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Design Innovation

Angie Applegate

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Academic and Learning Resources Librarian

This guide aims to provide you with information about the Library’s resources and services relevant to Design and Innovation

Use the tabs above to find information about:

  • print and electronic books (ebooks)
  • journals and journal articles
  • databases and websites
  • referencing

Before you start, remember to download the VPN from IT Services to gain seamless off-campus access to ebooks, ejournals, databases, email and print credits etc.

If this guide does not provide you with the information that you need then please contact your Academic and Learning Resources Librarian, Angie Applegate


The library stocks books in both print and electronic format, which you can find on the catalogue.

Printed books on the same subject are given the same shelfmark number, which is located on the spine of each book. The shelfmark number consists of numbers and letters. For example Critical reading and writing for postgraduates has the shelfmark 378.170281.  The ‘WAL’ stands for Wallace (the author).  Books with several editions should be located together.‌

 Useful shelfmarks for Design: 

Digital UX 004.21
Media Studies 302.23
Gender Studies        305.4
Race & Ethnicity Studies 305.8
Cultural Studies 306
Cultural Industries 338.47
Strategic Innovation 658.4063
Business Entrepreneurship 658.421
Innovation Management 658.575
Advertising and Branding 659
Architecture 720
Graphic Design 741.6
Design 745.2
Applied Design 745.4

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You can find the Library's electronic books (ebooks) on the catalogue. They will have a link to Get full text.

If you only want to search for ebooks on the catalogue then refine your search by selecting 'Ebook' located on the left hand side of the catalogue, under Format.  

Electronic books or ebooks can be viewed on any computer whether you are in the Library or working from home off campus.  You may be required to log in with your Athens username and password. More information about passwords can be found on our website.

Finding Journals & Journal Articles

Academic journals are simply academic magazines which are sometimes referred to as periodicals or serials.  Journals are written by and for experts in their chosen field. Journal articles help scholars and researchers to share their research with the academic community and are published on a regular basis, for example monthly or quarterly.  Only articles which have been reviewed by other experts or peers (peer-reviewed) make it into academic journals, unlike articles published in popular magazines or newspapers.

The library stocks some print magazines, but most journals are available online as electronic journals.

 Why use journals:

  • They provide useful information, research and discussions
  • Give different viewpoints from several authors
  • Information is current as journals are published quicker than books
  • They show the latest research on new or emerging subject areas


Key databases to find journal articles

You can find ejournal articles by searching the Library catalogue Plus. Subject databases also allow you to search several (sometimes hundreds) of ejournals simultaneously for articles or conference papers. Some useful ones for Design include:

Tip: Some of the abstract only databases will provide SFX links. When you see the SFX symbol    click on it and then select the   icon to access the full text where available. If articles are not available, please use interlibrary loan to gain access.

Ejournals can be viewed on any computer whether you are in the Library or working from home off campus.  Just remember to download the VPN for off-campus access.

Key databases


Art & Architecture Source

Full text journal articles covering topics including decorative and commercial art, architecture and architectural design. Also includes related ebooks and over 60,000 images.

Business Source Complete
Full text journal articles, plus non-journal content including financial data, books, major reference works, book digests, conference proceedings, case studies, investment research reports, industry reports, market research reports, country reports, company profiles, and SWOT analyses.
DAII: Design and Applied Arts Index

Index of journal articles covering topics including product design, industrial design, computer-aided design, Web design, computer-generated graphics, animation, graphic design, fashion, textiles, furniture, interior design,  architecture, garden design, and landscape architecture.

[Full text of journal articles may not be available, please use interlibrary loan to gain access to articles we don't subscribe to]

Design Society Publications

Papers from the conferences and journals of the Design Society.

FAME (Financial Analyis Made Easy) 
FAME contains financial data on companies plus a wide range of business intelligence  You can research individual companies, search for companies with specific profiles, and conduct detailed analysis.
GlobalData (Consumer)

Detailed profiling of more than 10,000 suppliers, manufacturers, distributors and retailers across the consumer value system, highlighting latest product performance, company news, financials and M&A activity, and product innovation.

Also contains data and insights on over 200 countries and more than 2000 cities worldwide.

Scholarly, government and general-interest sources covering the environmental effects of individuals, corporations and governments. Topics covered include global climate change, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling and more.
Market conditions, forecasts and industry analysis. Includes forecasts on the impact of Brexit on each industry.
Health and Safety Science Abstracts
Journal articles, government reports, conference proceedings, and books relating to public health, safety, and industrial hygiene. Includes aviation and aerospace safety, environmental safety, nuclear safety, medical safety, occupational safety, and ergonomics.
UK market research reports.
Nexis UK
News and business information, UK national and regional newspapers, international newspapers and newswires, professional and trade magazines company profiles and industry reports.
Database of global statistics, trend forecasts and business insights

 Media resources

BBC Motion Gallery
A variety of clips from the BBC's archive of moving images [For best results access this product via Google Chrome].  
BoB: Box of Broadcasts
TV and radio programmes from all , media archive, off-air recording.  
(Inclusive Design Research Centre)
Hosted by OCAD University, formerly the Ontario College of Art and Design.  A wealth of information on adaptive technology.
(Institute for Human Centered Design)
Universal Design Resources [websites, newsletters, journals].
A branch of the Inclusive Design Research Centre at OCAD University. Useful links to technology for accessibility.

Standards and Patents

British Standards

Contains over 94,000 internationally recognised standards to ensure products and processes are consistent and suitable.

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(European Patent Office) 
 Free access to over 100 million patent documents.
 International Standards - ISO
ISO creates documents that provide requirements, specifications, guidelines or characteristics that can be used consistently to ensure that materials, products, processes and services are fit for their purpose. ISO also publishes technical reports, technical specifications, and guides.


 Statistics and Data Repositories 

 EU regulations, directives and decisions - with a direct or indirect effect on EU member states.                                                                                                                          
 Eurostat is the statistical office of the European Union.  Its mission is to provide high quality statistics for Europe.
Office for National Statistics
 UK's largest independent producer of official statistics and the recognised national statistical institute of the UK.
UK Data Archive
The Archive provides the largest collection of digital data in the social sciences and humanities in the United Kingdom. 
UK Department of Health Statistics 
 UK statistics on a range of health and care subjects
UK Department for Transport Statistics 
 Statistical trends in British transport
UK Gov. Product Safety for Manufacturers 
 Technical and legal requirements for safety, design, packaging and insurance, to ensure products are safe and fit for purpose.

 Online tutorials

An online learning platform offering access to over 5000 skills video tutorials that can help you acquire software, technology, business and creative skills to achieve learning, personal and professional goals. Freely available to all Loughborough University staff and students from any desktop or mobile device. 
Service Design Tools 
Design activities in co-designing, testing and prototyping, envisioning, interacting and implementing.


Athens username and password may be required. Some databases may require login to the VPN  from off campus.


Design news sites


Design Week


Creative Review



Referencing & Citation

When you refer to another person’s work in your own essay, report or presentation etc, you will need to reference that work to avoid plagiarising it.  This allows the person reading your work to differentiate between your ideas and those of another person.  You should reference the work in two ways:

  • Citation, also called an in-text citation.  This accompanies the quote, extract, paraphrasing or illustration that you have used and provides the name of the author/creator, date and page numbers if relevant. For example:

‘Recent research (Baker and Gale, 2015, pp. 201-203) challenges previous theories…..’

  •  Bibliography, provides the details of all the sources which you have consulted during your research.  If you are referencing a printed book you will need to include the following details: author/editor; publication year; title; edition if not the first; place of publication; series and volume number where relevant. For example:

Baker, G.H., and Gale, F. (2015) Cloud computing. 2nd edn. London: Routledge.

An advice sheet on citing and referencing using the Harvard style can be found at this link.

An excellent guide to referencing is called ‘Cite them Right'.It gives you examples of how to reference various resources such as:


  • web pages with no authors or titles, etcebooks
  • lectures
  • blogs
  • wikis
  • social media such as Facebook or Twitter
  • computer games or programs
  • legal cases
  • packaging
  • podcasts, phonecasts, screencasts or vodcasts/vidcasts.


Reference management software

Reference management software can help you to keep track of all the references you have used in your reports, essays or final project. The library provides guidance on Mendeley.

There are other types of reference management tools available such as ColWiz and Zotero.  To help you choose which one is the best for you see the Bodleian Libraries’ comparison tool.