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Barbara Whetnall

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Academic Librarian

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

Use the tabs above to find information about:

  • Print and electronic books [e-books]
  • Journals and journals articles
  • Referencing

Useful tip: before you start using the Library resources on your own computer, laptop or tablet etc. download the Cisco AnyConnect VPN client  from IT Services – versions are available for both Mac and Windows.

This gives seamless off-campus access to e-books, e-journals, databases, e-mail and print credits etc.

If you need further assistance, please contact the Library at or your Academic Librarian.


Books are available in the Library in both print and electronic format [e-books].  The Library Catalogue will help you locate the shelf-marks for printed books, and give links to e-books.

E-books can be viewed on any computer, both in the Library and off-campus. 

Just remember to download the VPN for off-campus access.

Books on the same subject are often kept together at the same shelf-mark.    You can find shelf-marks both on the spine of the books, and on the end of the shelves. 

For example: Sharon Kearley ‘s books  Woven textiles: a designer's guide has the shelf-mark 746.14/KEA.  The 746.14 is the number for woven textiles, and the KEA stands for Kearley.

Some books have an additional letter at the beginning of the shelfmark. These are P for pamphlets, R for Reference and Z for Oversize. All three of these types of books are shelved separately from the main collection. 

Books with several editions should be located together. Most of the books on art and design are located on Level 2, but some books on printing and typography are located on Level 1.

Journals are also called periodicals and serials.  Some journals are academic, some are trade journals and some are popular or general interest.

Most of the journals in the Library are available through searching the Library Catalogue or by searching the databases.

Newspapers are also available online – including both historical newspapers and today’s news.

Useful tip: some databases and e-resources require your Athens username and password.  This is available on Learn.  Log-in to Learn and click on the student resources tab to find your Athens username and password.  

Key resources:

Look for the links to online articles.  Some have the  PDF  symbol , ‌ SFX or   - these all link to electronic articles.


Why use journal articles in your essay?

  • They provide useful information, research and discussions
  • They give different viewpoints from several authors
  • The information is current – journals are published quicker than books
  • They contain the latest research on new or emerging subjects


Useful tip: E-journals can be viewed on any computer, both in the Library and off-campus. Just remember to download the VPN for off-campus access

When you refer to other people’s work, or quote or paraphrase other people’s work, in projects and essays, you need to reference their work to avoid plagiarism.

Whoever is reading your work, and marking your work, can differentiate between your own ideas and those of other people. 

The School of Arts uses the Harvard referencing style for citing and referencing and a style guide is available to download from this link.

Harvard referencing guide


If you use a quote in your essay, or paraphrase someone else’s work, you add the name of the author, the year and the pages in round brackets ( ) after your quote or reference.

For example:

“Finishing techniques are incredibly important in weave” (Kearley, 2014, p. 66)…..


The bibliography or reference list provides is a list of the books, journal articles, websites etc. which you have used in your research.

You need to provide details of the author, title, place of publication.

For example:

Kearley, S.(2014)  Woven textiles: a designer's guide. Marlborough, Wiltshire: The Crowood Press.

A referencing guide is available in your module handbook.

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 the following type: