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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.

Key resources:

Databases: journal articles and conference papers

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

You can use your Athens username and password to access many of these databases from off-campus, or via the Remote Working Portal 

Art & Architecture Source
Fine art, decorative and commercial art, architecture and architectural design. Full-text journals, full-text books, and over 63,0000 images. 
Art Index Retrospective
Fine art, decorative art, textiles, fashion design, textiles, TV, film and photography, art history, graphic and commercial art, from 1929 to 1984..
Artbibliographies Modern 
Modern and contemporary arts dating from the late 19th century onwards, including photography.
Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals 
Architecture and design, archaeology, city planning, interior design, landscape architecture, and historic preservation.
Birkhauser Building Types Online 
Full text international contemporary architecture and buildings, case studies, drawings and photographs.
British Periodicals Collection 1 and 2
This collection of English literary periodicals and British periodicals in the creative arts include literature, philosophy, history, science, the fine arts and the social sciences, literature, music, art, drama, archaeology and architecture.
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.
CORE aggregates all open access research outputs from repositories and journals worldwide and makes them available to the public.
DAII: Design and Applied Arts Index 
From mid-19th century onwards,  includes ceramics, glass, jewellery, wood, metalsmithing, graphic design, fashion,   textiles, furniture, interior design, architecture, computer aided design, Web design, computer-generated graphics, animation, product design, industrial design, garden design, and landscape architecture.
DOAB: Directory of Open Access Books
All books listed in DOAB are freely accessible and free to read.  Please check the license if you want to re-use the contents of a book. Generally speaking, all books listed in DOAB are free to read and share for non-commercial use.
DOAJ: Directory of Open Access Journals
Search journal articles at the 'one stop shop' for users to Open Access Journals
 International Bibliography of Art
Scholarly literature on western art.
JSTOR Arts and Sciences 
JSTOR archival journal collections include more than two thousand journals in the humanities, social sciences, and science.
Nexis UK 
News and business information, UK national and regional newspapers, international newspapers and newswires, foreign language news sources, professional and trade magazines company profiles and industry reports.
Freely accessible academic books, mainly in the area of humanities and social sciences.
Science Direct 
Multi-disciplinary database of peer-reviewed scholarly literature. 
Market research and consumer data.
Web of Science 
Multi-disciplinary database covering the sciences, social sciences, the arts and humanities. 
Journal article and conference records on every imaginable subject in art, science, technology, medicine, engineering, business, law, finance.

Picture resources, 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].                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Be Global Fashion Network
Men’s fashion and suits. Designers, brands, wholesalers, retailers, agents, service providers, manufacturers and suppliers .
BFI Screenonline/ BFI Player/ BFI Mediatheques
BFI National Archives
BoB: box of broadcasts
TV and radio programmes, media archive, off-air recording.  
British Artists' Moving Image Database
This database provides information about several thousand works, including the date of making, first exhibition site (if known), the original format and a short synopsis. Search for artists and titles, as well as specific collections.
British Cartoon Archive (BCA)
Hosted by the University of Kent. Contains over 140,000 images.  You may use material from the BCA catalogue for research and teaching purposes, if you give suitable credit
British Library Sounds
Unique sound recordings from all over the world.
Color Marketing Group
Free registration. A not-for-profit, international association of colour design professionals. Colour trends and forecasts.
Design Seeds
Colour trends. Explore by colour or collection. Clickable swatch available to explore Design Seeds palettes by colour.
Over 50 million digitised items:  books, music, artworks. 
Free online access to thousands of items of audio-visual heritage including social, cultural, political and economic events of the 20th and 21st centuries.
Luna Commons
Digitised images from museums, libraries and archives. 
Media History Digital Library and Lantern
Digitised historic books and magazines about film, broadcasting, and recorded sound for broad public access.Lantern is the search platform for the film and sound collections of the Media History Digital Library 1923-1963
Free registration. Trends in fashion and colour.
National Gallery
National collection of paintings in the Western European tradition from the 13th to the 19th centuries. 
Open Access for Scholarly content (OASC) The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Images of items covering over 5,000 years of art from around the world. 
Colour Intelligence: Fashion colour trend reports
Pattern Curator
Fashion and colour trend mood boards.
Picture Post
The complete archive of 'Picture Post' from 1938 to 1957.
Shared Shelf Commons
Images from libraries, archives, and museums around the world. 
Tate Modern
British art from the 16th century to the present day. 
Free image search – 20 million Creative Commons images on Flickr - searchable by colour
Free trend forecast reports on seasonal fashion and lifestyle colour.
Television and Radio Index for Learning and Teaching
Educational resource for avant-garde material available on the internet. 
High quality imagery reflecting the V&A Collections.
Based in New York.  Video art and experimental films
Visual Arts Data Service (VADS)
A series of learning and teaching resources based around the VADS image collections, written by subject specialist authors and lecturers. 
Wellcome Trust Image Collection
Thousands of  Creative Commons licensed images from historical library materials and museum objects to contemporary digital  photograph.


EthOS British Library
The UK’s national thesis service. Free access to the full text of as many theses as possible for use by all researchers to further their own research.                                                                                                            
DART-Europe is a partnership of research libraries giving global access to European research theses. 
Loughborough University Institutional Repository
Loughborough University Institutional Repository contains around 25,000 full-text items and includes journal papers, book chapters, conference papers, theses and audiovisual material.
Open Access Theses and Dissertations
Open access graduate theses and dissertations published around the world.
Full text open access US dissertations and theses free of charge

Art information and online tutorials

   Internet for Art and Design                                                                         
A free online tutorial to help university students develop their internet research skills.
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. Follow this link to the play list for Art



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: