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eResources for art research

Add academic value to your assignments by searching the following resources to locate research and other useful material on artists, modelling, character design, storytelling, iconography, art history, pre and post-production, developing style, game environments and significance. Research articles and conference papers can give weight to your arguments whether you agree or disagree with the point of view of the author.

  • Most will provide an abstract for the article to summarise what it is about - read this to see if you want to access the full text. 
  • You will get the full text online for most results. If the full text is not available, please click on Find It @ Tees where you see it as this will check for access elsewhere.

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Need help searching - contact your Art & Creative Industries Librarians. Details on the Home page

Please note that all resources are provided for educational use only.

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Newspapers can be really useful primary sources for both up-to-date and historical research. They reflect the time period, the society and the culture in which they were published.

PressReader has over 7000 newspapers and magazines. Relevant titles for Fine Art and Photography include:

Cover image for Art Press
International Artist London Magazine Art Press
Digital Camera World Practical Photography Digital Photographer

How to find journal articles

Do you want to find journal articles on a topic or look for a specific article?

Use Discovery - input your topic or the details of a journal article to search across most of the Library's resources


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If you have a journal title use Journal Finder to check if the Library has access to full text.

Journal Finder

If you know the name of a Journal, enter the title here to check if it's available in the Library



To link through to a complete list of e-journals: A-Z list

What are journals?

They are:Journals

  • like magazines but of a scholarly nature
  • published at regular intervals with no predetermined end
  • contain articles on a variety of topics
  • the articles are written by different authors
  • sometimes they also contain reviews and other information
  • in printed and electronic formats

Why Should I use them?

  • journal time is much quicker than for a book
  • using information from journals will keep you up to date and informed of new developments in your subject
  • journals articles are more specific than books.  They give you more detailed information in a more scholarly and concise format
  • subject may not yet (or may never) be covered in books
  • quality research - academic reputation - peer reviewed.

What is scholarly/peer reviewed?

  • Written by an academic, who is a specialist in the subject
  • Submitted to an editor, who then passes the work to other professionals or 'peers' for a critiques, the work is then passed back to the original writer for changes to be made before being published
  • Longer articles, heavily text based
  • Charts, tables, statistics and images
  • Properly referenced with a list of references at the end of the article.