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Information Design: Articles/Databases

Subject Guide for students of Information Design.

Finding Journal Articles

There are three main ways to find the articles you need:

  • Search Ara Library databases for articles on your subject. (Use this method to find your own articles for an assignment).
  • Look for a particular article from a recommended reading list. (Use this method if you have a reading list with the details of an article, e.g. author, article/journal title). 

  • Use Google Scholar to find articles in Ara databases. (Use this method to find open access scholarly articles as well as articles in some Ara databases). 
    • Using Google Scholar to find articles in Ara databases [PDF] [Video] 


To view details of all our electronic journal subscriptions and find out which databases index them, use the Journal Titles List. 

Technical Communication journal titleThe eJournal Technical Communication provides access to full text articles from 1995 onwards               through IngentaConnect.  



TCQ journal cover The eJournal Technical Communication Quarterly (TCQ) is available in full text from 1993 onwards but does have an 18 month embargo on the most recent content in Engineering Source.

 Intercom journal coverThe eJournal Intercom is indexed in Business Source Complete and Engineering Source but full text is only available until 2005. On Moodle, your tutors can link you to selected recent articles from Intercom      thanks to a special agreement with the publisher.

Google Scholar

Google Scholar Search

Google Scholar is a good place to look if you can be specific about what you need.

Recommended Databases

Try searching some of these databases for articles on your subject.
For more options, go to All Databases.

Encyclopedias & Dictionaries

Start here for definitions of key terms and background information.