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ART 141: Design Research (Church): Research Resources

ART 141

Barrada, Yto, Autocar--Tangier, Figs. 1-4. 2004. MOMA

Design Terms Research

Library and Museum Resources

USM Library Database Subscriptions

These databases provide access to articles from academic journals, magazines, and other periodical sources.

Library Catalogs

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.

Publicly Accessible Images from Museums and other Cultural Institutions

Museum websites often contain excellent background information and high-quality images of artworks.


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Carrie Bell-Hoerth
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Gorham Campus Library
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Assignment Refresher

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

How to take a screenshot

How to take a screenshot with a Chromebook: 

  1. Press Shift + Ctrl + Show windows
  2. In the menu at the bottom, select Screenshot 
  3. Select an option:
    • Take a full screen screenshot 
    • Take a partial screenshot 
    • Take a window screenshot 

How to take a screenshot on a Mac

  1. Press and hold these three keys together: Shift, Command, and 4.
  2. Drag the crosshair  to select the area of the screen to capture. To move the selection, press and hold Space bar while dragging. To cancel taking the screenshot, press the Esc (Escape) key.
  3. To take the screenshot, release your mouse or trackpad button. 
  4. If you see a thumbnail in the corner of your screen, click it to edit the screenshot. Or wait for the screenshot to save to your desktop.

How to take a screenshot in Windows:

  1. Open the Snip & Sketch program by using the keyboard shortcut Windows key + Shift + S.
  2. Use the crosshairs to select the area you want to capture.
  3. Click on the thumbnail that pops up to edit and save the screenshot