Interior Design 1151

Interior Design History Project


Use the Library Catalog to find books in the Library and ebook materials.
In addition to browsing the Interior Decoration and Architecture subject headings, you may want to search by keywords to find materials on very specific areas of interest.

Reference Materials

These materials will help you get started.

Credo Reference
This is a collection of general encyclopedias
Oxford Art Online
This includes Grove Art Online, Oxford Companion to Western Art and the Encyclopedia of Aesthetics

Image Databases

The Artstor image collection contains images that are relevant to the study of interior decoration, cultures, iconography, and many other subjects.


Journals are an important part of scholarly research. The Library provides you with access to thousands of journals in our databases. Art & Architecture Complete is a great source for interior design history but you can also browse the other databases to look for article sources.

Art & Architecture Complete
This database provides full-text coverage of more than 350 periodicals and 220 books. In addition, Art & Architecture Complete offers cover-to-cover indexing and abstracts for more than 800 academic journals, magazines and trade publications. Subjects include Antiques, Architecture and Architectural History, Archaeology, Costume Design, Decorative Arts, Graphic Arts, Interior and landscape design, Painting, Printmaking and Sculpture. The database also provides selective coverage for more than 70 additional publications and an Image Collection of over 64,000 images provided by Picture Desk and others.

Other Database Choices

See the Interior Design Research Databases page for other useful resources.

Finding Credible Websites

The Library has compiled a selection of web search tools, here. Use the Library's Evaluating Websites page for criteria to use when selecting your websites. Its important to find websites that are authored by professional people who have some expertise in your area of interest.

Image Websites

You might want to use images in your presentation or to find visual examples of cultural/ stylistic elements. Be sure to cite any images that you use in your paper or presentation.
Google Images
Flickr Creative Commons search

Creating Your Bibliography

You'll create your bibliography using the MLA Style. MLA is a very specific way of listing the resources you used in your project. The Library has a detailed citing sources page and you can also try Noodlebib, which creates the bibliography for you.

Need Help?

Contact the Interior Design librarian or visit the Ask-a-Librarian page.