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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.

Provides access to scanned images of original Dada-era publications in the International Dada Archive. These books, pamphlets, and periodicals are housed in the Special Collections Department of The University of Iowa Libraries.  Each original document has been scanned in its entirety. 

Types of material covered: Full text and images.
Dates covered: Pre-1929.
Access note: Free access. Available to everyone.
Technical tip: These are page-image files only, not searchable full-text files.

Online thesaurus that provides geographic coordinates for locations worldwide, and links out to related research materials and objects in other DAI catalogs. Supports research in the archaeological sciences and classical studies.

Types of material covered: Books, journals, and images.
Access note: Free access. Available to everyone.

Search open-access electronic theses and dissertations from more than 500 libraries in 27 European countries. 

Types of material covered: Theses and dissertations.
Access note: Free access. Available to everyone.

The Social Security Death Index is a freely available resource that provides death dates for Americans who had social security numbers. Another source is Ancestry.com, which the Ryerson librarians can search for you.

Types of material covered: Death dates

Complete index of "Degenerate Art" works confiscated from German museums in 1937. Available in German and English. 

Access note: Free access. Available to everyone.

Provides coverage of more than 100 design and design-related journals most of which have ceased publication, but which are distinctly important to the development of design concepts in the early 20th century.  DAR provides broad, international coverage on a wide range of subjects in the fields of industrial and product design, architecture, interior design, furniture design, ceramics, glass, jewelry, metalsmithing, fashion and textile design, graphic design, and others.

Types of material covered: Journal articles only
Dates covered: 1894-1986

Contains over 130,000 annotated references from more than 500 design and craft journals on industrial and product design, architecture, interior design, furniture design, ceramics, glass, jewellery, metalsmithing, fashion and textile design, graphic design, etc.

Types of material covered: Journal articles only.
Dates covered: 1973 to present.

Includes digitized nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century decorative and fine arts journals. Also includes a bibliography of useful web sites in international design and art.

Types of material covered: Full text journals and links to web sites
Dates covered: Journals are from the 19th century and early 20th

A searchable biographical dictionary of major art historians of western art. This source is intended as a beginning point for learning the background of each art historian included. Each entry includes a bibliography.

Access note: Free access. Available to everyone.

The German National Library catalog. There are over 28 million items in the library's collection. 

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

This portal allows users to search freely accessible digital surrogates of works held by libraries, museums, and archives across the country. Contributors include the Smithsonian Institution, the National Archives, the Yale Center for British Art, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Walters Art Gallery, the New York Public Library and others.

Types of material covered: Images, books, and other digitized sources
Access note: Free access. Available to everyone.

A directory of freely accessible scholarly journals covering art, architecture, design and other subjects. 

Types of material covered: Full text scholarly publications.
Access note: Free access. Available to everyone.

Provides access to citations and abstracts from all titles in the Digital Dissertations database. Titles published since 1997 have 24 page previews available. No full-text dissertations available.

Types of material covered: Masters and Ph.D theses.
Dates covered: 1861 to the present.