interactives offer an entertaining and informative introduction to art and art history. Featuring a variety of art-making tools that encourage exploration and creativity, these computer-based activities are suitable for all ages. You can learn about each program by clicking on the associated thumbnail image.

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