Graphic Design & Fine Arts Resources

Graphic Design & Fine Arts specific databases

Communication & Mass Media Complete

This database combines the content of CommSearch and Mass Media Articles Index, two of the premier indexes for communications journals. This database can be searched in conjunction with Academic Search Premier and other databases by clicking "Choose Databases."

Humanities International Index

Humanities International Index provides citations and abstracts to articles, essays, reviews and other reference sources in the humanities. You can limit your search results to only full text items by checking the "Linked Full Text" box on the advanced search screen. All other articles can be requested through interlibrary loan. This database can be searched in conjunction with Academic Search Premier or other databases by clicking "Choose Databases."

Graphic Design & Fine Arts reference ebooks

The Grove Encyclopedia of American Art

With an extensive illustration program totaling over 700 images, 128 color plates, a topical outline, and a detailed bibliography accompanying each of the more than 2,300 entries, The Grove Encyclopedia of American Art will be of particular interest to students, researchers, and collectors specializing in American art as well as students and researchers in art history, American history, and cultural anthropology.

The Grove Encyclopedia of Islamic Art and Architecture

The most comprehensive reference work in this complex and diverse area of art history. Built on the acclaimed scholarship of the Grove Dictionary of Art, this work offers over 1,600 up-to-date entries on Islamic art and architecture ranging from the Middle East to Central and South Asia, Africa, and Europe and spans over a thousand years of history.

The Grove Encyclopedia of Northern Renaissance Art

Provides unparalleled scope and depth in a field that has inspired and informed Western art for centuries. Drawing on the unsurpassed scholarship on the Renaissance in Northern Europe in The Dictionary of Art, the Encyclopedia deals with all aspects of Northern Renaissance art ranging from artists, architecture, and patrons to the cities and centers of production vital to the flourishing of art in this period.

General/related databases

Academic Search Complete

This multidisciplinary database is a good place to start your research. For extra search capabilities, click "Choose Databases" and select more subject specific databases to simultaneously search.


Use WorldCat to find books about a research topic that are not available at Holy Spirit Library. Search by title or author if you are looking for something specific, or search by keyword or subject to find something new. Click "Borrow this item from another library" to request a book from another library.

Graphic Design & Fine Arts websites

The Atlas of Early Printing

This animated map shows the locations of universities, paper mills, trade routes and more from 1450-1500. Locations pre-dating 1450 can also be shown.

Center for Creative Photography Digital Collections

The Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona Libraries manages archives of the work of such photography greats as Ansel Adams, John Gutmann and Edward Weston. The images in these archives are searchable and browseable by artist or collection. Short biographies of many of the artists are also provided. Images can be viewed without an account, but registration is required to enlarge images or create bookmarks.

The Leonard Bernstein Collection

This collection of the Library of Congress’s holdings that relate to Leonard Bernstein includes correspondence, photographs, scripts from his famous Young People’s Concerts, music and literary manuscripts, fan mail and more. Audio and video recordings are also available.

NPR Music

This is the go-to page for all music related news and stories on NPR and includes music reviews, blogs, links to live concerts and other listening opportunities.


OperaGlass provides detailed information such as libretti, source texts, synopses, and performance histories of many operas. Operas are organized by composer.

Pre-Raphaelite Online Resource

This website provides access to the digitized collection of paintings, prints and drawings from the Pre-Raphaelite movement held at The Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery (UK). The images available online are searchable and browseable, and many include information about the piece as well as links to related works. Registration is not required but allows users to create personal collections and participate in discussions on the site.