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Subject Librarian: Marlys McGuire

This subject covers: the theory, and practice of design as applied to the interior environment, including history, aesthetics, energy consumption, and functional, health, and safety issues. Other related topics are: Architecture, Art & Art History, Clothing and Textiles, Design (general aspects), and Design, Graphic.

Article Databases and Indexes

Academic or Scholarly Articles Subject Indexes

Index and abstracts of articles from periodical articles, books, exhibition catalogs, and index entries for dissertations. Covers all aspects of late 19th and 20th century art, including decorative and applied art, with particular reference to photography and three-dimensional design.

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Recognized as one of the world's leading databases of the architectural literature. Indexes more than 1,000 western language periodicals published worldwide on architecture, archaeology, decorative arts, environmental studies, furniture, historic preservation, landscape architecture, urban planning/city planning, interior design, and historic preservation.

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DAAI is an international index to design and craft journals. It contains annotated references from more than 450 design and craft journals, and data on nearly 50,000 designers, craftspeople, studios, workshops, firms etc. All areas of design and craft are covered, including industrial design, interior design, environmental design, computer aided design, furniture design, ceramics, glass, fashion design, textile design, graphic design, typography, multimedia design, book design, photography, advertising, theatre design, ergonomics, and design management.

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InformeDesign ( is a research and communication tool for designers of the built environment, such as interior designers, architects, landscape architects, and graphic designers. It contains a database of Research Summaries about design and human behavior research, accessible through either a full-text search or by using the topics listed within the three main categories, Space, Issues, or Occupants. Researchers at the University of Minnesota transform findings from refereed journal articles into research-based design criteria in user-friendly language. spacer spacer Evidence-Based Design is here!

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A comprehensive survey of current publications in the fields of visual and applied arts. This collection includes the specialist indexes ARTbibliographies Modern (covering modern and contemporary art), Design and Applied Arts Index (for all aspects of design and crafts) and the International Bibliography of Art (covering scholarship on Western art history), together with a complementary collection of current full-text journals, Arts and Humanities Full Text.

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General Indexes to Magazine, Journal & Newspaper Articles

The world's largest academic multi-disciplinary database. Includes full text access to over 4,000 scholarly (peer-reviewed) publications back to 1975. A great place to start your research on any topic. Find search tips on their help page.

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This resource is licensed by the MINITEX Library Information Network with state appropriations from the Minnesota Higher Education Services Office (MHESO) and the Minnesota Department of Education.
MasterFILE Premier provides full text for more than 2,000 general magazines covering a broad range of disciplines. It includes Magill Book Reviews, reference and travel books, biographies, full text primary source documents, American Heritage Dictionary and an Image Collection of 107,135 photos, maps and flags.

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Catalogs and Bibliographies


Search with the Library Catalog to find books, journals, etc. owned by the library. Search by keyword, subject, title, or author for materials on your topic.

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General Reference Sources



Provides description and analysis of a range of subject and individuals related to the history of interiors.

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History of Interior Design and Furniture: From Ancient Egypt to Nineteenth-Century Europe

Egypt c. 3200-341 BC, Greece 500-30 BC, Rome 509 BC- 476 AD. Middle Ages 1150-1550, Italian Renaissance 1460-1600, French Renaissance 1450-1600, English Renaissance 1500-1660, Italian Baroque 1600-1700, French Baroque 1600-1715, English Baroque 1660-1702, French Rococo 1700-1760, Early Georgian, England 1715-1760, Early French Neoclassic 1760-1789, Early English Neoclassic 1770-1810, Late French Neoclassic 1789-1820, Late English Neoclassic 1810-1830, Nineteenth-Century French Revival Styles 1815-1870, Nineteenth-Century English Revival Styles 1830-1901.

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Thames and Hudson Encyclopaedia of 20th Century Design and Designers

General Reference Works

Building Codes for Beginners : A Guide for Interior Designer's
Writing for Design Professionals: a Guide to Writing Successful Proposals, Letters, Brochures, Portfolios, Reports, Presentations, and Job Applications.

Handbooks and Manuals

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