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Do you have questions on this topic? Contact Sara MacDonald,, UArts Libraries Liaison to the UArts School of Design.

The first place to look when beginning research on a topic is in reference material: specialized dictionaries, encyclopedias or handbooks. These allow you to check names, dates and places, find additional information, look up unknown terms, and check for the proper spelling of words. They are particularly helpful for finding basic background information on a topic, and are often the only place many students may need to look to find answers to their questions. They may include bibliographies (lists of additional materials on a topic, usually considered by the author to be the best materials on that topic) that you can use to find other materials.

The A-Z of Modern Design.
Bernd Polster, Claudia Neumann, Markus Schuler, Frederick Leven. London: Merrell, 2006.
REF NK 1165 .A9 2009
"Each entry includes an informative profile, a biography or company history, and a product chronology, and is accompanied by colour photographs."--quoted from the front cover inside flap.
Contemporary Designers.
3rd ed. St. James Press, 1997. See also 1984 and 1990 edition.
REF NK 1390 .C655 1997
Look here first for contemporary designers. Biographical and bibliographical information on designers. Some designers submit artist's statements or design philosophies.
Universal Principles of Design: 100 Ways to Enhance Usability, Influence Perception, Increase Appeal, Make Better Design Decisions, and Teach through Design.
Lidwell, William. Rockport, 2003.
REF NK 1165 .L53 2003
What is meant by "form follows function"? What is face-ism? What is iteration and how does it relate to design? Find out here.
Encyclopedia of Smart Materials.
Edited by Mel Schwartz. NY: J. Wiley, c2002.
REF TA 418.9 .S62 E63 2002 v.1-2
"The Encyclopedia of Smart Materials (ESM) contains the writings, thoughts, and work of many of the world's foremost people ... . The authors discuss theory, fundamentals, fabrication, processing, application, applications and uses of these very special, and in some instances rare, materials."--Preface, page v.

Periodical Indexes: Finding Articles

Periodical indexes are research tools that allow you to search for articles in magazines, journals and newspapers.

You can always start with OneSearch on the library home page, or you can go to the library's Article Databases and Indexes page for a list of the UArts Libraries' subscription databases. Not sure which one to try? Contact Sara MacDonald, UArts Public Services Librarian. Design is a very broad area, and there are likely several databases that would be useful.

I've found articles I want to read. Now what?
There are different ways to find an article once you retrieve a citation in the index:

  • See if there is a link in the index you're using to a full-text article online and download it or e-mail it to yourself.

  • Click the FindIt@UArts icon to see if our library holds the journal title. FindIt@UArts will also tell you if the full-text article is available in a different database.

  • Use the interlibrary loan search tool, WorldCat, to request materials not owned by the UArts Libraries or to see what other libraries have the title you need.

Style Manuals: Citing Your Sources

When you find information on a topic, no matter what format it takes (book, journal, Web page), there are style manuals to show you the correct way to give cite those sources in a paper.

Searching the Web can be overwhelming. If you are using the Internet for research you want to choose sites that meet the standards of accuracy, currency and authority.

Design Management Institute (DMI)
"The Design Management Institute is a membership organization that connects design to business, to culture, to customers, and to the changing world."
Environmental Design Research Association
"The purpose of EDRA is the advancement and dissemination of environmental design research, thereby improving understanding of the interrelationships between people, their built and natural surroundings, and helping to create environments responsive to human needs."
Google Patents
"With Google Patents, you can now search the full text of the U.S. patent corpus and find patents that interest you. ‚All patents available through Google Patents come from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Questions? Contact Josh Roberts, UArts Digital Initiatives & Systems Librarian.
IDSA: Industrial Designers Society of America
The leading American professional organization for industrial design.
Material Connexion
An amazing materials database. Limited to current UArts students, faculty and staff.
Materials Research Society
"The Materials Research Society (MRS) is an organization of materials researchers from academia, industry, and government that promotes communication for the advancement of interdisciplinary materials research to improve the quality of life." MRS has partnered with NOVA on a series called Making Stuff. Watch it on PBS.
Materials Science Portal
From the National Institute of Standards and Technology, this is an extensive site that includes information and properties on many classes of materials, including ceramics, metals, polymers/plastics, and hybrid materials.
Product Development and Management Association
"The Product Development and Management Association (PDMA) is the premier global advocate for product development and management professionals. Our mission is to improve the effectiveness of individuals and organizations in product development and management."
U.S. Green Building Council
"The U.S. Green Building Council is the nation's foremost coalition of leaders from across the building industry working to promote buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to live and work." Extensive set of resources, including the Delaware Valley Green Building Council, the Philadelphia-area chapter.
Usability Professionals' Association: UXPA
"The User Experience Professionals Association (UXPA) supports people who research, design, and evaluate the user experience of products and services." Extensive set of resources plus a magazine.
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