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Interior Architecture and Interior Design: Databases

Databases: Finding Information

It's important to use a wide range of resources when you are researching for your studio projects or essays.You may need to use journal articles, newspapers, film documentaries, and actual objects and artefacts too.

These databases may be useful for finding information for your research whether it's visual or text-based. On the right are a few which are especially good for art and design subjects, but there are more available from My UniHub.


Google Scholar Search

Google Scholar enables you to search for academic material on your specific subject.

Generic Databases

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BoB  National is a shared online off-air TV and radio recording service. BoB enables all staff and students to choose and record any broadcast programme from 60+ TV and radio channels from the last 30 days plus access to BBC TV and radio Archive going back to 2007.
Set up an account the first time you log in to access.


Summon enables you to search most library resources simultaneously.
Find articles, books, reports, DVDs, CDs and more.
Swift and simple access to quality academic resources!

Proquest UK

Proquest enables you to search a comprehensive range of UK newspapers for full-text
articles. Titles include The Guardian, The Independent, The Times, Telegraph,
the Sunday papers and tabloids too.

Professional data/image databases

An online trend forecasting and product design tool for the industrial design home and interiors markets across 16 product categories, including furniture, lighting, textiles.

An amazing library of over 40,000 online tutorials and documentaries, covering software such as Photoshop, Adobe, Microsoft Office, SketchUp & InDesign, plus expert advice on effective presentations, digital photography, blogs and much more.


Subject Databases


Art Full Text  

Historical and contemporary fine art, some applied arts and design.

Some material is available in full-text. Click on Ebsco Databases at the top of the list


Mainly 20th/21st century coverage of fine art including design.

Design & Applied
Arts Index

Covers all aspects of design, applied arts and crafts. There are links to some
full-text material.

Arts & Humanities
Citation Index

Scholarly coverage of arts and humanities subjects including some design.