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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.

Indexes scholarly and trade articles, many full text, in all academic subjects including: arts & literature, humanities, social sciences, education, computer sciences, language and linguistics, medical sciences, ethnic studies and more.

Types of material covered: Journal articles only.
Dates covered: 1975 to the present.

Provides bibliographic access to over 2,000 international, state and local history journals covering the history of the United States and Canada from prehistory to the present. For coverage of world history, excluding the United States and Canada, use Historical Abstracts.

Types of material covered: Journal articles, book reviews, and dissertations.
Dates covered: 1964 to the present.

Contains more than 1,100 historically-significant periodicals published between 1740 and 1900, including special interest and general magazines. Everything is available in full text.

Types of material covered: Full text American historical periodicals
Dates covered: 1740-1900

Combines Anthropological Literature, the citation database of Harvard University's Tozzer Library, with the British Museum's Anthropological Index, providing access to over 2,500 journals and edited works. Useful for African and Native American art.

Types of material covered: Journals, edited works, and monographic series.
Dates covered: Selected late 19th century literature to the present.

A comprehensive survey of current publications in the fields of visual and applied arts; includes the indexes ARTbibliographies Modern (covering modern and contemporary art), Design and Applied Arts Index (for all aspects of design and crafts) and the International Bibliography of Art (covering scholarship on Western art history), together with a complementary collection of current full-text journals, Arts and Humanities Full Text. 

Types of material covered: Books, dissertations, exhibition catalogs, essays within collected works, and articles from current journals.
Dates covered: 1974 to present.

Provides approximately 100,000 pages of monographs, essays, articles, speeches, and interviews written by leaders within the black community from the earliest times to the present. The collection is intended for research in black studies, political science, American history, music, literature, and art.

Types of material covered: Monographs, essays, articles, speeches, and interviews.

A freely available index of Art periodicals and alternative press journals such as SMS, The Fox, Situationist Times, Grey Room, Critical Inquiry, and others. Requires registration to search.

Types of material covered: Journal articles
Dates covered: Dates vary depending on the periodical, but many go back to the 1960s.
Access note: Free access but registration required.

This resource is dedicated to the visual arts in India and South Asia, and includes information on curators, exhibitions, artists, artist groups, and lens-based practices.

Types of material covered: Archive of artists, curators, and exhibitions

Provides access to scanned images of original Dada-era publications in the International Dada Archive. These books, pamphlets, and periodicals are housed in the Special Collections Department of The University of Iowa Libraries.  Each original document has been scanned in its entirety. 

Types of material covered: Full text and images.
Dates covered: Pre-1929.
Access note: Free access. Available to everyone.
Technical tip: These are page-image files only, not searchable full-text files.

Online thesaurus that provides geographic coordinates for locations worldwide, and links out to related research materials and objects in other DAI catalogs. Supports research in the archaeological sciences and classical studies.

Types of material covered: Books, journals, and images.
Access note: Free access. Available to everyone.

Search open-access electronic theses and dissertations from more than 500 libraries in 27 European countries. 

Types of material covered: Theses and dissertations.
Access note: Free access. Available to everyone.

This portal allows users to search freely accessible digital surrogates of works held by libraries, museums, and archives across the country. Contributors include the Smithsonian Institution, the National Archives, the Yale Center for British Art, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Walters Art Gallery, the New York Public Library and others.

Types of material covered: Images, books, and other digitized sources
Access note: Free access. Available to everyone.

A directory of freely accessible scholarly journals covering art, architecture, design and other subjects. 

Types of material covered: Full text scholarly publications.
Access note: Free access. Available to everyone.

Provides access to citations and abstracts from all titles in the Digital Dissertations database. Titles published since 1997 have 24 page previews available. No full-text dissertations available.

Types of material covered: Masters and Ph.D theses.
Dates covered: 1861 to the present.

The EBSCO Host platform allows users to search multiple databases at once, this includes databases such as Academic Search Complete, Anthropology Plus, Art Full Text, Art Index Retrospective, FRANCIS, Historical Abstracts, and many others. 

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

Abstracts and some full text of a wide range of scholarly journals. Can be searched by publisher or subject collections—arts, history, geography, social sciences, political science.

Types of material covered: Journal articles.
Dates covered: 1995 to the present.

Citations from collections of essays and miscellaneous works published in the United States, Great Britain, and Canada. Subjects covered: all areas of the humanities and social sciences.

Types of material covered: Essays and miscellaneous works
Dates covered: 1985 to the present

The British Library's electronic theses online service provides access to over 300,000 theses and dissertations. Many UK institutions support Open Access to their theses, so their digital and digitized theses are free to the researcher. A small number of participating institutions may not be able to offer Open Access and in this case the researcher may have to pay for the digitization.

Access note: Some content is fee based.

Provides access to millions of digitized items from a range of Europe's leading museums, galleries, archives, and libraries. The collection includes text, images, sound, and videos.

Types of material covered: Images of books, manuscripts, art, maps, and other objects.
Dates covered: All eras
Access note: Free access. Available to everyone.

Bibliographic and full-text database covering the all of television and film, including film & television theory, preservation & restoration, writing, production, cinematography, technical aspects, and reviews.

Types of material covered: Journal articles only.
Dates covered: 1967 to present.

Contains approximately 700,000 citations to film, television and video articles and reviews. You can search the citations or browse by subject headings, browse by person names, production titles, or corporate names.

Types of material covered: Journal and magazine articles, film and book reviews.
Dates covered: 1976-2001

This multidisciplinary resource indexes over 4,200 journals covering the humanities (67%), social sciences (30%), and economics (3%), with abstracts for most records. Useful for Asian art.

Types of material covered: Serials, journal articles, books, book chapters, conference papers, French dissertations, exhibition catalogs, reports, etc.
Dates covered: 1984 to the present.

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.

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.

Provides bibliographic access to over 2,000 international journals covering the history of the world from 1450 to the present (excluding the United States and Canada, which are covered in America: History and Life).

Types of material covered: Journal articles, book reviews, and international dissertations.
Dates covered: 1954 to present.

Provides full-text access to the back issues of hundreds of scholarly journals in the humanities and social sciences.

A list of journals is available via the JSTOR site.

Types of material covered: Journal articles
Dates covered: Dates of coverage vary; most journals' current 3-5 years are NOT included.
Technical tip: When emailing an article from JSTOR, first save it as a pdf on your desktop and then attach the pdf to your email.

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.

Published by the Modern Language Association of America this database indexes international scholarly materials on modern language, literature, linguistics, and folklore, with over 1.3 million citations.

Types of material covered: Over 3,000 journals and series, monographs, dissertations, working papers and conference proceedings.
Dates covered: 1963 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.

An archival resource for the history of women in U.S. social movements between 1600 and 2000, it includes 2,700 publications, 4,300 documents, 1,300 images plus 90,000 pages of publications of federal, state, and local Commissions on the Status of Women between 1961 and 2005.

Types of material covered: Publications, documents, and images.
Dates covered: 1600 to present

Online catalog maintained by the Deutsches Archäologisches Institut that indexes journals, books, archival materials, and e-resources. Supports research in the archaeological sciences and classical studies.

Research worldwide

 
Types of material covered: Journals, monographs, and digitized resources.
Access note: Free access. Available to everyone.