Graphic Design - Research independently
The resources listed here will help you to make a good start with your research.
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.
Dictionaries and encyclopedias
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).
• 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.
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.
Contains full text books in many subject areas.