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									                             GETTING STARTED…

                            INTERIOR DESIGN

Web versions of this and other Getting Started guides are available at

The following sources in this guide are good places to begin your research.

I. Background Sources are located on the first floor of Reinsch Library and do not circulate.

Research Assistance

       Interior Design Reference Manual: A guide to the NCIDQ exam.
       REF NK2116.5 .B35
       Chapters are organized according to the exam specifications and sample questions are provided at the
       end of each chapter. Reflects the current IBC requirements.

       Interior Design Sourcebook. REF NK1705 .L49
       Guide to resources on the history and practice of interior design.

Encyclopedias and Dictionaries
       Encyclopedia of Interior Design. REF NK1165 .E48 (2 vol.)
       Describes and analyzes a range of subjects and individuals related to the history of interiors; includes
       survey articles on countries, periods, and styles. Lists of "further readings" after articles.

       Fairchild Dictionary of Interior Design. REF NK1165 .P4
       Defines and often illustrates interior design terms, including furniture, lighting principles and fixtures,
       materials, fabrics, construction devices, accessories, woods, styles, and periods.

       Thames and Hudson Dictionary of Design since 1900. REF NK1390 .J85
       Short entries on design and important 20th century designers.

       A Dictionary of Modern Design. REF NK 1165.W66
       Also available online at ALADIN ( in the Oxford Reference Online database.
       Entries on names and movements from the past 150 years of all areas of design, including ceramics,
       furniture, graphics, industrial design, interiors, and fashion.
       Contemporary Designers. REF NK1166 .C761
       Gives background, work, and philosophy of important designers, primarily living designers. Indexes by
       nationality and design field.

       Who’s Who in Interior Design. REF NK 2004.2 .W48
       Brief, but concise, biographical information on prominent national and international interior designers.

       Interior Graphic Standards. REF TH2031 .M34
       Comprehensive source of design data and project management information for all aspects of commercial
       interiors practice.

       Planning and Managing Interior Projects. REF NK2116 .F37
       Focuses on the business aspect of commercial interior design projects; contains “real world” information
       with sections on project planning and site selection, design development, project documents,
       construction, interior features and installation, and relocation.

       Time-Saver Standards for Interior Design and Space Planning. REF NK2110 .T48
       Covers planning, design, and detailing of interior spaces. Includes plans for residential, office,
       hospitality, and retail spaces; construction and woodwork details; general reference tables.

       Other Time-Saver titles include:
              Time-Saver Details for Store Planning and Design. REF HF5429 .B667
              Time-Saver Standards for Architectural Design: Technical Data for Professional Practice.
              REF TH151 .T55
              Time-Saver Standards for Building Types. REF NA2760 .D42
              Time-Saver Standards for Housing and Residential Development. REF NA9501 .T55

II. Books

Search the ALADIN Catalog for books owned by MU or other members of the WRLC. For additional
information review the Help Screen Options and refer to the handouts Tips and Techniques: Catalog Search and
Finding Materials in the Library to browse subjects by call number.

To Search by Subject
The quickest way to search for a subject is by typing one or more keywords or a person’s name in the search
box and clicking on Keyword. For additional results, click on a book that addresses your subject and look at the
Subjects assigned to that book. Click on that Subject Heading to view additional titles.

     1. Enter one or more terms which best describe your topic.
     2. Use and, or, not to combine terms, furniture and catalog
     3. Use quotation marks to search word as a phrase, “restaurant design”

Always assume that we have books on your subject. If you aren’t finding anything, ask for help at the
reference desk or email

III. Articles. Search the databases in ALADIN at Dates of indexing and full-text
will vary by publication and by database.

Architecture and Art Databases

       Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals
       A comprehensive guide to current literature which focuses on interior design and architecture. Use the
                button to link to full-text.

       Design and Applied Arts Index
       Contains references from more than 500 design and craft journals and newspapers, including interior
       design. Use the          button to link to full-text.
       Art Index (1984 to the present) and Art Index Retrospective (1929-1984)
       Indexes articles, conference reports, reviews, bibliographies, and other material from international art
       and design periodicals, yearbooks, and museum bulletins. Use the Check SFX link to link to full-text.
       Click on Change Databases to search the Retrospective section.

       Bibliography of the History of Art
       Comprehensive bibliography on American and European visual arts; includes information on interior design
       and related topics. Use the        button to link to full-text.

       Oxford Art Online
       A gateway to the content of Grove Art Online and Oxford art reference materials in one location. Users can
       search biographies, subject entries, or 5,000 images within Grove Art Online. The site also links to thousands
       more images on museum sites.

Other Useful Databases

       ABI/Inform Global
       A business and management database with many full-text articles, useful for business aspects of
       design. Use the Find a Copy link and then the         button to link to full-text.
       Provides access to more than 70 million articles from over 3700 publications. In the Company and
       Industry Center; find articles, financial data and information on key competitors for a specific industry
       or company.

       LexisNexis Academic
       Contains company financial information, general news, and industry and market news on a wide variety
       of topics, including interior design.

General/Multidisciplinary Databases

       Academic Search Complete
       A comprehensive scholarly, multi-disciplinary database that indexes and abstracts thousands of publications
       including monographs, reports, conference proceedings, etc. Use the            button to link to full-text.

       Associates Program Source
       Designed specifically for junior & community colleges with a primary focus on disciplines of
       study within associate degrees and certification programs including interior design. Use

       ProQuest Research Library
       Indexes journal articles from a variety of disciplines. Search may be limited to scholarly
       publications. Use the Find a Copy link and then the              button to link to full-text.

Finding Articles

       Refer to the handout Tips and Techniques: How to Find Journal Articles.

IV. Internet Resources Below are listed some relevant resources. The web version of this guide
( provides direct links to these sites. For suggestions on how to find
other academic web sites refer to the handout Tips and Techniques: Researching the World Wide Web.
    American Society of Interior Designers
    Information about ASID, careers in design, laws and regulations, research, forecasts, events and news.

    Intute: Architecture
    Web resources for the study of the art or science of designing and building structures.

    Architecture and Interior Design for 20th Century America
    Part of the Library of Congress’s American Memory collection, this site has over 29,000 photographs of
    architectural subjects taken by Samuel Gottscho and William Schleisner between 1935 and 1955.
    Interior and exterior views of homes, offices, historic buildings, and other structures are included.

    Council for Interior Design Accreditation
    List of and contact information for accredited programs of study in interior design; annotated list of
    professional associations; information on accreditation.

    Design events, interior design news, information on universities, articles, product and designer lists.

    Great Buildings Collection
    A searchable database on great buildings of the world; brief biographies of architects, with photographs
    or sketches of some of their buildings, including some interiors; indexes of buildings and places;
    "greatest hits."
    Information on furniture and other products, including photos and online showrooms; interior design
    articles and book reviews; discussion groups; profiles of designers.

    A research and communication tool to facilitate interior designers’ use of current, research-based
    information as a decision-making tool in the design process, thereby integrating research and practice.

    IDEC: Interior Design Educators Council
    Promotes the advancement of interior design education and scholarship.

    International Interior Design Association
    Information on IIDA membership and events; calendar of interior design classes, seminars, and
    competitions; registration required.

For further information, stop by the reference desk, call (703) 284-1649, e-mail,
           or instant message: AskMULibrary via AOL, MSN, Yahoo!, Google Talk, or Meebo

                                                                                       REF: GV: rev. 01/09

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