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Key journals databases

These are some of the principle databases you would normally use for the study and theory of Design. These databases index hundreds of thousands of journal articles on Fashion, Furniture, Graphics, Interior Design, Metalwork & Jewellery, Packaging, Industrial Design and Product Design.

Newspapers and magazines

Newspapers and magazines can be the best source for the very latest information. However, they are aimed at a general audience, and do not tend to be very technical or detailed. They are also certainly not peer-reviewed and can very often be erroneous or biased.

Multidisciplinary journals databases

Because Design can cover a huge range of subjects, you may very well find these databases useful on some occasions.

Sage Research Methods

Sage Research Methods (SRM) is a fantastic collection of books, case studies and videos exploring and illustrating research methods for the social sciences.  

  • Books include Little Green Books and Little Blue Books, short guides to quantitative and qualitative research methods
  • Over 1000 case studies illustrating research methods
  • Videos exploring all aspects of the research process
  • SRM Project Planner - accessible advice on every stage of the research process from defining a question to writing up and sharing your research
  • We don't subscribe to everything from SRM - use 'Refine By' when searching and browsing to see what is available at SHU