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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

Art Full Text, produced by The HW Wilson Company, is a bibliographic database that indexes and abstracts articles from periodicals published throughout the world. There is full-text coverage for selected periodicals. Coverage includes English-language periodicals, yearbooks, and museum bulletins, as well as periodicals published in French, Italian, German, Japanese, Spanish, Dutch, and Swedish. In addition to articles, Art Full Text indexes reproductions of works of art that appear in indexed periodicals. Indexing coverage begins 1984; abstracting coverage begins with January 1994. The abstracts range from 50 to 300 words and describe the content and scope of the source articles. Full-text coverage begins in 1997.

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.

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.

The Libraries' subscription to this resource allows for 10 users at any one time. If you get a busy signal, please wait a few minutes and try accessing the site again.

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.

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!

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.

LexisNexis Academic is a full text databases of business, legal, news, magazines, and wire services. It includes sources for accounting, environmental studies, health and medical care, government and politics, people, and consumer information. Legal publications include law journals, federal and state statutes, codes, cases, agency rules & regulations, patents and legal reference materials.

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.

Catalogs and Bibliographies


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

General Reference Sources


Fairchild Dictionary of Interior Design



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

History of Interior Design

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.

Thames and Hudson Encyclopaedia of 20th Century Design and Designers

General Reference Works

Building Codes for Beginners : A Guide for Interior Designer's

Codes Guidebook for Interiors. 2nd edition

Interior Design Visual Presentation : a Guide to Graphics, Models, and Presentation Techniques

Writing for Design Professionals: a Guide to Writing Successful Proposals, Letters, Brochures, Portfolios, Reports, Presentations, and Job Applications.

Handbooks and Manuals

Becoming an Interior Designer : A Guide to Careers in Design.

Interior Decorators Handbook


Interior Design Handbook of Professional Practice.

Professional Practice for Interior Designers. 4th ed.

This essential sourcebook provides all of the information needed to establish and manage a productive, profitable interior design firm. Filled with savvy business and career advice, Professional Practice for Interior Designers, Third Edition delivers updated and expanded coverage of the full range of legal, financial, management, marketing, administrative, and ethical issues faced by sole practitioners, firm principals, and managers. This comprehensive reference lays out clear, practical guidelines on how to structure a contract and prevent legal problems; work with other esigners, allied professionals, clients, and vendors; and calculate fees that are both fair and profitable.

Style Manuals and Writing Guides

Bibliography Software

RefWorks is a web-based citation manager that allows you to create your own databases of citations by importing references from MNCAT and other databases, and then in seconds automatically generate bibliographies in all major styles (MLA, APA, Turabian, Chicago, etc.).

Library Information

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