Visual Arts & Design

Check out the research databases and websites below

Popular multi-subject databases

The following databases cover a huge range of subjects including articles related to visual arts and design.

ProQuest(external link)
General OneFile(external link)
MasterFile Complete(external link)

Other useful databases

Biography in Context(external link)
Biographical entries on more than half a million individuals, spanning history and geography.

Britannica Academic(external link)
Fulltext and multimedia resources of the Encyclopaedia Britannica.

LinkedIn Learning(external link)
LinkedIn Learning provides access to many useful resources on creative industries(external link).  It also includes relevant learning resources on Business(external link) and technology.(external link)

Oxford Art Online(external link)
An authoritative and easily searchable online art resource.

Te Ara - The encyclopedia of New Zealand(external link)
A guide to our peoples, natural environment, history, culture, economy and society.

New Zealand specific databases

These databases are useful when searching for articles published in New Zealand or specific to a New Zealand context.

Australia New Zealand Reference Centre(external link)
Full text articles available from thousands of Australian & NZ journals, newspapers etc.

Digital New Zealand(external link)  
This database aggregates New Zealand-related resources at one place. Digital NZ includes videos, newspapers, maps, photographs, audio recordings, artworks, news reports, and many other kinds of digital content. Users can access journals related to New Zealand and research theses from academic institutions of this country.

INNZ Index New Zealand(external link) 
New Zealand Journals indexed by the National Library of New Zealand.

New Zealand Research(external link)
This database managed by National Library of New Zealand aims to collect all research resources related to New Zealand at one place. As this is powered by Digital NZ database, duplication of documents could be seen.

Te Ara - The encyclopedia of New Zealand(external link)
A guide to our peoples, natural environment, history, culture, economy and society.

The Treaty of Waitangi Collection(external link) - BWB eBooks 
This collection includes books that cover diverse aspects of the Treaty of Waitangi. Bridget Williams Collection also includes critical issues collection(external link) and texts collection(external link), which explores issues related to New Zealand from an in depth perspective.

Recommended websites

Check out these websites for trusted information.

Colin McCahon Online Catalogue(external link)
This website is designed to be an online catalogue of the works of Colin McCahon, one of New Zealand’s foremost artists.

CreativeNZ(external link) 
Arts Council of New Zealand Toi Aotearoa.

Find New Zealand Artists(external link)
A comprehensive index of New Zealand artists, past and present.

MoMA Museum of Modern Art(external link)
The first museum dedicated to the education and enjoyment of modern art.

Museum of New Zealand /Te Papa Tongarewa(external link)
Te Papa is New Zealand's National museum.

New Zealand Museums(external link)
This site gives access to New Zealand museums, art galleries, cultural organisations and their collections.

Tate Gallery(external link)
The Tate collection consists of over 65,000 works of art.

Toi Māori Aotearoa (Māori Arts New Zealand)(external link)
An organisation covering all matters relating to contemporary Māori art.

Worksafe New Zealand(external link)
New Zealand's workplace health and safety regulator.


Bloomsbury applied visual arts(external link) 
Combines visual inspiration with practical advice on everything from idea generation and research techniques to portfolio development.

Further Reading

Additional reading and research resources can be found in the library collection including books and magazines via this link below.

Art & Design(external link)

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