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Art & Graphic Design Research Guide

A research guide for art and graphic design subjects and courses

About This Guide

art and graphic design images from Columbia State academic pagesAccording to the Bureau of Labor Statistics:

  • "Craft and fine artists use a variety of materials and techniques to create art for sale and exhibition. Craft artists create handmade objects, such as pottery, glassware, textiles, and other objects that are designed to be functional. Fine artists, including painters, sculptors, and illustrators, create original works of art for their aesthetic value, rather than for a functional one."
  • "Graphic designers create visual concepts, using computer software or by hand, to communicate ideas that inspire, inform, and captivate consumers. They develop the overall layout and production design for various applications such as advertisements, brochures, magazines, and corporate reports."

This guide is designed to support the research and learning needs of the art and graphic design programs. Here, you'll find resources for:

  • selecting and evaluating sources
  • constructing research questions
  • search tips and strategies
  • finding sources in Charger Search, databases, online sources, and statistics
  • recommended citation and style guides
  • contacting librarians for help

If you have suggestions for other resources, please let us know!

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