Creative Arts and Industries library subject guide , Aratohu kaupapa mō te toi auaha

This guide covers art, design and the performing arts.

Article databases

Search these databases for the articles you need in your study or research.

ACM Digital Library

Research sources for creative media production and technologies.

ARTbibliographies Modern

Contemporary art including photography.

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Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals

Includes spatial design. Limited full-text content.

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BBC Sound Effects

Over 16,000 sound effects available free for educational use.

Bloomsbury Fashion Central

Context and images for fashion and clothing .

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Design and Applied Arts Index

All design disciplines, including craft. Limited full-text content.

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Searches many databases simultaneously including our holdings in design, fine arts, photography, creative media. Substantial full text content.

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Māori, New Zealand, Pasifika visual & material culture objects.


Selected live and on-demand recordings from over 40 pay and free channels.

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Trace exhibitions and critical commentary of contemporary visual arts in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Google Scholar

Main scholarly resource for design, art and cultural disciplines.

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Extensive index to writing on NZ art. This index does not provide full text content. If you find an article that fits your need, you can search Discover for the name of the magazine or newspaper that the article comes from. Discover will tell you if the library has access to the full text of the article.


Visual database of innovative materials searchable by category and properties.

Standards New Zealand

Full-text of current New Zealand standards including adopted Australian or ISO ones.

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World Textiles

Core sources for textile industry and design.

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We Wear Culture

Visual stories on fashion design and cultural issues.

Terms and conditions for library online resources

Legal guidelines about how and by whom Library-subscribed article databases may be used.

Books and ebooks

Find the book you need in a library, or access an online edition you can read on your computer.

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Search Discover to find Library books, journals, DVDs & other material.

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Bloomsbury Fashion Central

Includes eBooks from Berg Fashion Library.

Google Books

Searches across partial- and full-text content of a wide range of books.

Media arts

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Including in books and general online sources. Includes sources of images for art, photography and design; advertising, fashion, textiles; history and heritage; media arts

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Legal and ethical use of images

Using images in a master’s or PhD thesis

Other restrictions on copying and using images

Referencing visual material

Referencing visual and audio material in MLA style.

Referencing visual material in APA style.

Image sources

See our Find Images page for image sources, including images in these categories:

  • Art, photography, and design
  • Advertising, fashion, and textiles
  • History and heritage
  • Media arts

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