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This list of databases will lead you to articles, essays in collected works, book reviews, and more in the literature of design and beyond. Several suggested databases cover specific subject areas such as anthropology and sociology while xSearch searches across multiple databases and subjects at one time.
Suggested reference sources
Reference works help you gather background information on your topic and will often lead to good bibliographies.
SearchWorks is the name of the Stanford Libraries catalog. It contains records for books, ebooks, DVDs, journals, archival material and more. It does not contain records for articles. SearchWorks uses relevancy ranking in displaying search results, much like Google. You can do an “everything” search or, using the drop-down on the right, specify author, title or subject terms as your search type. You can then refine your search results by the index on the left, including format, location, language, date and more.
Advanced search: This type of search allows you to search by author, title, topic, etc. by plugging the search terms into their own fields. You can then specify ALL search terms or ANY of your search terms. Think of this as AND and OR, respectively.
SearchWorks records include linked Subject terms which describe a particular item. Below are some Subject terms which relate to this class. Note how a main heading may further subdivide by subheadings like Social aspects, Environmental aspects, Catalogs, Exhibitions, etc. Linked headings will help you discover more material on your topic.