Illustration - Searching beyond the basics

This section lists resources for specific purposes.

Journal databases

Find journal and magazine articles. These include up-to-date publications. 

Use this resource to search for journal articles, e-books and images.  All visual arts subjects are included.  Links to the full text are provided, where available.

Journal archives

Find (mostly) non-current, full-text, journal and magazine articles.

• Art and Architecture Archive not in Discovery 

Includes archival full text access to magazines including Architects' Journal (1929 - 2005), Architectural Review (1896 - 2005), Art Monthly (1976 - 2005), British Journal of Photography (1860 - 2005) and Eye: International Review of Graphic Design (1990 - 2005).

This database enables you to find out what articles have been published in journals between 1929 and 1984


An academic journal archive containing thousands of articles on a wide range of subjects. You will need to search other databases to find the most recent years.

Current newspapers

• Nexis not in Discovery 

Full text articles from many news sources and trade journals both UK and international. Archives sometimes stretching back to the mid 1980s.

• UKPressonline not in Discovery 

Access facsimile articles (including photos) from the Daily Express and Daily Mirror from the early 1900s onwards. Useful if you want the tabloid view on topical issues.

Specialist sources

A research initiative which aims to support, promote, encourage and strengthen the production of artists' books at the University of Portsmouth

• Zineopolis 

Discover the University of Portsmouth’s Art-Zines collection.

Image collections

Find more resources from the Visual Culture subject page.

• Artstor 

A database of more than 2 million images related to visual arts and culture. You can create, save and share groups of images and make presentations too.

• 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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Video collections

This fantastic resource has captured UK terrestrial TV and radio programmes from 1998 onwards for anyone in UK universities to watch for free. You can create playlists and clips to embed in presentations, as well as putting in requests for recording. Look out for all the useful documentaries. (Not available to anyone outside the UK.)

You can access the basic subscription which includes 400+ high resolution sequences of athletes, artists, and dancers taken from one, two or three camera angles. Perfect reference for gesture drawing, anatomy study, and animation.

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• Kanopy 

A unique collections of films including award-winning documentaries, training films and theatrical releases on every topic imaginable. Content can be searched or browsed.

Provides access to thousands of animal and human motion clips.

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