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This guide introduces resources to support your research topics in art and design. Use the tabs at the top of the page to help you locate background information on your topic, articles, books, images, and more.
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Art, Design, and Architecture Collection (ProQuest)
Scholarly and trade articles, books, and conference proceedings in the fields of visual and applied arts.
Academic Search Complete (Ebscohost)
A multidisciplinary database useful for researching a broad range of topics. Includes newspaper, magazine, and academic peer-reviewed articles.
Archive of scholarly articles in the humanities, social sciences, and other disciplines. Useful for research in art and architectural history.
E-books and other digital materials from the arts, design, theory, and architecture fields. Includes often-overlooked ephemera such as artists’ ebooks, podcasts, filmed lectures, typefaces, and more. Some items require registration (free) to view.
An image database, including a digital library with high-quality, authoritative images in the areas of art, architecture, photography, and the humanities and social sciences.
Getting to Know Your Topic
Reference sources, such as encyclopedias or dictionaries, are great starting points for familiarizing yourself with a research topic. They can also help you identify the relevant keywords or specialized terms used to describe your topic.
Oxford Art Online
Includes biographies of artists, subject entries on types of art, and images.
Oxford Reference Online
Dictionaries and encyclopedias focusing on artists, art terms, and art movements.
Creative Services at the Library
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