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Unless otherwise noted, these resources are available at the Art Institute of Chicago, the SAIC campus, or from other locations with an ARTIC username and password.

The Chicago Collections Consortium website allows you to search across archival collections related to Chicago history and culture that are available at local research institutions, and provides information about how to access those collections. Digital materials available through the site include letters, maps, and photogaphs.

Types of material covered: Library holdings.
Access note: Free access. Available to everyone.

This archive provides unlimited access to historical articles and images from The Chicago Defender, the oldest African-American newspaper published in Chicago.

Types of material covered: Newspaper articles.
Dates covered: 1905-1975
Access note: Reference desk access only.

Provides answers to style, format, and editing questions related to manuscript preparation.

Quick Guide
Chicago Style Q&A

Types of material covered: Includes the 16th and 17th editions of the Chicago Manual of Style, the Chicago Style Q & A resource, and a Quick Guide with examples of citations.
Types of material covered: Full text articles from the Chicago Tribune.
Dates covered: 1985-present
Technical tip: The ChicagTribune database works best with the internet browser Safari.

Full text articles from the Chicago Tribune.

Types of material covered: Newspaper articles.
Dates covered: 1849-1990
Technical tip: The Chicago Tribune database works best with the internet browser Safari.

This Terra Foundation Resource project, accessible through the Archives of American Art website, lists over 75 archival collections in the Chicago area that relate to American art. Browse the list of repositories or search the records to identify Chicago-area archival collections. Results include collection summaries, historical notes, and links to repository websites.

Types of material covered: Archival collections in the Chicago area

This 2015 survey of more than 75 repositories in the Chicago area, sponsored by the Terra Foundation for American Art, allows you to browse archival holdings on American Art by respository, or to search across more than 900 records to locate information related to American Art in Chicago collections.

Types of material covered: Library holdings
Access note: Free Access. Available to everyone.

Library of Congress project to digitize the nation's newspapers.

Types of material covered: Newspaper articles.
Dates covered: 1880-1922

The National Museum of Women in the Arts' database is a unique interactive database containing authoritative information on 18,000 women visual artists of all time periods and nationalities. 

Types of material covered: Full-text biographical information and some images.
Access note: Free access. Available to everyone.

Full-text digital archive of twentieth-century architecture magazines, including Progressive Architecture, AIA Journal, and Architectural Forum. A project of the North Carolina Modernist Houses organization, it also includes architecture and design magazines published in North Carolina.

Types of material covered: Full-text magazines.
Access note: Free access. Available to everyone.

The Conservation Information Network brings together over 190,000 bibliographic records on the conservation of objects of all types.

For coverage of Art and Archaeology Technical Abstracts from 1998 to present go to the Getty Conservation Institute's AATA Online, which includes the full run of both the IICA and AATA.

Types of material covered: Technical reports, conference proceedings, journal articles, books, audiovisual and unpublished materials.
Dates covered: The following dates are covered: Technical Studies in the Field of Fine Arts (1932-1942). International Institute for Conservation Abstracts (1955-1965). Art and Archaeology Technical Abstracts (1955-1997).
Access note: Free access. Available to everyone.

A freely available index of Art periodicals and alternative press journals such as SMS, The Fox, Situationist Times, Grey Room, Critical Inquiry, and others. Requires registration to search.

Types of material covered: Journal articles
Dates covered: Dates vary depending on the periodical, but many go back to the 1960s.
Access note: Free access but registration required.

Search across the catalogs of more than 70 UK research libraries, including the British Library, the libraries of the British Museum, the Courtauld, the National Portrait Gallery, the Tate, and the Victoria and Albert.

Types of material covered: Library holdings.
Access note: Free access. Available to everyone.

This resource is dedicated to the visual arts in India and South Asia, and includes information on curators, exhibitions, artists, artist groups, and lens-based practices.

Types of material covered: Archive of artists, curators, and exhibitions