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Art, Design and Architecture Theory: Articles in Databases

An introduction to library resources and learning skills support for students studying histories and theories of art, design or architecture.

Developing a search strategy

To search databases effectively, you need to put together a search strategy:

  • Break up your essay topic into concepts or ideas
  • Think of different words (keywords) to express these concepts (synonyms)
  • Join the keywords using AND, OR

For example:

visual communication OR information design


cultural differences OR cultural stereotypes

You can learn more in this interactive online module. Approximate duration: 10 minutes:

Use Search or individual databases

You can search most databases at once using Search:


Or, for a more specific search, search one database at a time through Databases A-Z:

Watch this short video

Key databases