The Library is pleased to offer resource guides for getting started with your research. Visit NSCAD’s Campus Guides to find pages describing how to access all of the Library’s search tools and resources, and descriptions of our services.

Below is a full list of our digital catalogues and databases.

Full Text Databases

Art and Architecture Source

Art and Architecture Source covers a broad range of related subjects, from fine, decorative and commercial art, to various areas of architecture and architectural design. See More →

Art Bibliographies Modern

Abstracts of journal articles, books, essays, exhibition catalogues, dissertations, and exhibition reviews, extending from artists and movements beginning with Impressionism in the late 19th century up to the most recent works and trends in the late 20th century. See More →

Art Index Retrospective

Indexes 300+ English and foreign language journals yearbooks and museum bulletins in the fields of art and architecture from 1929 to the present.

Arts: Search

Arts: Search contains ReView (19th and early 20th century art journals) Design Abstracts Retrospectives (more than 100 design and design-related journals), and Arts+Architecture Profiles (biographical dictionary of modern designers, craftspeople, artists, and architects).


The J. Paul Getty Trust provides free access to the Bibliography of the History of Art (BHA) and to the Répertoire international de la littérature de l’art (RILA) for no charge. These citation databases, searchable together, cover material published between 1975 and 2007.

Bloomsbury Fashion Central

A website for fashion educators, students, and professionals containing more than 130 Fairchild Books, the Berg Fashion Library (scholarly articles, ebooks, and fashion images), and Fashion Photography Archive (75,000 images supported by articles, biographies, audio, and video).

Design and Applied Arts Index

More than 110,000 annotated references from 450 design and craft journals published between 1973–2001, and data on over 50,000 designers, craftspeople, studios, workshops, firms etc.

Directory of Open Access Journals

A directory of free, full text, open access journals, this service currently provides access to over 4000 journals, many of which are searchable at the article level.


e-artexte is the library catalogue of Artexte and a digital repository for contemporary Canadian art publications. The catalogue contains over 23,000 records from Artexte’s collection. e-artexte is an open access platform for publishers, authors and artists.


A digital library of education research and information sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences of the United States Department of Education that provides access to 1.5 million bibliographic records (citations, abstracts, and other pertinent data) of journal articles and other education-related materials.

Grove / Oxford Art Online

A scholarly art encyclopaedia that includes thousands of articles, biographies, citations, and images. It also includes reference works such as The Oxford Companion to Western Art, The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms, and The Encyclopaedia of Aesthetics. See More →

Intelex Past Masters

117 full-text humanities databases focused on the needs of the scholarly community in the human sciences.


Eight multidisciplinary and discipline-specific collections that include complete runs of journals as well as select monographs, transactions, and conference proceedings. See More →

Oxford English Dictionary

Search words archaic, obscure, unfamiliar, or commonly misused in the Oxford English Dictionary, “the definitive record of the English language.” You can also: browse the whole dictionary from A to Z; browse words by categories, i.e., subject, usage, region, or origin; use timelines to discover when words entered the English language; and search the historical thesaurus.

Periodicals Archive Online

Periodicals Archive Online indexes millions of articles published in the arts, humanities and social sciences, across more than 300 years from 1665 to 1995. It provides access to the full text of a growing number of digitized periodicals that have been indexed in its sister database, Periodicals Index Online.

ProQuest Research Library

A general database that gives access to thousands of current periodicals and newspapers, many updated daily and containing full-text articles from 1986 onward. See More →

Taylor & Francis

Taylor & Francis indexes articles published in thousands of scholarly, interdisciplinary journals. If the Library subscribes to a particular title, the full-text will be activated via Taylor & Francis online. For the NSCAD community, the Bloomsbury journals Art in Translation, Architecture and Culture, Design and Culture, The Design Journal, Design Philosophy Papers, Fashion Practice, Fashion Theory, Home Cultures, Interiors, Journal of Aesthetics and Phenomenology, The Journal of Modern Craft, Luxury, Material Religion, Photography & Culture, The Senses & Society, Textile, Textile Design Research, and Practice are now available full text online via this database. See More →

Image and Video Databases


A digital library of nearly one million images in the areas of art, architecture, the humanities, and social sciences with a set of tools to view, present, and manage images for research and pedagogical purposes. See More →

Art and Architecture in Video

A collection of hundreds of documentaries related to the history of art. Includes the Michael Blackwood collection of contemporary art documentaries, and content from the BBC, Kino Lorber, and Filmmakers Library among others. See More →


The AskArt site contains images of works by artists from around the globe, as well as biographical information, exhibition listings, and helpful lists of books and articles. See More →


The Federated Academic Digital Imaging System (FADIS) is a learning management and courseware system developed for image based teaching of art, architecture, and visual culture. See More →

HotDocs Doc Library

A database of Canadian documentaries shown at the HotDocs Festival; includes commentary, further links, and educational resources. See More →

Kanopy Streaming Service

An online video streaming service that provides access to titles on a subscription basis for educational use. Content is selected by faculty to support teaching and learning.

NFB Campus

NFB Campus is a subscription service that offers expanded online access to NFB educational resources—a collection that includes films, interactive productions, and teaching tools.

Online Individual Journal Subscriptions

Architecture and Culture

An award-winning, peer-reviewed journal of the Architectural Humanities Research Association that investigates the relationship between architecture and the culture that shapes and is shaped by it. See More →

Art in Translation

Quality English language translation of significant articles on visual culture presently available only in their source languages. Texts are drawn from all areas of the visual arts: painting and drawing, sculpture, architecture, design, installation works and digital media. See More →

Design and Culture

A peer-reviewed journal from the Design Studies Forum that probes the relationship of design to other disciplines, including marketing, management, cultural studies, anthropology, material culture, geography, visual culture and political economy. See More →

Design Issues

The first American academic journal to examine design history, theory, and criticism, Design Issues provokes inquiry into the cultural and intellectual issues surrounding design. See More →

The Design Journal

An international refereed journal from the European Academy of Design covering all aspects of design in both cultural and commercial contexts. See More →

Design Philosophy Papers

A peer-reviewed journal that advances critical and philosophical engagement with design and ‘the world as designed’, with a particular interest in sustainability, unsustainability, design ethics, design futures, and intercultural design theory. See More →

Fashion Practice

A peer-reviewed academic journal that covers the full range of contemporary design and manufacturing within the context of the fashion industry.

Fashion Theory

Fashion Theory is an interdisciplinary forum for the rigorous analysis of cultural phenomena ranging from foot binding to fashion advertising.

Film Quarterly

Peer-reviewed writing on cinema and media with a reputation as one of the most authoritative academic film journals in the United States, as well as an important English-language voice of cinema studies abroad.

Home Cultures

An interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal dedicated to the critical understanding of the domestic sphere, its artifacts, spaces and relations, across timeframes and cultures.


An interdisciplinary journal that investigates the complexities of the interior environment and its impact on the inhabitant.

Journal of Aesthetics and Phenomenology

A journal of scholarly articles that encourages and promotes research in aesthetics, drawing inspiration from the phenomenological tradition.


An interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal that considers luxury in broad socio-cultural contexts, exploring and interrogating both our historical and contemporary understanding of the term.

Material Religion

An international, peer-reviewed journal that explores religion and material culture— images, devotional and liturgical objects, architecture and sacred space, works of arts and mass-produced artifacts.


21 issues published online between 1996-2010 are available in PDF format.


At the forefront of art criticism and theory, October focuses critical attention on the contemporary arts—film, painting, music, media, photography, performance, sculpture, and literature—and their various contexts of interpretation.

PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art

PAJ includes critical essays, artists’ writings, interviews, plays, drawings and notations, with extended coverage of performance, festivals, and books. Podcasts, video and audio clips are also available.


A journal that brings together research in textiles in an innovative and distinctive academic forum.

Textile Design Research and Practice

Textile Design Research and Practice aims to create a forum to facilitate, stimulate, and disseminate research in the domain of textile design and practice.

The Journal of Modern Craft

The first peer-reviewed academic journal to provide an interdisciplinary and international forum in modern craft. The journal also reviews and analyzes the relevance of craft within new media, folk art, architecture, design, contemporary art, and other fields.

West 86th

Published by the University of Chicago Press on behalf of the Bard Graduate Center, West 86th reaffirms the BGC’s commitment to expanding the conversation regarding the content, meaning, and significance of objects, focusing on scholarship in material culture, design history, and the decorative arts.

Woman's Art Journal

Representing the interests of women and art worldwide, Woman’s Art Journal is a forum for re-examining feminist concerns of the women’s art movement.

Electronic Books

Ebook Central

Ebook Central is an exhaustive selection of authoritative, scholarly content — 790,000 titles and 1,350 imprints from more than 650 publishers on one platform. See More →

Canadian Electronic Library

Over 8,000 electronic books from Canadian publishers, including many recent scholarly titles from a number of university presses.  See More →


Over 23,000 electronic books from publishers Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press, Oxford University Press USA, and Taylor & Francis. See More →

Project Gutenburg

For many years, Project Gutenberg has been offering published books now out of copyright free for reading online or downloading to a mobile device. Over 33,000 books are now available through Project Gutenberg and its partners and affiliates. See More →