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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 a digital library of French culture maintained by the Bibliothèque Nationale de France. It contains numerous digitized texts and manuscripts, images, maps, animation, as well as sound files of publications in history, literature, science, philosophy, law, economics, and political science.

Types of material covered: Full text, images, sound and other digital content.
Access note: Free access. Available to everyone.

Includes three databases to assist in provenance research, including Sale Catalogs, a database that indexes works of art from auction catalogs. It covers sales in Belgium, France, Germany, Great Britain, the Netherlands, and Scandanavia.

Types of material covered: Sales catalogs
Dates covered: 1650-1840
Access note: Free access. Available to everyone.

An online search platform providing global access to digitized art history texts in the public domain. Through this multilingual, multicultural union catalog, scholars can search and download complete digital copies of publications for the study of art, architecture, material culture, and related fields.

Types of material covered: Digitized full text publications.
Access note: Free access. Available to everyone.

The Getty Research Institute's structured vocabularies provide terminology and other information about art objects, artists, concepts, and places significant to the study of art, architecture, and material culture. They provide preferred names, terms, and synonyms for people, places, and things; serve as knowledge bases that demonstrate the links and paths between concepts; and contain detailed and contextual knowledge on objects, artists, concepts, and places. All of the vocabularies are freely available online.

Types of material covered: Structured terminology for architecture, art, design, and material culture
Access note: Free Access. Available to everyone.

Covers auction and dealer sales for photographs of all styles and periods, as well as books and periodicals with original photographs.

Types of material covered: Auction and dealer activity for houses and dealers covered.
Dates covered: 1970-current year, updated weekly.
Access note: Reference desk access only.

Gordon's & Lawrence's Combined Fine Print Database includes Gordon's Print Price Annual (1985-current year) and Lawrence's Dealer Print Prices (1970-2006). Provides auction activity and dealer catalog prices on old master, modern, and contemporary fine prints; decorative, sporting, botanical, etc. prints; posters; livres d'artiste, books and periodicals with original graphics.

Types of material covered: Auction and dealer activity for houses and dealers covered
Dates covered: Gordon's Print Price Annual (1985-current year), updated weekly. Lawrence's Dealer Print Prices (1970-2006), updated monthly.
Access note: Reference desk access only.