As a current student, faculty or staff member, you may click on any of the links below to access Pennsylvania College of Art & Design’s electronic resources.


The ARTstor provides more than one million images with tools for teaching and reasearch. Its collections comprise contributions from outstanding museums, photographers, libraries, scholars, photoarchives, and artists and artists’ estates from all over the world. Read the full list here.

The collections encompass a wide variety of subject areas, including art, architecture, music, religion, anthropology, literature, world history, American Studies, Asian Studies, Classical Studies, Medieval Studies, Renaissance Studies, and more. Find sample subject guides here.

Click on the links below for additional ARTstor resources
ARTstor Help

ARTstor Instructional Videos on YouTube

Live ARTstor-led Instructional Webinars


A comprehensive database of American artists and international artists’. There are over 200,000 artists in the database.


Britannica Academic

Continuously updated reference site with more than 7,500 articles and more than 23,000 biographies. Britannica Online includes World Data Analyst, Gateway to the Classics, Meriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary and Thesaurus, Meriam Webster’s Dictionary of Quotations, selected full-text articles from EBSCO and ProQuest journals, BBC & New York Times daily headlines, The Web’s Best, World Atlas and Workspace, a research organizer.


Contemporary Authors

Biographical and bibliographical information on more than 145,000 of today’s most influential authors.


Credo Reference

A great place to start developing your base knowledge on a subject with access to 551 plus highly-regarded titles from over 70 publishers, covering every major subject.



An online bibliography composer and MLA informational resource.

Click on the links below for more MLA formatting help

Student Resources

MLA Style Center


EBSCOhost includes the following databases:

Academic Search Elite

A core resource of scholarly information containing over 2,000 full-text journals.

AP Images

Photographs, audio sound bytes, graphics and text covering more than 160 years of history.

Art Museum Image Gallery (AMIG)

Thousands of high-quality art images and related multimedia.

Art Source

Art Source covers a broad range of subjects from fine, decorative and commercial art to various areas of architecture and architectural design.

Biography Reference Center

A comprehensive collection of full-text biographies.

EBSCO eBooks

Full text electronic books. These books can also be accessed through the library’s online public access catalog (OPAC).


A collection of scholarly, government and general-interest titles includes content on global warming, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, etc.

Points of View Reference Center

Points of View is a full-text database of essays covering multiple sides of current issues.

Electronic Books

Cornell Open

Classic out-of-print books openly accessible.

EBSCO eBooks
A collection of nearly 9,000 books that may be “signed-out” for viewing electronically. Many are avaialbe to download offline to your laptop or eReader device, such as Kindle or Nook. Access is available by going directly to the EBSCO eBook collection or through the library’s OPAC.

To download offline, you must first register on campus and then sign-in to your account.
How do I download eBooks to my offline device?

Project Gutenberg
A collection of over 45,000 eBooks to read on your computer or freely download to your eReader, mobile device or other portable device.

Getty Research Portal
The Getty Research Portal™ is a free online search platform providing access to art history texts in the public domain covering art, architecture, material culture, and related fields.

Google Books
Millions of books available to preview or read.


Electronic Reserves

Required or recommended readings selected by the faculty for student access and placed on reserve. Copyright of all articles is the property of the posted copyright holder and content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or pasted to a list-serve without the copyright holder’s express written permission. However, users may print, download or email articles for individual educational use.


FAQs About the Library and Research and Study Skills

Questions and answers about the most frequently asked questions. Information will be added on an ongoing basis.


Jstor – Register and Read Program

Sign up for free, read-online access to 3 items each 14 days.  It includes access to more than five million journal articles.  Follow instructions on the link provided.


Lexis-Nexis Academic

Full-text documents from thousands of news, business, legal, medical and reference publications.



Thousands of online video-based instruction covering software, creative and business skills.


National Geographic

National Geographic Virtual Library featuring: Magazine Archive 1988 – Present


PA Power Library

e-Resources provided in part by Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds
from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services and through Library Access Funds
administered by the Office of Commonwealth Libraries, Department of Education,
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Tom Wolf, Governor.

You will need a current public library card from the any of the libraries in the Library System of Lancaster county.


Pennsylvania Job Resource

Sites provided by PA government entities to help with job resources



Creative commons Art History and Archaeology resource for teachers and students.


Stash Media

Access to the planet’s largest online library of animation, VFX and motion design. Stream, search and build your own playlists from over 3,500 exceptional commercials, music videos, title and broadcast designs, game cinematics, short films and more – complete with exclusive interviews, behind the scenes features, production notes, credits, tool-kits and links for every project.