Here are the top eight recommended article databases for apparel merchandising research. For further options, look at the Specialized Databases page. Articles may be published by scholarly journals, magazines, or newspapers. In addition to news and criticism, you can find trend reports and designer interviews in these databases.
Here are the top eight recommended article databases for architecture and interior design research. For further options, look at the Specialized Databases page. Articles may be published by scholarly journals, magazines, or newspapers. In addition to news and criticism, you can find trend reports and designer interviews in these databases.
Where to Search for Books
|Method||What's there||Why use it|
|IUCAT||Books, journals, maps, etc. already at IU (both physical copies and e-resources)||Covers most topics, materials often immediately available|
|Worldcat||Books, journals, maps, etc. that may or may not be at IU||Covers all topics, can find material regardless whether IU happens to own it|
|Interlibrary Loan||Use this service to order materials that are unavailable at IU (either because IU doesn't own it or it is checked out)||Use alongside Worldcat or when you don't find a book, journal, etc. in IUCAT|
|Google Books||Books and journals that Google has scanned from many Library collections. Many items are available only in preview or snippet view.||Ideal for journals and books in the public domain (usually published before 1923). Preview can help locate particularly useful sections.|
|Hathitrust||Scanned books and journals, often the same materials as Google Books||Navigation is often more cumbersome than Google Books, but locating specific journal issues is often easier|
What Expert Researchers Know
|Type of Book||How to Use These Books|
These titles document museum and gallery shows; are often the best source for high-quality images; and usually include artist biographies, curatorial essays, artist interviews and/or writings, and career chronologies. Use the term "Exhibitions" as part of your keyword or subject search in IUCAT.
To find contemporary artists featured in group exhibitions, search the Contemporary Artists Index, from the Cleveland Institute of Art.
|Monographs||These are books by or about artists published independent of any exhibition. Usually, these are in-depth writings that analyze or provide context for an artist and his/her work. Look for words like "Criticism and Interpretation" in the subject heading of a book. Search in IUCAT using "criticism" or "analysis" as keywords.|
Scholarly journals, including those that publish peer-reviewed articles, are a major source of scholarly communication about art and art history.
Use the checkbox in these databases to limit your search results to only scholarly articles or peer-reviewed articles.