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Art & Design Research Guide

A guide to library resources on art and design

Finding Articles in Summon

Search Summon for articles, books, and more!




Summon is a one-stop shop that searches across materials held at UMSL as well as through our online subscription databases.  Results will include peer-reviewed research articles (print and digital) as well as news articles, books, and other materials.

Only want articles? On the results page, look on the left side of the screen for CONTENT TYPE. Underneath that, select the resource you want (e.g., Journal Article, News Article, Magazine Article, etc.)

Summon FAQs

You can also narrow your search results with other limiters:Screenshot of Content Type options; Journal article option highlighted.

  • Full Text Online
    • Limits to results for which you can view the full text immediately online.
  • Scholarly & Peer-Reviewed Publications
  • Publication Date
    • Limits by when the item was published.  Use the slider bar or the links underneath to easily limit by a recent number of years.
  • Discipline
    • Limits by your field of study.
  • Subject Terms
    • Allows you to include or exclude a particular term(s) associated with your topic.

Art & Design Databases

Google Scholar

Google Scholar Search
Can I use Google Scholar for academic research?

The short answer is yes!  You can use Google Scholar to conduct scholarly research.  However, there are situations in which a library database will be more efficient and useful.

How does Google Scholar compare to a library database?
  • May or may not provide you access to the full text.  Look on the right side of the screen for an UMSL Libraries link or try the title in Summon.
  • Does not search materials in a particular discipline.
  • No easy way to sort results.
  • Fewer options to narrow your search with limiters.
  • Misses out on print materials.

Google Scholar may still provide you with valuable results, but we recommend also utilizing the library's resources to complete your research.