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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 EBSCO Host platform allows users to search multiple databases at once, this includes databases such as Academic Search Complete, Anthropology Plus, Art Full Text, Art Index Retrospective, FRANCIS, Historical Abstracts, and many others. 

Types of material covered: Multi-disciplinary journal articles, e-books, and other content, including some full text.

Abstracts and some full text of a wide range of scholarly journals. Can be searched by publisher or subject collections—arts, history, geography, social sciences, political science.

Types of material covered: Journal articles.
Dates covered: 1995 to the present.

A comprehensive survey of the major concepts relating to the visual arts.

Types of material covered: All aspects of the visual arts

This comprehensive reference work includes entries on architecture, art, and urban planning, as well as neighborhood histories and articles on art societies and organizations. Special features include a biographical dictionary, dictionary of Chicago businesses, timeline of Chicago history, and several interpretive essays. Produced by the Chicago History Museum, the Newberry Library, and Northwestern University, the Encyclopedia was designed as a print and digital publication from the beginning; the print volume is available in the open shelf reference collection in the reading room.

Types of material covered: Brief encyclopedic entries and longer interpretive essays on Chicago's development, history, and inhabitants.
Dates covered: 1820-2000
Access note: Free Access. Available to everyone.

Premier national educational database sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Educational Research and Improvement (OERI). Abstracts with some full text.

Types of material covered: Research documents (ERIC documents), journal articles, technical reports, program descriptions and evaluations, and curricular materials in the field of education.
Dates covered: 1966 to the present.

Citations from collections of essays and miscellaneous works published in the United States, Great Britain, and Canada. Subjects covered: all areas of the humanities and social sciences.

Types of material covered: Essays and miscellaneous works
Dates covered: 1985 to the present

The British Library's electronic theses online service provides access to over 300,000 theses and dissertations. Many UK institutions support Open Access to their theses, so their digital and digitized theses are free to the researcher. A small number of participating institutions may not be able to offer Open Access and in this case the researcher may have to pay for the digitization.

Access note: Some content is fee based.

This online portal offers quick and easy access to the collections of 48 leading European national libraries and research collections. It includes over 20 million digital items and over 125 million bibliographic records. 

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

Provides access to millions of digitized items from a range of Europe's leading museums, galleries, archives, and libraries. The collection includes text, images, sound, and videos.

Types of material covered: Images of books, manuscripts, art, maps, and other objects.
Dates covered: All eras
Access note: Free access. Available to everyone.