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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.

Bibliographic and full-text database covering the all of television and film, including film & television theory, preservation & restoration, writing, production, cinematography, technical aspects, and reviews.

Types of material covered: Journal articles only.
Dates covered: 1967 to present.

Contains approximately 700,000 citations to film, television and video articles and reviews. You can search the citations or browse by subject headings, browse by person names, production titles, or corporate names.

Types of material covered: Journal and magazine articles, film and book reviews.
Dates covered: 1976-2001

Online digital collection of fire insurance maps, real estate atlases, and other historical maps. Publishers include Sanborn, Perris, Hexamer, Whipple, Baist, Bromley, and Hopkins. Subscription provides access to the entire state of Illinois and includes full-color download capability.

Types of material covered: Fire insurance maps, real estate atlases, plat books, and other historical maps.
Access note: Color download available.

A premier collection of original US military records, including many from the US National Archives. The database also includes almost 100 Chicago city directories dating back to the late 19th century.

Types of material covered: Military records and city directories.
Access note: Reference desk access only.

This multidisciplinary resource archives the PASCAL and FRANCIS bibliographic databases that cover the humanities, social sciences, and economics. Together, they contain over 14 million records. Useful for Asian art.

Types of material covered: Serials, journal articles, books, book chapters, conference papers, French dissertations, exhibition catalogs, reports, etc.
Dates covered: 1984 to 2015.

General encyclopedia written at the popular level. Includes full-text articles and biographies.

Types of material covered: Encyclopedia articles.
Dates covered: Updated annually.