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Art, Graphic and Animation Design: Start Here

Help for your research in art and graphic and animation design.
Art focuses on the expression and application of human creation. This guide will help you find books, articles, images and other resources for your art, graphic design and or animation topic. Please ask if you need help finding resources!

Where do I start?

Begin your search with these databases.  For a complete list, see Art, Graphic and Animation Design Databases.

Search Tips

  • Narrow your search by adding a country, group, or movement:  "photography and United States" or "painting and fauvism".
  • Add a keyword like criticism if you are looking for a particular type of article.
  • For historical research, you may need to use keywords that are outdated or distasteful to contemporary researchers. For example, searching for "African American and art" in some newspaper databases may not turn up much material, but searching for "Negro and art" will, simply because of the language that is used in the article.

Browse for Books

In the Library, if you want to browse, here are some shelf ranges that might be appropriate. If you need help, ask us!

Class N – Fine Arts

  • Subclass N –   Visual arts
  • Subclass NB – Sculpture
  • Subclass NC – Drawing. Design. Illustration. Graphic Design.
  • Subclass ND – Painting
  • Subclass NE – Print media
  • Subclass NX – Arts in general

Class T - Technology

  • Subclass TR – Photography and Animation


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