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.
Academic Search Complete
Articles from peer-reviewed journals, newspapers, and magazines useful for many subjects. A great place to get started with research.
Financials, Company overview, History, Competitors
List of Visual Arts journals. Click on "Full-Text Access" under each title to discover how to access journals via databases and in print.
Graphis Poster Annual
NC1800 .G7 (1974-2000)
Graphis annual. International annual of advertising graphics
OVERSIZED NC997.A1 G75 (1959-1988)
Graphis Design Annual
OVERSIZED NC997.A1 G75 (1988-2004)
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)
NC975.A1 I5 (1960-2003)
AIGA Graphic Design
OVERSIZED NC997.A12 OR NC 998.5.A1 A37 (1981-2002)
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- Circulating Books: Located on the Lower Level. Check out up to 10 books for 2 weeks at a time with your FSC ID
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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
Timeline of art history
Brooklyn Museum of Art
National Gallery of Art
AMICO: The Art Museum Image Consortium
Search through thumbnails of 10,000 works of art.
Art Museums Network
Museum of Arts & Design
See below for basic guidelines and examples of APA citation style. See the “Citation Help” section for more details, examples, and sample APA 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.
- APA citation style uses the author-date method for in-text citations: Author(s)’ last name and the year of publication for the source should appear in parentheses in the text.
- Names may appear either in the sentence itself or in parentheses following the quotation or paraphrase, but the date should always appear in the parentheses, not in the text of your sentence.
Include page numbers if you are directly quoting the material.
Citations in the Reference List must 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 the Reference List.
- Separate page labeled “References,” double-spaced, same margins as rest of paper.
- Indent the second and subsequent lines of citations by 0.5 inches to create a hanging indent.
- Alphabetized by the last name of the first author of each work.
- Authors' names are inverted (last name, first initial)
- List all authors of a particular work for up to and including seven authors. If the work has more than seven authors, list the first six authors and then use ellipses (...) after the sixth author's name. After the ellipses, list the last author's name of the work.
Capitalization and Punctuation
- Capitalize only the first word of a title and subtitle and proper nouns (books, chapters, articles, web pages)
- Italicize titles of longer works such as books and journals.
- Do not italicize, underline, or put quotes around the titles of shorter works such as journal articles or essays in edited collections.
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 (APA).
- 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 APA citation style, visit the following websites:
- Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL)
- American Psychological Association (APA): The Basics of APA Style tutorial
- The Writer’s Handbook: APA Documentation Guide (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
- Plagiarism.org: How Do I Cite Sources?
Also find books on APA citation style when you search the Library’s catalog by subject: Psychology -- Authorship -- Style manuals