Visual Culture - Research independently

The resources listed here will help you to make a good start with your research.

Dictionaries and encylopedias

Useful for getting a basic understanding of your topic.

A variety of reference works, including dictionaries, which tutors may well prefer to Wikipedia, and it even tells you how to set out a reference to what you find. Try out the 'Mind Map' option to see how your keyword links to others - useful for essay planning and dissertation work (use the arrow next to Basic Search to get to it).

Search more than 600 reference books at once.  Results include definitions, longer explanations and images.  The Concept Map feature is useful for essay planning.

• eLexicons not in Discovery 

eLexicons include Fashion, Typography, Graphic Design, Graphic Art, Illustration, and Lettering. It includes over 2,500 biographical entries of key designers in these areas and provides examples of their work. You can easily see who has influenced whom, who is working within particular movements, with particular typefaces and so on. Watch this short video to get you started.

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A virtual reference resource relating to all aspects of the visual arts.  It includes links to images and other useful features such as history of art timelines.

The most trusted source about words in English, containing definitions, plus very detailed word histories.

Library Discovery Service

Search for a wide range of sources including e-books, articles, reports and images.

Search Discovery for resources relating to the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries.

Search across all subject areas.


You can find ebooks on Discovery, but you can search the full text of the books by using the individual services. More services can be found on the Ebooks webpage.

An ebook collection covering fashion & textiles, design & illustration, photography, architecture & interiors and more. Explore key topics as well as search and browse books.

Themes covered include: childhood and family, food, the body, women, dress and fashion, theatre, animals, work, leisure and consumption etc. Each theme goes from antiquity through to the 21st century giving you a vast selection of online chapters to access. You can search by time or place as well as by theme.

Contains full text books in many subject areas.

The full text of thousands of books published in Britain from 1475 to 1900. This collection comprises Early English Books Online (EEBO) and Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO), plus nineteenth century books from the British Library collection.

• Screen Studies not in Discovery 

A useful research resource for anyone studying the moving image; this platform contains ebooks, screenplays and a history of cinema timeline.

Your Subject Team

Greta Friggens

Faculty Librarian


Phone: (023) 9284 3456

Lizzie Wildgoose

Assistant Faculty Librarian


Phone: (023) 9284 3452

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