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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.

Pharos is an an international consortium of fourteen European and North American art historical photo archives that have contributed to a digital research platform allowing for comprehensive consolidated access to photo archive images and their associated scholarly documentation. You can search by keyword or by reverse image search, or browse by institution. 

Types of material covered: photographs of artworks
Dates covered: artworks covered range from ancient art to 19th-century works
Access note: Free access. Available to everyone.

The International Poster Center's index to sales prices from their auctions.

Types of material covered: Auction prices for posters

Indexes journals in the field of education, many in full text.

Types of material covered: Journal articles, educational reports.
Dates covered: 1965 to the present.

Provides full-text access to the entire Project MUSE historical journal archive in the humanities, arts, and social sciences.

Types of material covered: Journal articles
Dates covered: Dates of coverage vary by journal; most current year may NOT be included.
Technical tip: When emailing an article from Project MUSE, first save it as a pdf on your desktop and then attach the pdf to your email.

The ProQuest platform allowers users to search multiple databases at once, including ArtBibliographies Modern; the Art, Architecture and Design Collection; Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals; Chicago Tribune; New York Times; Vogue Archive; and many more. 

Types of material covered: Multi-disciplinary journal articles, e-books, and other content, including some full text.

The main indexing source for international literature in psychology and related disciplines (art therapy, psychiatry, education, business, medicine, nursing, pharmacology, law, linguistics, and social work).

Types of material covered: Journal articles.
Dates covered: 1806 to the present. Note: There are less than 146 records with publication dates prior to 1890.