Databases for Research: Art / Design / Fashion

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AdForumCanadian content
(Maydream Inc.) Information on over 20,000 agencies and 120 000 ad campaigns (tv, print, interactive, etc.) from around the world. Also includes information about advertising award winners and jobs in the fields of advertising and design.
Art Museum Image Gallery(Please Note: The images contained in this database are strictly for educational use only. They cannot be used in marketing activities.)
(EBSCO) Provides access to over 165 000+ high quality images of art from ancient civilizations to contemporary times. The images are accompanied by descriptions and overviews, provenance data, and related multimedia. Please note: The images contained in this database are strictly for educational use only. They cannot be used in marketing activities.
JSTOR - Arts and Sciences I, II, III, IV, and VII Collections
(ITHAKA) Provides access to a multidisciplinary collection of over 850 journals in the arts, humanities, and social sciences.
Oxford Art OnlineCanadian content(Please note our subscription is for a maximum of 14 concurrent users only. Please click "Logout" in the top-right corner of the database when you are done.)
(Oxford University Press) Provides access to an extensive art collection including: Grove Art Online, the Oxford Companion to Western Art, Encyclopedia of Aesthetics and the Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms.
Pop Culture Collection
(Gale) Provides access to popular magazines for use in the social sciences, history, art or liberal arts courses.
SMART Imagebase (Scientific and Medical Art)
(EBSCO) Thousands of medical illustrations, videos, interactive tools, and monographs of anatomy, physiology, embryology, surgery, trauma, pathology, diseases, conditions, and other topics.
WARC (World Advertising Research Center)
(World Advertising Research Center) Over 25 000 articles, case studies, research reports and summaries covering all areas of marketing communications (advertising, consumer research, brand management, product categories, media planning, etc.)
(Worth Global Style Network) A fashion and style forecasting service providing fashion trend information, market analysis, retail news, store window and other images, textiles and CAD design information, and trade and fashion show news.
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