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LIBRARY GUIDE TO AH 3530 - History & Theory of Graphic Design

Starting out: Define your topic
Typefaces Galore

Topics in art history often start with an object, an artist, or a particular art movement that you like. Read up on or browse for inspiration in the Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History or  Oxford Art Online . What do you find interesting? What questions do you have when thinking about the art you like? 
  • Make sure your question can't be answered with a simple yes or no
  • Make sure your question analyzes, rather than describes, a topic
  • Review the facts and others' opinions on the topic and then identify your own answer(s) to the research question
Research and scholarship is a conversation--what do you want to add? How can you build on what others have contributed?
Recommended Resources
Image Sources
ARTstor Design guide
AIGA Archives
Guide to Finding Images on the Web

Art Articles
Art Bibliographies Modern
Art and Architecture
Google Scholar
Art Bibliographies Modern and Art and Architecture provide access to journal and magazine articles from art publications.

Other relevant resources:
Historical Abstracts
New York Times - Current
New York Times Historical

To find books on your topic, search Library OneSearch (at the top of the page) for books in Kresge, or borrow from other Michigan libraries:

Library Contact
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Katie Greer
Associate Professor



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