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DAH 306: History of Illustration: Databases

Course guide for the History of Illustration class

Top Database Recommendations

Academic articles often will not appear on websites searched by Google because they are stored in subscription-only databases that provide limited access. However, CCS subscribes to a number of databases that are useful to Illustration students.

For the complete list of CCS databases, click HERE.

Tips on Searching Databases

Databases work differently than Google. Here are some tips to help you get started searching in databases:

  • Use the terms AND, OR, NOT to combine different words for a more specified database search

Illustration AND Portraiture

Illustration OR Drawing

  • To search for a phrase, use parentheses around words

(American illustration)

(Feminist illustrator)

  • Use an asterisk to search for different endings of a root word


Searches: Illustration, Illustrator, Illustrating, Illustrate

  • Be creative

If you have trouble finding articles on your topic, try different vocabulary words

Sometimes scholars use different terminology to talk about the same concept

College for Creative Studies website