AATA Online is a comprehensive database of over 130,000 abstracts of literature related to the preservation and conservation of material cultural heritage—broadly interpreted to include works of art, cultural objects, museum collections, archives and library materials, architecture, historic sites, and archaeology.
The categories of literature that are abstracted for AATA are books, articles, reports, conference proceedings, dissertations, and other print publications, as well as audiovisual and selected digital resources.
The sources covered include those that address the following:
- the examination, investigation, analysis, restoration, preservation, and technical documentation of works of art, material culture, and archaeological and architectural contexts and materials;
- techniques that are applicable to the study and treatment of art works, archaeological materials, or architecture;
- data on the physical and chemical properties and behavior of the substances that constitute or affect art works and material culture, as well as those used in their preservation treatment, repair, and presentation;
- progress of archaeological excavations, notices of objects and works of art newly discovered or authenticated, and art historical studies, if they shed light on the nature or techniques of construction of such objects or materials.