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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.

Full-text access to a broad range of sources covering news, business, legal, medical, and general reference research.

Types of material covered: Approximately 5,000 resources, including regional, national, and international newspapers, wire services, magazines, almanacs, biographical dictionaries, etc.
Dates covered: Dates of coverage vary from source to source. Newspaper coverage ranges from current year to 20+ years. Wire services and newspapers updated daily.
Technical tip: This database will be replaced by Nexis Uni in 2019.

The Auction Price Results Database provides access to 21 million results from auctions of art, antiques, jewelry, fashion, furniture, and collectibles. Search by keyword and then refine to location, auction house, hammer price, style/period, creator, or other categories.

Types of material covered: Auction activity for over 4,000 auction houses.
Dates covered: 1999 to present.
Access note: Hammer prices available at the reference desk for patrons who do not have an account.
Technical tip: Create a free account to view hammer prices.

A freely-available database of collectors' marks, including stamped and written marks of private and public collections, marks used by dealers, mounters, printers, publishers, and engravers, as well as studio and estate stamps.

Types of material covered: Includes all marks as recorded in Lugt's 1921 reference source and his 1956 supplement plus approximately 4,500 previously unrecorded marks.