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Interior Design: Overview

Welcome

This guide is designed to steer the Interior Design student to Library resources that pertain more specifically to their concentrations. If you are conducting research for a course outside of your department (e.g. Liberal Arts), a different guide may be appropriate. The Library staff is also committed to helping you personally.



Plan for Gropius House by Walter Gropius, 1938
 

Types of Resources in the Libraries

Reference Sources (Encyclopedias, Dictionaries):

  • Basic overview of subject 
  • Quick lookup of factual information
  • Recommendations for more in-depth information  

Books

  • Print or electronic
  • In-depth research 
  • Analysis of an issue's context
  • Historical information  

Articles:

  • Print periodicals or article databases
  • Narrowly focused analysis
  • Detailed findings from individual studies
  • Current information and trends 

Images and Videos:

  • Visual learning option
  • Technology instruction
  • Curated image collections give access to high quality images for research

Material Samples:

  • Available at the CML
  • Tactile interaction with textiles, metals, plastics, wood, glass, tiles, paper
  • Color swatches from many companies and color systems 
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