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Key databases for Design

If you need to find journal articles about a subject that you are researching or studying, it is important to search journal databases. Type your topic into the search screen of the database to obtain a list of relevant journal articles, and remember to look at help screens or Library guides to make the most of what is on offer.

Below is a list of journal databases which are most often used in Design. You can also see a complete list of databases for Design available from the Library.

ABI Complete (ABI Global)

In-depth coverage of business and economic conditions, management techniques, theory and practice of business, advertising, marketing, economics, human resources, finance, taxation, computers, and more. Search around 3,000 worldwide business periodicals.

Guide to using ABI Complete (ABI Global)

Art Full Text

Search for journal articles in Art and Design as well as some aesthetic aspects of cinema. Indexing more than 500 journals as far back as 1984, this resource offers abstracts of an international array of peer-selected publications - now with expanded coverage of Latin American, Canadian, Asian and non-Western art, new artists, contemporary art, exhibition reviews, and feminist criticism. The database is updated daily.

Guide to using Art Full Text

Bridgeman Education

A dedicated service to support the use of high-quality images in education for teaching, research or reference purposes. The collection is constantly growing, with new material added weekly.

Guide to using Bridgeman Education

Business Source Premier

Subjects include business, management, economics, finance, accounting, international business and marketing.Search for journal articles, trade publications, country reports, industry information, company news and conference proceedings. Use the advanced search to narrow down the results, for example to academic journals.

Guide to using Business Source Premier


IBISWorld provides UK industry reports from across a wide range of sectors. It also includes historic industry reports and Brexit impact analysis.


Academic journals, books and primary sources across a range of subject areas including Art and Art History, Performing Arts, Architecture and Music.

Guide to using JSTOR


An excellent source of news information, including international newspapers, trade publications and company information. All articles are available in full text. It is easy to use but remember to narrow down your search by limiting the dates or by choosing a specific set of newspapers. For example you can choose to search across all English language newspapers, or just UK national newspapers. Updated daily.

Guide to using Nexis

Vogue Archive

A complete searchable archive of American Vogue, from the first issue in 1892 to the current month, reproduced in high-resolution color page images. Every page, advertisement, cover and fold-out has been included, with rich indexing enabling you to find images by garment type, designer and brand names. The Vogue Archive preserves the work of the world's greatest fashion designers, stylists and photographers and is a unique record of American and international fashion, culture and society from the dawn of the modern era to the present day.

Guide to using Vogue Archive

Web of Science

Search for journal articles using three databases; Science Citation Index, Social Science Citation Index and Arts and Humanities Citation Index. A current awareness service provides citation alerts for newly added journal articles. Each database is updated weekly.

Guide to using Web of Science

World Advertising Research Center (WARC)

Intelligence on all areas of marketing communications. It includes over 45,000 papers, case studies, research reports, and news items covering all areas of marketing, advertising, communications, brand strategy and consumer behaviour. It is searchable by keyword. You may have to register your own details before you can search the full database.

Guide to using World Advertising Research Center (WARC)

World Textiles

World Textiles provides comprehensive coverage of the current textiles literature, including performance textiles, containing digests of scientific, technical, and technico-economic publications. The database provides a truly international overview of publications. The specialist coverage of textile-related patents is a unique resource for the textile industry.

Guide to using World Textiles