Skip to main content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.
We are still offering consultation services during the COVID-19 move to online instruction. Please feel free to reach out for virtual appointments! For more information on library services and resources, please click here.
This guide introduces resources to support your research topics in graphic design. Use the tabs at the top of the page to help you locate background information on your topic, articles, books, images, and more.
If you need assistance with your research or help using library resources, please contact me, schedule an appointment, or Ask a Librarian.
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.
Communications & Mass Media Complete (EBSCOhost)
Scholarly articles covering communication, mass media, rhetoric, and other closely related fields. Useful for the business aspects of art, such as advertising and graphic design.
Business Source Complete (EBSCOhost)
Articles from academic journals, magazines and trade publications covering a range of business topics. Useful for researching the business aspects of art and design.
Getting to Know Your Topic
Reference sources, such as encyclopedias or dictionaries, are great starting points for familiarizing yourself with your 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.
Adobe Creative Cloud
In light of classes moving online, Adobe has provided temporary remote access for the Northeastern community. Please follow the instructions on ITS' website to enable access to Creative Cloud Desktop Apps on your personal device.
Design & Software Tutorials
LinkedIn Learning (formerly Lynda.com)
Video learning courses on digital publishing, logo and product design, typography, Adobe design and editing software, and more. New courses added weekly.