The library offers both research and tutorial materials on design.
When searching in the Ebsco Discovery database refining by source type can lead to certain types of results.
Academic Journals are primarily written by experts or professors. They offer all types of information, but are largely research based or best practice articles. For instance, one may find studies such as how children navigate web pages or a survey of what web 2.0 features consumers find most important.
Trade Journals are written by professionals in the field. They tend to offer trends, reviews of new products, and practical advice based on experience.
Magazines are written by journalists, often with some expertise on the topic. They offer trends, basic advice, and reviews of new products.
Newspapers are written by journalists, who often do do not have expertise on the topic. They offer the most current information on topics and have the most selection. If you have trouble finding information on your topic, make certain to search in our Newsbank database.
Finding Information for Design
Welcome to the Design Research Guide. This library guide will help you find information resources related to graphic communications courses.
- Books & eBooks - Locate print and electronic books
- Articles - Locate journal articles and recommended databases
- What's a Scholarly Article - Distinguish between scholarly journals, trade publications, and popular magazines
- Websites - Selected websites
- APA & Plagiarism - How to do a reference page and tools for creating APA papers and references
Searching WCTC Library Resources using Ebsco Discovery Service
Ebsco Discovery Service is a program that allows access to most of WCTC Library’s information resources through a single search box. This means that when you search for a topic such as “study skills” in Ebsco Discovery, your search results will include print books, electronic books, magazine and journal articles, newspaper articles and streaming video – all in one results list. Try it out!
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