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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 The Grove Dictionary of Art, The Oxford Companion to Western Art, Oxford's Encyclopedia of AestheticsThe Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms, and The Benezit Dictionary of Artists. These can all be searched simultaneously or separately.

Types of material covered: Encyclopedic coverage of all aspects of fine and applied arts and architecture. Also included are biographies, images, and dictionary entries.
Dates covered: All eras
Technical tip: When emailing an article from Oxford Art Online, first save it as a pdf on your desktop and then attach the pdf to your email.

Provides detailed etymologies for nearly every word in the English language.

Types of material covered: Word definitions and etymologies.
Dates covered: Current edition, updated quarterly.

Provides access to Grove Music Online, The Oxford Dictionary of Music, and The Oxford Companion to Music. All three can be searched simultaneously or separately.

Types of material covered: Encyclopedia articles, illustrations, musical examples.
Dates covered: All eras and cultures are covered.