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Databases are specialist tools which you can use to find academic resources such as journal articles, conference proceedings and other materials. We recommend you start with the five listed below, but the full list can also be accessed here.

For help with searching for resources, use the video links below and the Search Skills page in this guide.

Image databases are listed on the Using Images page.

Art Full Text

Art Full Text is an art research database providing full-text art journals and books.EBSCOHost tutorial (video) »

Arts and Humanities Database

Hundreds of journal titles covering art, design, crafts, photography, architecture and interior design.Proquest (video tutorial) »

Bloomsbury Applied Visual Arts

Combines visual inspiration with practical advice on everything from idea generation and research techniques to portfolio development.Database overview (video) »

Design and Applied Arts Index

The leading source of abstracts and bibliographic records for articles, news items, and reviews published in design and applied arts periodicals from 1973 onwards.Proquest (video tutorial) »

International Bibliography of Art

Contains detailed coverage of monographs, essays, conference proceedings and exhibition catalogues.Proquest (video tutorial) »

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Books and ebooks

The easiest way to search for books held in the library is to use the library catalogue. You can search by author, title or keyword. You can also use the library catalogue to place reservations on books.

The majority of books relating to the History of Art and Design courses can be found on the top floor (Level 3) of Aldrich Library. Additional collections on artm design and fashion, including a special collection, are located at St Peter's House Library on the City Centre Campus.

Selected Journals

We have a range of current & historical journals (academic magazines) to support your studies in the history of art, fashion, design and museum studies. We've highlighted some key titles from the collection, but there are many more. Not all of them are online.

To search for a journal by title, please use the Online Journal Finder.


Artforum International

Access journal online

Art History

Access journal online
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Journal of Design History

Access journal online

Box of Broadcasts

search over 2 million programmes from 75 channels

Box of Broadcasts

Watch and record freeview TV and radio. Create clips or make your own playlist using the huge archive of tv and radio shows dating back to the 1970s.

BoB also includes a collection of curated playlists made by UK university lecturers on themes such as feminist film, philosophy, and law, race and decolonisation.

Go to Box of Broadcasts (BoB)

Selected Books