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ART 351: History of Graphic Design: Reference Sources

Being smart about reference sources

Reference sources should be where you begin your research. 

When searching for information in reference books, keep in mind: 

  • Reference sources deal in big topics-- so try and figure out how your smaller project topic could be situated within a larger context. Search for the larger context issue. 
  • There are almost always useful books, articles, and websites cited at the end of reference source entries. 
  • Keep track of the "see also" subjects suggested in the reference source-- see it, also, and use those terms in your web and library searches.

Electronic Reference Databases

Good places to start.  Get an overview of your topic.

Timelines (aka Chronologies)