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Interior Design: Overview


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

Related Guides:

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

Image from Muralla Roja by Tekla Evelina Severina, 2016-2017

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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