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Graphic Design

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Getting Started
  1. To search for BACKGROUND information, use Credo Reference or Gale Virtual Reference Library .
  2. To search for BOOKS and DVDS owned by Sage, use the Libraries Catalog.
  3. To search for JOURNAL, MAGAZINE or NEWSPAPER ARTICLES, use Academic Search Elite or ProQuest, the Arts
Find Journal Articles

The following databases are the most relevant for Graphic Design topics:

Academic Search Elite Restricted Resource Some full text available
Provides full text for more than 2,100 journals, including more than 1,700 peer-reviewed titles. It covers a wide variety of topics including computer sciences, engineering, physics, chemistry, language and linguistics, arts & literature, history, and ethnic studies.

Art Full Text Restricted Resource Some full text available Resource contains images
In addition to articles, this database indexes reproductions of works of art that appear in periodicals.

Google Art Project Unrestricted Resource Resource contains images
Google has partinered with hundreds of museums, cultural institutions, and archives to host the world's cultural treasures online.

ProQuest, the Arts Restricted Resource Some full text available
A subset of ProQuest databases covering the arts.


The following databases might also be useful depending on your topic:

Art Journals Restricted Resource
Access to thousands of online journals covering a broad range of disciplines including art, architecture & applied arts.

Grove Encyclopedia of Classical Art & Architecture Restricted Resource
More than 1,000 articles spanning the civilizations of ancient Greece and Rome as well as eariler Minoan, Cycladic, Helladic (including Mycenaean) and Etruscan cultures.

My Modern Met Unrestricted Resource Resource contains images
The Metropolitan Museum of Art's collection of digital images.                                                                                                                                                                 

Oxford Art Online Restricted Resource Some full text available Resource contains images
Includes Grove Art Online, The Oxford Companion to Western Art, The Encyclopedia of Aesthetics and The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms.

Locating Journal Articles
Many of these databases, provide full text coverage. You will often see links that you can click on to connect directly to an article. Look for "PDF Full Text," "HTML Full Text" or "Linked Full Text" somewhere on the page. Examples are below:

  The Find Full Text symbol indicates that Sage may own the material, but it is housed in a different database or journal. Clicking this link will bring you to the article in full text, if owned by Sage.

If full text access is NOT available through the Sage databases, you may request the journal article via Interlibrary Loan (ILL).

If you have a citation for a specific journal or newspaper article, click here for instructions to learn how to locate the article using the "Journals A-Z" portal.
Find Books

Search the Sage Libraries Catalog for books, eBooks and DVDs:

There are several ways to search the catalog with keyword searching the most basic. A keyword search is the default search option in the Libraries catalog. Use the catalog's "Advanced Search" to search by author, title, call number, ISBN number or subject. You may also limit your search to a specific library (Albany or Troy).

RESEARCH TIP: Use a thesaurus to find synonyms to expand your keyword searches.

To find the book on the shelf, you will need to know the library (Albany or Troy), shelving location (Main, New Books, etc.) and call number. This information can be found on the item record (see example below). If you find a book in the catalog but it is on the opposite campus, storage or otherwise inaccesible, use the "Place Hold" function to request the book.


All eBooks owned by Sage can be found by searching the Libraries' catalog. You may also search these eBooks collections separately.

Ebook Collection
A collection of over 10,000 eBooks covering a wide range of disciplines.
Ebook Central
A collection of over 70,000 eBooks covering a broad range of subjects.

eBooks may be downloaded to an eReader device. See here for downloading instructions.

Not finding what you need?

Try searching WorldCat, a catalog of books, media and journals in libraries around the world. You can use Sage's Interlibrary Loan service (ILL) to borrow books from other libraries.
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Keyword Search Tips
  1. Consider adding one of these terms to your search terms: canvas size, image map, anchor point.
  2. Break down your topic into smaller concepts and identify synonyms for those concepts.
  3. Use "AND" to combine terms in your search, i.e. "shadow printing and imposition"
  4. Use "OR" to expand your results, i.e. "midtones or saturation"
  5. Use QUOTATION MARKS to delineate a group of words as a phrase, i.e. "white point adjustment"

For more search tips, see one of these tutorials:

Citing Sources
General Online Guides (all of these guides will help you cite graphic design assignments)

Purdue Online Writing Lab
W.W. Norton's "Write Site" (Little Seagull Handbook publisher)

Copies of the major style manuals can be found at the Information Desk in either Library.
Evaluating Websites
There are numerous websites and blogs available on the internet but some may not be accurate, creditable or useful for Graphic Design. Therefore, you should always carefully evaluate a source - no matter how reliable it seems to be - before using it for your research. Use a TRAP to evaluate materials for quality.

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Useful Websites
Informational Sites, Blogs, and Tutorials

Dewsignrfix- Free templates, tutorials, examples and aticles related to graphic design.

TheDesignBlog- A design blog that also offers free downloads, tutorials, and sources for design inspiration.

Ultralinx Graphic Design- Offers graphic design themed articles, current trends, and design ideas.

YouTheDesigner- An informal graphic design blog that also offers a graphic design terms glossary, interactive tutorials, free templates, and design materials.

Resources Suggested by Graphic Design Sites

Complex Style's 20 Online Resources Every Graphic Designer Should Know

Agile Designers Recommended Resources- over 1000 suggested resources for graphic designers.

Creative Bloq's Graphic Design Resources- 2500 free resources for graphic designers.
Browsing Graphic Design Books
The Sage Libraries uses the Library of Congress Classification (LCC) system to organize its book collection. Graphic Design books can be found in the following sections:
N Visual Arts
NC1-1940 Drawing. Design. Illustration
NC760-825 Special subjects
NC845-915 Graphic art materials (drawing)
NC977-1003 Commercial art. Advertising art
NC1920-1940 Copying, enlarging and reduction of drawings