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Drexel Library

Art History + Visual Studies

Start with the resources on this page, especially Bloomsbury Design Library and our search tool, DragonSearch. Want more online art history resources? Check out Art + Design Online.

Finding Books + Articles

Books and articles are your best bet for doing research in design history. Search DragonSearch (below). Keyword search by artist or time period or material such as Arts and Crafts Movement or mid-century modern furniture.

Tip: search words as a phrase by placing them in quotes (for example, "Herman Miller"). Can't find what you need? Contact a Librarian!


Google Scholar logoClick the hamburger menu in the upper left and select Settings. Select Library Links and search for Drexel. Select all the Drexel options and hit Save.

Now when you use Google Scholar, a link to full-text items at Drexel University Libraries will appear (GetIt@Drexel). Click this link and it will direct you to the full-text (or search for the article or book title in DragonSearch). Questions? Ask a Librarian!


Use the box below to discover content available through Drexel Libraries.

Primary Sources

Free Library of Philadelphia logoA Free Library card is available at no cost to anyone who lives, works, pays taxes, or goes to school in Philadelphia. Find more local resources for historical research on the Philly Art, Architecture + Design guide.