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Interior Design: Overview


This guide is designed to steer the Interior Design student to Library resources specific 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.

Related Guides:

Color Resources guide (click HERE).
Material Research guide (click HERE).
Material Collection guide (click HERE).

Room at Dawnridge by Tony Duquette

Types of Resources in the Library

Reference Sources (Encyclopedias, Dictionaries):

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


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


  • 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:

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