Welcome to the research guide for Graphic Design! Graphic design is the process of communicating visually using text and/or images to present information, or promote a message. Graphic design practice embraces a range of cognitive and aesthetic skills and crafts, including typography, image development and page layout.
Here you will find information on the top databases to find articles and where to look for books on your topic. We also have a section on reference sources, which lists encyclopedias and directories. Some reference sources are in print here in the library, while others are available online.
In order to access our thousands of electronic resources - including journal articles and library computer stations - you must register for your SDSUid.
You can access our eJournals from off-campus by always going through the library website to search databases (even Google Scholar) and signing in with your SDSUid and password.
There are multiple places to pay-for-print in the library:
Printing is 10¢ for black and white and 35¢ for color. B&W is default, so you wil have to change the printer to color in the print settings page.
You can print from your own computer by sending an email. The steps to print in the library are outlined on the Print Webpage.
The Print, Copy, Scan & Fax Page also details where copiers, scanners, and fax machines can be found in the library and their cost.
Adding money to your SDSU card can be done at the Aztec Markets, via credit card online, or at DART machines located throughout the library.
There are multiple ways to request and borrow materials at the library. The library website has information on Loan Periods.
Course Reserves can be checked out from the Circulation Desk and used for a defined period of time (typically 2-3 hours).
Special Collections are located on the 1st floor of Love Library and do not circulate.
The Love Library and Library Addition have many different services and spaces available for your use. Please explore and find what fits your needs!