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Graphic Art: Images in the Library & on the Web

Research resources for studying Graphic Art

Find Images in Library Databases

The databases on this page provide access to millions of images, including paintings, photographs, historical images, graphic art and much, much more.  See Getting Started with ARTstor for help with setting up an account, accessing the digital library, and more. For more detailed information, see the Instructor's Guide to Artstor.

Find Graphic Art & Design in Library Books

Below is a small sample of the library's collection of graphic art books that include extensive information on graphic design. Remember, this is just a sample, so if you don't see what you want here, search for it in the library catalog or ask a librarian for help!

Find Graphic Art & Design on the Web

There are a lot of great resources on the web, from museum sites to Wikimedia Commons, where you can find collections of images.  Hover your mouse over the links to find out what they contain. Have fun exploring!

Images from Wikimedia Commons

"Wikimedia Commons is a media file repository making available public domain and freely-licensed educational media content (images, sound and video clips) to everyone..Unlike traditional media repositories, Wikimedia Commons is free. Everyone is allowed to copy, use and modify any files here freely as long as they follow the terms specified by the author; this often means crediting the source and author(s) appropriately and releasing copies/improvements under the same freedom to others."

Below is Energy food: Milk for warmth. Poster for Cleveland Division of Health promoting milk, showing a woman wearing winter clothing holding a glass of milk, 1941. Source: Library of Congress

Milk for warmth, WPA poster, 1941