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Visual Culture - Searching beyond the basics

This section lists resources for specific purposes.

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Find journal and magazine articles. These include up-to-date publications. To see if the library has a specific electronic journal or to browse by subject, take the Ejournals tab on the library homepage. Print journals can be searched from the Catalogue link.

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Use this resource to search for journal articles, e-books and images.  All visual arts subjects are included.  Links to the full text are provided, where available.

Find (mostly) non-current, full-text, journal and magazine articles.

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Art and Architecture Archive not in Discovery 

Includes archival full text access to magazines including Art Monthly (1976 - 2005), British Journal of Photography (1860 - 2005) and Eye: International Review of Graphic Design (1990 - 2005).

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This database enables you to find out what articles have been published in journals between 1929 and 1984

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An academic journal archive containing thousands of articles on a wide range of subjects.

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A complete searchable archive of American Vogue, from the first issue in 1892 to the current month. Every page, advertisement, cover and fold-out has been included. You can find images by garment type, designer and brand names.

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One of the fashion industry's most influential journals, coverage is from the first issue in 1910 to material from within the last twelve months. Every page, article, advertisement and cover has been included and is fully searchable.

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Nexis not in Discovery 

Full text of regional and national UK and international newspapers from the 1980s onwards. Useful for reviews and public opinions.

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UKPressonline not in Discovery 

Full articles, including images, from the Daily Express (1900-) and the Daily Mirror (1903-).

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British Library Newspapers not in Discovery 

Search and read a wide range of national and regional newspapers from 1741-1950.

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Search for stories in this popular tabloid or use the browse feature to flick through the paper on particular days. Use Nexis if you want to go beyond 2004.

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Access stories and photos from The Guardian (1821-2003) and The Observer (1791-2003)

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The world’s first illustrated weekly newspaper.

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Full articles including images from the Times Newspaper

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UKPressonline not in Discovery 

Full articles, including images, from the Daily Express (1900-) and the Daily Mirror (1903-).

Find primary sources including documents and images.

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An online archive of printed material covering aspects of everyday life in Britain in the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries. You will find posters and handbills for theatrical and non-theatrical entertainments, broadsides relating to murders and executions, book and journal prospectuses, popular topographical prints, and a wealth of different kinds of printed advertising material.

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Access a range of primary and secondary sources covering London from the 18th to the early 20th centuries. As well as documents, you will find interactive maps, illustrations and photographs to really bring the streets to life.

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A key source about daily life in the 20th century. You can look at topic collections (1938-65) on juvenile delinquency, holidays, leisure, industry etc., or view diary entries (1939-51) and day surveys. File reports (1937-1972) cover subjects such as propaganda, morale, popular culture, shopping, sex, fashion and much more.

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Explore documents, fanzines, photos and newsreel footage to help understand these key decades when consumer culture and pop music took off and protest movements were big news.

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An essential resource for the study of popular entertainment in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries containing everything from full-text books, to posters and performance tickets.

Find more resources from the audio-visual resources webpage. 

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A database of more than 2 million images related to visual arts and culture. 

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Culture Grid provides access to UK arts, culture and heritage collections. You can also access European collections through Europeana. Results draw on image, audio and video artefacts.

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eLexicons not in Discovery 

eLexicons include Typography, Graphic Design, Graphic Art, Illustration, and Lettering. It includes over 2,500 biographical entries of key designers in these areas and provides examples of their work. You can easily see who has influenced whom, who is working within particular movements, with particular typefaces and so on.

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Use this online local heritage resource to search and explore digitised local studies collections from across Hampshire, including Southampton and Portsmouth.

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Search, view, and download thousands of video, image and audio resources from many different collections covering news, documentaries, popular culture and much more.

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Includes access to over 100,000 images from a range of collections including the Design Council Archive, Imperial War Museum, London College of Fashion, National Fine Art Collection and Zandra Rhodes Digital Study Collection.

Find more resources from the audio-visual resources webpage.

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This collection provides a key resource for the historical study of British and international art, and aspects of British documentary film-making.

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This fantastic resource has captured UK terrestrial TV and radio programmes from 2007 onwards for anyone in UK universities to watch for free. You can create playlists and clips too.

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A unique online resource which offers a window on Britain's changing political, economic and social landscape in the age of film and television.

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Search, view, and download thousands of video, image and audio resources from many different collections covering news, documentaries, popular culture and much more.

art history
costume & personal appearance
decorative arts
drawing & drawings
Film, radio and television
painting & paintings
photography, computer art, film, video
printing & related activities
printmaking & prints
specific fields & special kinds of photography
textile arts
the arts

Your Subject Team

Greta Friggens

(Faculty Librarian)

Email: greta.friggens@port.ac.uk

Phone:(023) 9284 3456

Lizzie Wildgoose

(Assistant Faculty Librarian)

Email: lizzie.wildgoose@port.ac.uk

Phone:(023) 9284 3452