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DAAI - Design and Applied Arts Index

(ProQuest) - The Design and Applied Arts Index contains over 130,000 annotated references from more than 500 design and craft journals and newspapers published from 1973 onwards, and data on over 50,000 designers, craftspeople, studios, workshops, firms etc. Research articles are covered, along with topical news items, conference and seminar reports, and book, video and exhibition reviews. DAAI also includes two supplementary databases: Education Directory, an international directory of universities and colleges that offer courses in design and craft subjects, and Periodicals Directory, an international directory of design and craft journals.

DAR: Design Abstracts Retrospective

(DesignInForm) - a retrospective complement to Design and Applied Arts Index (DAAI), covering design journals and yearbooks published between 1900 and 1987 AND a unique resource consisting of more than 11,000 profiles of designers, architects, craftspeople, photographers, studios and other institutions.

Design ProFiles

(DesignInForm) - is source of information on 20th and 21st-century designers and design firms. The database includes more than 11,000 names, with 5,000 additional names expected to be added this year. It is not a database of journal articles—use DAAI and DAR for articles—but a source of essentially biographical information with suggestions for (and sometimes links to) further information.


(DesignInForm) - consists of three databases Design Abstracts Retrospective (DAR), Design ProFILES (DP) and ReVIEW. DAR is an abstracting and indexing service that aims to cover many of the most important design and applied arts journals and annuals published during the twentieth century. DP is a dictionary of design and designers that includes profiles of every single designer, architect, craftsperson, studio, workshop, etc. whose work is discussed or illustrated in the journals and yearbooks covered by DAR. ReView is an project to digitize many of the most important decorative and fine arts journals published in Europe and the USA during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Dictionary of Literary Biography Complete Online, Literature Criticism Online

(Gale) - Cross-search two or more of Gale's literature archive resources, including Dictionary of Literary Biography Complete Online, Literature Criticism Online, and Something About the Author Online. Search biographical and critical essays on the lives, works and careers of the world’s most influential literary figures from all eras and genres.