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ART 5284 - Design Theory & Methods

Introduction to semiotic theory, communication theory, perceptual codes, human factors and visual rhetoric.

QuickSearch: Articles, Books, and More


What is QuickSearch?

QuickSearch contains information about and links to most of the UCF Libraries' collection including:books,

  • ebooks,
  • journal and magazine articles,
  • newspaper articles,
  • dissertations,
  • government documents,
  • DVDs and streaming videos

It searches across many different subscription databases and is a great tool when searching on a broad topic for papers when you need a handful of sources, including these core sources for art and digital media:

  • Art & Architecture Source
  • Art Index Retrospective
  • Arts & Humanities Citation Index
  • ARTstor Digital Library
  • Associated Press Images Collection
  • Grove Art Online (Oxford Dictionary of Art)
  • eBook related to art, animation, digital media, and related fields from many publishers

IMPORTANT: QuickSearch does NOT search every library database.  Also, QuickSearch does NOT have the same search capabilities as going directly to a specific database.

Tips for Searching QuickSearch

  • * Truncation:Use the asterisk to search for the variation of a word. Example: animat* will retrieve animation, animated, and animators
  • " " Phrase: Use quotation marks around a phrase. Example: "digital media"
  • Avoid punctuation in searches. QuickSearch often stumbles with - : ; and so forth.
  • Use the filters on the left side of the screen to refine search results.

Results List

  •   Click “Add to Folder”  icon located to the right of each article title to add a record to the folder so that you can print, email, and save them.
  •  Make sure to ‘Sign In’ on the top right side of the screen each time you access QuickSearch or one of the other EBSCOhost databases to keep article records and searches in your folder after you leave. Click on ‘Create a New Account’ to set up an account so that you can view your folder contents in future sessions.
  • Click on Search History located under the search boxes to see all of the searches you’ve completed. You can also save your search strategy here.
  • Click on the Folder icon  at the top of the screen to see all of the contents of your folder.

Individual Records

  • After clicking on an item to see the individual (Detailed) record, you will see icons that allow you to print, email, save, cite, or export a citation.
  • The CITE icon displays how the article should be cited in various citation styles, including APA.
  • You also have the option to send the citation to RefWorks and EndNote.
  •  You may email, print or save in QuickSearch using links on the right side of the pages.
  • Click on the “Find Full Text”  icon to see options to get the full text of the article. The “Show Options/Request Item” links to Interlibrary Loan.
  • If the library does not own the journal you need online, you can order an electronic copy of the article through Interlibrary Loan: Interlibrary Loan is free and is very fast.