Graphic Design Guide

logo for Graphic DesignThis guide will help you find books, videos, articles and websites about graphic design. Use the tabs below and the menus on your right to start searching for different types of materials.

If you need additional help, come to the Library Reference Desk or Ask A Librarian.

  1. Books & Videos
  2. Databases
  3. Websites
  4. Class Guides

Use the Library catalog to search the COD Library's collection of books, videos, e-books, and streaming media. Use your COD Library card to check these items out or access them online.

COD students, faculty, and staff can also create I-Share accounts that let you freely borrow books and videos from over 80 other academic libraries in Illinois. You can pick up and return I-Share items from the COD Library or any other member library.

Call Number Ranges

Use these call number ranges to browse the General Collection and the Reference Collection.

NC Drawing, design, illustration
NE Print media
T 385 Guides for applications like Photoshop and Illustrator
TK 5105.88 Web development
Z 116 - Z 265 Printing

E-Books and Streaming Videos

These online books and videos can be accessed from the COD network or anywhere on the internet if you have a Library card.
LyndaCampus ( ) provides a vast online library of instructional videos covering a variety of topics such as software training, business and creative skills, and study skills. Taught by accomplished teachers and recognized industry experts, is a high-quality resource for students, faculty, and staff looking to develop skills in Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite, educational technology, social media, coding, and a wide range of other topics.
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Safari Books Online
The Safari database contains books, videos, case studies and white papers on a variety of computing, design, and business topics. It includes top publishers like O'Reilly, Sam's, CISCO Press and many more.

Register for Safari using your COD email address. (Students: / Faculty & Staff:
Knovel Library
This database is a cross-searchable collection of electronic books covering many subjects in technology, engineering, applied technology, science, chemistry and physics and much more.
Springer E-book Collection
SpringerLink is a large collection of e-books covering topics in technology, sciences and medicine. The Library provides access to all titles published between 2005-2010. Use "Advanced Search" and limit to category of "Only Books." Then use "Publication Dates" between 2005-2010. Look for the green boxes for COD-owned titles. Chapters from this collection can be downloaded in PDF to read off-line.

E-books can also be found using the Library Catalog. Additional E-book collections can be found on the Library's E-books Databases page.

Use database to locate journal, magazine, newspaper or specialized articles. Databases are useful for finding timely articles about specific or emerging technologies and researching tech company information. You can use your COD Library card to access and download articles from off-campus.

Databases are organized collections of information that you can search on a variety of fields, like title and author's name. iTunes is a database and so is Amazon. Even your contacts list in your phone is a type of mini database. The Library has databases of articles from newspapers, magazines and journals. We also have databases of streaming videos, music and e-books. The difference between our databases and iTunes or Amazon is that our stuff is free for you to use. Browse the Library's databases now.


Best Bets

Academic OneFile
Academic OneFile is great for both popular and peer-reviewed full-text articles from the world's leading journals and reference sources. With extensive coverage of current events, physical sciences, technology, medicine, social sciences, the arts, theology, literature and other subjects, Academic OneFile is an excellent resource for general research.
Academic Search Premier
Academic Search Premier contains indexing and full text for 4515 journals. This collection provides both scholarly and popular journal coverage for nearly all academic areas of study - including social sciences, humanities, education, computer sciences, engineering, physics, chemistry, language and linguistics, arts & literature, medical sciences and ethnic studies. Academic Search Premier is a great resource for general research.

Other Choices

See the Technology Research Databases page for other useful databases.

Below are some established, high-quality websites useful for a variety of computer science and technology related research, but there are endless others you can find on your own. There are a variety of general purpose and specialized search tools you can use to search the web, just remember you need to carefully evaluate the accuracy and reliability of information your find on the open web.

Home of the world's largest design software developer.
A List Apart
A List Apart explores the design, development, and meaning of web content, with a special focus on web standards and best practices.
Design and technology inspiration
Font Squirrel scours the internet in search of FREE, highest-quality, designer-friendly, commercial-use fonts and presents them for easy downloading.
The world's largest photo sharing website containing billions of images. You can search for Creative Commons licensed work that you can reuse in your designs.
A massive design insipration website
A collection of high quality images that are completely copyright free
Smashing Magazine
Smashing Magazine is a website and blog that offers a wealth of resources and advice to web developers and web designers.
We Love Typography
This curated gallery of type-related content filters images by color, key word or just randomly.
An established publication covering all aspects of technology and design
Design blog of the author of Designing with Web Standards and the co-founder of A List Apart