Graphic Design Guide

Villa Maria College Library

The journal articles you need for your assignments can be found in our online databases.

The complete list of databases available can be found on our website.

Articles not available in full text can be requested through Interlibrary Loan (ILL). Contact the library for help with ILL.

Off-campus access to most online databases requires a username and password. Drop by the library to get this information.

Online Journals

Search for Books, eBooks, Print Journals and DVDs

The library's online catalog, Alexandria, can be used to find both books and ebooks.

Books in the standard collection may be borrowed for three weeks. Books placed on reserve by your professor will have a shorter loan period. Books not available from the library can be borrowed through AcademicSHARE or Interlibrary Loan (ILL). Contact the library for help. To find items held by Villa and other libraries, try WorldCat.

Don't forget your Villa Maria College ID card to check out books!


Search for ebooks directly:

eBook Collection (EBSCOhost)


Find current and archived journals in the South Room in the library. Print journals can be borrowed for one week. Some additional titles are also available for single issues and archives.

  • Communication Arts (see CA's website for additional news articles and resources)
  • Eye
  • Graphic Design USA
  • Print

Online Encyclopedias

With quick, factual questions or to get a basic overview of a topic, try an encyclopedia:

Britannica Online

Additional Resources

Adobe TV

Adobe offers a wide variety of tutorial videos on its numerous products.

The Advertising Archives

This collection offers digitized advertising art from the mid 19th century to present day. Collections include mostly British and American work, with French, Spanish and other international work included.

AIGA Design Archives

Browse or search through AIGA's collections of over 20,000 designs from its juried competitions from 1924 to the present.

The Book Cover Archive

While not a complete archive, this website offers a number of resources for those interested in graphic design for books.

Color, Contrast & Dimension in News Design

This free online course furthers understanding of color theory and how it applies to the design of news.


An online tool that can help you identify a font based on an image. Also available as an app.