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This page is designed to provide starting points for searching and browsing a variety of information formats from a variety of disciplines. Skip to the section of this page that is relevant to your topic. This page includes:

Don't forget that you can ask Emily for additional research guidance.

Art and Creative Browsing and Research

Components of artwork may be inspirational to your design work.  Search for or browse through art books and magazines for precedent on the artistic or creative aspects of your design work. While well known artists will often be the main subject of a book, more obscure or recent artists may be included in a group show catalog or a book discussing many artists - search for art styles and movements.

Browse the Art & Architecture Collection:

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Norlin Library contains an extensive Art & Architecture Collection, of both books and magazines.  Visit to browse titles, flipping through books and magazines is a great way to get new inspiration.

rare bookVisit Rare and Distinctive Collections:

You may also want to browse materials from our Rare and Distinctive Collections, including Rare Books (check out especially the Artist Book collection and Photography collection) and Archives.  Because these materials are unique, you'll need to set up a time to browse them in the reading room, contact to get help.

Business Research, News, and Reports

Part of precedent research for your capstone topic might involve learning more about the market (or audience) for your design solution, an industry, or other companies who are related to the landscape your design is part of.  Business research is different from research you are doing in other subject areas, so there are some tips to help you get started below. Many databases are not as intuitive to use, so give yourself more time to learn and search. If you get stuck, please email Emily Dommermuth for help. 

Science and Technical Research

Science and Technical How-to:

Part of your precedent research may include researching how something works, or new technical developments that could be included in your design. The Libraries have a number of ebooks and video collections to help guide you through learning how something works or to create something new.


Original Research Articles:

Research findings and new technological developments are presented in scholarly journal articles, and at conferences.  You can find many articles and conference papers by searching the databases below. 


Engineering and Computer Science:


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Health, Wellness, and Disability:

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Interlibrary Loan

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When we do not have a source, you may use our Interlibrary Loan services to request it! Place your request using ILLiadand we do our best to get the source for you from another library. Interlibrary Loan is free for registered faculty, staff, and students and other authorized users at the Boulder Campus.