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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 International Foundation for Art Research's database of catalogues raisonnés. This covers both published catalogues and those currently in process. They can be searched separately or together and is updated regularly.

Types of material covered: Catalogues raisonnés.
Access note: Free access. Available to everyone.

Includes digitized collections from Libraries around the state of Illinois, including exhibition catalogs from the Art Institute of Chicago.

Types of material covered: An assortment of primary documents.
Access note: Free access. Available to everyone.

Find which Illinois libraries own historic newspapers. No full text; just location information.

Access note: Free access. Available to everyone.

This database provides biographical information for over 400 women artists who worked throughout Illinois between 1840 and 1940. Users can search by keyword or browse by name.

Dates covered: 1840-1940
Access note: Free access. Available to everyone.

Includes over a million book illustrations from the British Library in the areas of literature, history, geography, and philosophy.  Illustration types include etchings, wood engravings, lithography and photography.   

Dates covered: late 1700s-early 1900s
Access note: Free Access. Available to everyone.

Biographical sketches, most including information on employment, education, licenses, and publications, on female architects, architectural historians, designers, educators, and interior and landscape designers worldwide. The International Archive of Women in Architecture is a joint program of the College of Architecture and Urban Studies and the University Libraries at Virginia Tech.

Types of material covered: biographical sketches
Dates covered: 1890-present
Access note: Free Access. Available to everyone.

Successor to the Bibliography of the History of Art (BHA). Covers European art from late antiquity to the present, American art from the colonial era to the present, and global art since 1945.

Types of material covered: Abstracts of journal articles
Dates covered: Some articles from 1990-2007, but mostly content written from 2008 to the present

Provides unedited auction information on over 4 million items sold from more than 250 major auction houses worldwide. Many records are illustrated.

Types of material covered: Auction activity for houses covered.
Dates covered: 1993 to present.
Access note: Reference desk access only.