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Welcome to the Graphic Design Research Guide!
This guide is to help you get a jumpstart on art research by giving an overview of what art resources are available in the library, along with some quick tips on how to find and use them. This resource guide was created in support of the SUU Graphic Design Major.
Sherratt Library provides access to a number of databases on a wide range of subjects. Below is a list of databases with content related to Graphic Design:
Academic Search Ultimate (ASU) This link opens in a new window
General collection of journals, magazines, and newspapers in most academic subjects. Search results can be limited to full text and scholarly (peer reviewed) journals.
Art Full Text This link opens in a new window
Full-text articles, indexing and abstracts from an international array of publications on fine, decorative and commercial art, photography, folk art, film, and architecture. 660 periodicals dating back to 1972, including nearly 360 peer-reviewed journals, and citations to over 14,000 art dissertations.
ARTstor This link opens in a new window
Digital library of more than 1M images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and social sciences. Contributions from outstanding museums, photographers, libraries, scholars, photo archives, artists and artists' estates.
JSTOR This link opens in a new window
Full text academic journals in many disciplines, typically limited to issues older than 1-5 years. Search for your topic from the JSTOR search window or select BROWSE by Subject.
Kanopy This link opens in a new window
Kanopy is a streaming video resource to which SUU subscribes. The current videos to which the university has access are listed alphabetically in the linked pages and may be viewed by students, faculty, and staff.
Oxford Art Online This link opens in a new window
Access to the most authoritative, inclusive, and easily searchable online art resources available today
Other Online Resources
Museums with Graphic Design Collections:
Periodicals and Serials
Although many of the journals and annuals we have in Sherratt Library are available in electronic form, sometimes a print copy is the only way to go. Below is a list of periodicals and serials we have in print and electronic formats. (Note: Print copies of periodicals are housed in the collapsible shelves on the first level, organized alphabetically by title, where serials are in the book shelves, organized by call number, like books).
Books and eBooks
At Sherratt Library we use the Library of Congress Classification (LCC) system to organize the items on our shelves. These call "numbers" (they're really letters) on the spines are used for most of our items, including print books and ebooks. Below is a list of call numbers that relate to Graphic Design directly or peripherally (browsing these sections in the shelves on the 2nd level, or 3rd level for oversized items, can reveal resources you never knew you needed)!
Click any of the links below to see a PDF of more complete breakdowns for each number at the Library of Congress.
N Visual arts
NC Drawing. Design. Illustration
NE Print media
NK Decorative arts
NX Arts in general
Z Books (General). Writing. Paleography. Book industries and trade. Libraries. Bibliography
Librarian for Graphic Design