It depends on what you're researching and how you're presenting your findings. Some professors require that you use scholarly or academic journals in your research projects. Some fields and topic areas - especially one like graphic design - use online publications to communicate information and share ideas more than scholarly journals. You'll need to find a balance that fits your research questions and your assignment.
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Try books for historical overviews, in-depth introductions to design principles and why design matters, and long-form research on graphic design topics of interest. You probably won't read these books cover to cover, but they can be helpful for your research and your creative process.
The library catalog is your gateway to the books on our shelves and the articles in the databases we subscribe to.
This video tutorial gives a walk-through of how to search the library's catalog:
Library databases contain articles from scholarly journals, trade magazines, news sources, and popular magazines. If you're looking for in-depth research about a graphic design topic, try one of the databases below. The nature of your topic will help you decide which database to search.
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