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21:085:497 Graphic Design Senior Studio Seminar I

A set of bibliographic resources for students in Chantal Fischzang's Graphic Design Senior Studio

Welcome to Graphic Design Senior Studio

Dear Students:

I hope the material in this guide helps you with your coursework for Professor Fischzang's Senior Studio Seminar course.  This page contains information about research resources related to Graphic Design. Other pages include basic information about using the Rutgers University Libraries as well as suggested sources and examples of search terms to start you on your journey.

You will need to connect to the library's resources from off campus. There is a LibGuide that will help you get started using Rutgers Library Resources.

If you live too far away from any of the Rutgers Libraries to pick up a book you want, you can order it through your local library via Interlibrary Loan. Be aware that this process may take a long time, so plan your research projects in advance to allow for delays in delivery.  

Print Journals for Graphic Design

Journals and Trade Magazines for Graphic Design

You must be logged in to the library's web site in order to access these databases.

Novum : das Forum für Kommunikations-Design (Print Only)
English title: Novum : World of graphic design
This trade journal has issues from 1997 to 2005. The bound journals are in the basement of the Dana Library; You may photocopy or scan articles for your own use in the Copy Room behind the security desk. If you need an article from a year that Dana Library does not own, you may use Interlibrary Loan.

Graphic Design USA(Annual of the American Institute of Graphic Arts)
The Dana Library has print copies of this periodical from 1987-1995 and 1997-2000. The bound journals are in the basement of the Dana Library; You may photocopy or scan articles for your own use in the Copy Room behind the security desk. The Douglass Laurie Library has the year 1996, and articles from this issue may be requested through an Article Delivery Request via ILLIad. You must order articles from any  years not listed here via Interlibrary Loan.

Books on Graphic Design at the Dana Library

Reference Resources

Electronic Resources for Art and Design

Electronic Journals

Arts and Design Studies
Arts and Design Studies is a peer reviewed journal published by IISTE. The journal publishes original papers at the forefront of arts and design research. The journal, begun in 2011,  is published in both printed and online versions. The online version is free access and download. Issues of the journal are available from 2011 to the present.

Design Quarterly
Originally printed as Every Day Art Quarterly by the Walker Museum, Design Quarterly published articles on the impact that designers made in the world of art and beyond. Rutgers has access to the full run of the journal from 1954-1996 in JSTOR.

Design Issues
Design Issues is a peer-reviewed academic journal covering design history, theory, and criticism. The journal typically includes theoretical and critical articles, book reviews, and illustrations. Design Issues was established in 1984 and is published online and in hard copy by MIT Press. (Wikipedia) Rutgers has access to issues from 1984 to the present in a number of databases.  There is a 1 year embargo, which means that articles from the most recent 12 months are not yet available. You can order embargoed articles via Interlibrary Loan.

This journal concentrates on the professional aspects of architecture, interior, landscape, furniture, product design, materials, and technology. Form has been published since 1994. Rutgers has access to issues from 2008 to the present.  You can order articles from earlier years of publication via Interlibrary Loan.

This trade magazine for graphic and print industries has issues available electronically from 1995 to the present. If you need articles from issues of the magazine printed before 1995, you may order them via Interlibrary Loan.

Finding Articles


The following sources can be used to access bibliographic information on books and journal articles in art.  The sources listed here include both sources specific to art (such as Art Source); and sources that cover a broader subject area of which art is a part (such as Academic Search Premiere or Humanities Source)

Electronic Indexes and Abstracts -- Rutgers Restricted Access

ARTbibliographies Modern
ARTbibliographies Modern (ABM) provides citations and abstracts of journal articles, books, essays, exhibition catalogs, PhD dissertations, and exhibition reviews on all forms of modern and contemporary art, with more than 13,000 new entries being added each year.

Art and Architecture ePortal
A&AePortal is a collection of over 250 art, architecture, design, and photography e-books and over 32,000 images of art objects. The e-books are major works in the history of art, architecture, decorative arts, photography, and design. The images are from libraries and museums from around the world. Each image is linked to the book chapters in which it appears. Each book includes a list of illustrations. Each illustration is linked to detailed information about that the illustrated object, such as creator name, style, subject, date, dimensions, materials, and location.

Art Index Retrospective (1929-1984)
Art Index Retrospective contains the so-called 'back file' of the print Art Index from the first volume, 1929, through 1984. The index is citation based, and the information indexed is largely limited to the fields of art history, architectural history, and the visual arts. Because the index stretches back to the first quarter of the twentieth century, it contains citations for primary source material on a variety of art historical movements in the field of modernism.

ARTstor is a digital image library of approximately 700,000 images in the areas of art, architecture, the humanities, and social sciences with a set of tools to view, present, and manage images for research and pedagogical purposes.

Academic Search Premier (Ebsco)
A multi-discipline, full-text database of 3,200 scholarly publications as well as abstracts and indexing for over 4,170 scholarly journals with some dating back to 1984. A valuable and large collection of peer-reviewed full text journals for nearly all academic areas of study.

Bibliography of the History of Art (BHA) and Répertoire de la Litterature de l'Art (RILA)
Bibliography of the History of Art (BHA) and Répertoire de la Litterature de l'Art (RILA) provides a comprehensive bibliography of scholarly writing about the history of Western art from late antiquity to the present. Broad in scope, BHA and RILA encompasses fine arts-painting, sculpture, drawing, prints, and architecture-as well as decorative and applied arts-crafts, graphic arts, folk, and popular art.

A database featuring back runs of key journals.  JSTOR has agreed with publishers to set up a "moving wall" so that the most recently published issue of any current journal will not appear in JSTOR until 2-5 years after the publishing date. The Rutgers subscription to JSTOR provides access to 23 philosophy journals, including Journal of Philosophy, Mind, Philosophical Quarterly, and Philosophical Review. JSTOR features full-text searching of key words and phrases.

Electronic Encyclopedias & Databases

Contemporary Fashion [Rutgers Restricted]
"A reference book covering individual designers and fashion houses that have been active throughout the 20th and 21st centuries." 2nd edition. A freely accessible version is also available.

Oxford (Grove) Art Online [Rutgers Restricted]
Browse alphabetically or search for articles on all aspects of art, including biographies of artists. Includes The Oxford Companion to Western Art, the Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, and The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms. Most entries include bibliographies and links to related articles.


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