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Art: Books

This guide has been created to assist ECSU students, staff, and faculty in their work in the subject of Art.

When to use Books

When to use

Use a book for:

  • in-depth coverage of a subject  

  •  history and chronology    

  •  overview of a big topic    

  •  background information  

  •  bibliographies of additional sources. 

E-book Databases

You can directly search for e-books from the library catalog. However, you can also go to the specific library database in order to search an e-book. The Library offers access to nearly 200 thousand e-books in all academic disciplines including music. Books may be read online or downloaded for a short loan period to read offline. Here are the most well-known e-book databases that our library subscribes:



commercial artists, printmakers, illustrators, cartoonists, designers, type designers

logography, logos (symbols) -- design, logotypes (printing), signs and symbols, trademarks, letterheads, stationery, business cards, signs and signboards, advertising cards, postcards, t-shirts, shopping bags, packaging, calendars, calendar art, brand name products, menu design, matchcovers, paper, paper work (TT870), posters, bill posting, dance posters, film posters, political posters, poster stamps, sports posters, theatrical posters, travel posters, war posters, industrial design coordination

book design, magazine design, newspaper layout and typography, advertising layout and typography, newsletters

typesetting, type and type-founding, type designers, makeup (printing), layout (printing), printing -- style manuals, printing (Z244), editing, off-set printing, lithography, color printing, color, prints, lasers in the graphic arts
Corporate reports, letterhead logotype, magazine design, posters, signsand signboards, television graphics, trademarks

advertising, advertising photography, advertising fliers, ... in advertising (such as cats in advertising, color in advertising), sales promotion, symbolism in advertising, subliminal advertising, communication -- graphic methods (P93.5), communication in design, communication in art,communication in architectural design, visual perception, intercultural communication, business names, corporate image

illustration of books, technical illustration, picture books, drawing, brush drawing, engraving, painting,

clip art, computerized typesetting, computer graphics, computer animation, computer drawing, interactive multimedia, animation (cinematography), animatedfilms, computer drawing, computer fonts, computer art -- technique, imageprocessing, computer-aided design, desktop publishing, electronic publishing

web sites -- design (TK5105.888), web publishing, world wide web, web servers, internet programming, javascript (computer program language), html, multimedia systems


Retrieved from: Detterb eck, K. (2015). Graphic Design [libguide].

Try finding synonyms for your original search term(s).

ex:  production artist OR graphic designer OR creator

Put phrases in quotation marks.

ex: "mixed media"

Use AND and OR to narrow or broaden your search results.

ex: William Morris AND Private Press

Example searches:

  • printmaking OR engraving
  • "Girl with a Pearl Earring" AND Vermeer
  • gothic AND cathedral OR church

Call Number


BF 789

 Color--Psychological aspects

HF 5733


HF 5825

 Advertising layout and typography


 Artists--Legal status, laws, etc.--United States; Copyright


 Commercial art; Drawing; Graphic arts; Graphic arts--Technique; Graphic design (Typography); Illustration; Letterheads--Design; Logography; Logos (Symbols); Trademarks--Design

ND 1488-1495

 Color in art

NE 965.2

 Business cards--Design

NK 1548

 Color in design

NK 3600-3640

 Alphabets; Calligraphy; Lettering

QA 76.76

 HTML; Interactive multimedia

T 201-342


T 385

 Adobe Illustrator; Adobe Photoshop; Computer graphics

TK 5105

 Internet; Web sites--Design


 Color-printing; Graphic design (typography); Magazine design; Newspaper layout and typography; Printing; QuarkXPress; Type designers; Type and type-founding; Typography

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Interlibrary loan (ILL) is a borrowing service for ECSU students, faculty, and staff that supports scholarly research. Through this service you can request books, articles, and other materials that are not available at the ECSU Libraries.

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