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Design Terms Research
Oxford English Dictionary This link opens in a new window
The Oxford English Dictionary is the accepted authority on the evolution of the English language over the last millennium. It is an unsurpassed guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of over half a million words, both present and past.
Oxford Reference Online This link opens in a new window
Provides access to over 125 dictionaries and encyclopedias, including The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists, The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms, The Oxford Dictionary of Art, A Dictionary of Modern and Contemporary Art, A Dictionary of Modern Design, Dictionary Plus Art and Architecture, The Oxford Companion to the Photograph, The Oxford Dictionary of American Art and Artists, The Oxford Dictionary of Architecture, and The Oxford Companion to Western Art
Library and Museum Resources
USM Library Database Subscriptions
These databases provide access to articles from academic journals, magazines, and other periodical sources.
Art Full Text This link opens in a new window
Covers art, architecture, archaeology, crafts, design, museology, photography, television and textiles, in addition to all aspects of art including graphic, folk, and decorative, from periodicals published throughout the world. Also indexes reproductions of works of art that appear in indexed periodicals.
Art Index Retrospective This link opens in a new window
Covers older journals (1929-1984) in the subjects of architecture, archaeology, crafts, design, museology, photography, television and textiles, in addition to all aspects of art including graphic, folk, and decorative. Also indexes reproductions of works of art that appear in the indexed periodicals.
JSTOR This link opens in a new window
Covers scholarly journals in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. Coverage generally begins with the first issue running to within 3 years of present
Project MUSE This link opens in a new window
Covers the fields of literature and criticism, history, the visual and performing arts, cultural studies, education, political science, gender studies, economics, and others.
Library catalogs provide information about books that you can access, including art books with high quality images and research information.
Books on the Arts are located in the N call number range on Library shelves. In Glickman Library this is on the 5th floor and in Gorham its on the 2nd floor. Just ask at a Research Help Desk or Circulation Desk for help.
URSUS Library Catalog
URSUS is the book catalog for the University of Maine System Libraries, the Bangor Public Library, Maine State Library, Maine State Archives, and Maine State Law & Legislative Reference Library. Online access is provided within records to online sources, such as e-books and streaming videos. Free delivery between URSUS-participating libraries is provided
MaineCat This link opens in a new window
Statewide book catalog that includes Colby, Bates, Bowdoin, UNE, Husson and many other libraries in Maine. Always search URSUS first; request a book from MaineCat with your USM library barcode number only if there is no available copy in URSUS.
Publicly Accessible Images from Museums and other Cultural Institutions
Museum websites often contain excellent background information and high-quality images of artworks.
Artstor Public Collections
1.3 million freely accessible images, videos, documents, and audio files from library special collections, faculty research, and institutional history materials, as well as hundreds of thousands of open access images from partner museums. Anyone may view and download these collections; no subscription or login required.
National Gallery of Art: the collection This link opens in a new window
National Gallery of Art provides searching of the National Gallery of Art collections by artist, title, or a combination of criteria. Contains a list of paintings, sculpture, decorative arts, and works on paper that are grouped by school.
Research your three assigned design terms to understand and explain what the terms are and how they relate to art and design. You'll outline your findings and find one or more images that demonstrate your term.
This guide is set up to help you
- Research your terms using reliable websites and library databases
- Find images that demonstrate your terms from reliable websites and library databases
- Understand how to format MLA style citations for the text-based and image sources you find
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