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Visual Communications Resources

Articles and Databases

Search databases to find articles in peer-reviewed journals, magazines, newspapers, reference sources, and other publications. Access from off campus with your FSC username and password.

ABI/Inform Global (ProQuest)
Academic Search Complete - Ebsco
Business Source Complete - Ebsco
Business Insights Essentials (Gale)
Hoovers  (Financials, Company overview, History, Competitors)
Newspaper Source Plus
New York Times Historical 1851-2008
New York Times 1980-present
Proquest - All Databases
Proquest Newspapers
Statista - Tool for researching quantitative data, statistics and related information.
The Wall Street Journal (Proquest)

Annual Series in the Library

   Graphis poster Annual

  • NC1800 .G7 (1974-2000)
    NC1800 .P67-2001-2004

   Graphis annual. International annual of advertising graphics

  • OVERSIZED NC997.A1 G75 (1959-1988)

   Graphis Design Annual

  • OVERSIZED NC997.A1 G75 (1988-2004)

   Graphis (magazine)

  • Periodicals Department (1944-2004)

   Photo annual : the international annual of photography

  • OVERSIZED TR690.A1 P48 (1983-2004)

   Art directors annual

  • NC998.5 .A1 A77 OR NC997 .A1 A69 (1979-2001)

   Illustrators Annual

  • NC975.A1 I5 (1960-2003)

   AIGA Graphic Design

  • OVERSIZED NC997.A12 OR NC 998.5.A1 A37 (1981-2002)


This list shows academic journals in the discipline of Visual Communications. Click on "Full-Text Access" under each title to discover how to access journals via databases and in print.


Search for Visual Communications textbooks by course number via this list of textbooks on reserve. Also search by title in the Library's catalog. Request textbooks at the Circulation Desk. Use these books for up to two hours in the Library. Call numbers are designated by course number, e.g. VIS 112

Print Books
Search for books in the Library's catalog. Also find print materials via the "Books and eBooks" tab on the Library website. Search by topic, title, author, etc.

  • Circulating Books: Located on the Lower Level. Check out up to 10 books for 2 weeks at a time with your FSC ID
  • Reference Books: Located on the First Floor. Must be used within the Library. Includes encyclopedias, handbooks, dictionaries, test prep books, etc.

Search for ebooks via the "Books and eBooks" tab on the Library website. Search by topic, title, author, etc. View materials as a PDF and access from off campus with your FSC username and password.


Below are selected websites which feature authoritative Visual Communications and Art related content.

Bibliography of the History of Art
BHA database available from the Getty Research Institute site.

Mother of All Art
Mother of All Art and Art History Links Page, at U Michigan.

NYPL Digital Gallery
Explore: Arts & Literature, Cities & Buildings, Culture & Society, History & Geography, Industry & Technology, Nature & Science, Printing & Graphics.

New York Center for Book Arts - http://www.centerforbookarts.org 

Timeline of art history -  http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/


Brooklyn Museum of Art http://www.brooklynmuseum.org/visit/ 

Guggenheim Museumhttp://www.guggenheim.org/?gclid=CLrL0JafprACFUITNAodYzZ8WQ

Louvre http://www.louvre.fr/en

Metropolitan Museum http://www.metmuseum.org/

MoMA http://www.moma.org/?gclid=CN6B4r6fprACFSkRNAodl3n4CQ

National Gallery of Art http://www.nga.gov/

AMICO- The Art Museum Image Consortium http://www.amico.org/home.html - Search through thumbnails of 10,000 works of art.

Art Museums Network http://www.artmuseumnetwork.com/

Museum of Arts & Design http://www.madmuseum.org/



Citing Sources

Visual Communications courses may use the Modern Language Association (MLA) citation and format style. See below for basic guidelines and examples of MLA citation style. See the “Citation Help” section for more details, examples, and sample MLA papers.



Why you need to cite sources:

  • Citing sources is the only way to use other people’s work without plagiarizing (i.e. if you are using any resource [journal article, book, website, report, interview, etc.], you NEED to give credit to the original source).
  • The readers of your work need citations to learn more about your ideas and where they came from.
  • Citing sources shows the amount of research you’ve done.
  • Citing sources strengthens your work by lending outside support to your ideas.

In-text citations give credit to sources in the body of your paper. Use in-text citations when paraphrasing, directly quoting, or using ideas from sources.

  • MLA citation style uses the author-page method for in-text citations: Author(s)’ last name and the page number(s) from which the quotation or paraphrase is taken must appear in the text.
  • Last names may appear either in the sentence itself or in parentheses following the quotation or paraphrase, but the page number(s) should always appear in the parentheses, not in the text of your sentence.

 Image of MLA in-text citations

The Works Cited page lists complete citations which correspond to in-text citations. The word or phrase you use in your in-text citations must be the first thing that appears on the left-hand margin of the corresponding entry in your Works Cited page.


  • Separate page labeled “Works Cited,” double-spaced, same margins, etc. as rest of paper.
  • Indent the second and subsequent lines of citations by 0.5 inches to create a hanging indent.

Author Names

  • Alphabetized by the last name of the first author of each work.
  • Authors' names are inverted (last name, first name; middle name/initial).
  • If a work has no known author, use a shortened version of the title.

Capitalization and Punctuation

  • Capitalize each word in the titles of articles, books, etc, but do not capitalize articles (the, an), prepositions, or conjunctions unless one is the first word of the title or subtitle, e.g. Gone with the Wind.
  • Use italics (instead of underlining) for titles of larger works (books, magazines) and quotation marks for titles of shorter works (poems, articles).

Examples of MLA Works Cited entries

Access NoodleTools

NoodleTools is a citation manager that can help you generate and format citations correctly.

  • Select the type of resource you are citing (article, book, website, etc.) and NoodleTools will prompt you to enter required information. A citation is then generated in your selected format (MLA).
  • NoodleTools requires an account, so every time you log in your citations will be saved for you.
  • When you are finished entering information, a reference list can be generated for you and exported to MS Word or Google Docs.

For more details and examples of MLA citation style, visit the following websites:

Also find books on MLA  citation style when you search the Library’s catalog by subject: Research -- Handbooks, manuals, etc.


American Institute of Graphic Arts http://www.aiga.org/

International Council of Graphic Design Associations http://www.icograda.org/

Graphic Artists Guild http://www.gag.org/  (Requires Mozilla or IE 10)


Research Help

Have a question? Librarians are available to assist you during all open hours.

Email: reference@farmingdale.edu
Phone: 631-420-2184