The Gnomon Library & Learning Resource Center is a place for inquiry, inspiration and innovation. We provide resources and materials that support the educational, professional, and personal information needs of our students, faculty and staff.
The Library collection is growing and includes course-related and professional resources such as books, access to online databases, trade industry magazines and newspapers all collected to reflect the diversity and richness of art, design and digital production courses offered by the college.
- Search The Online Catalog Use the online catalog to search for books, ebooks, and films! Enter your search terms in the search bar to get started. If you have questions or need help searching for materials, contact your Gnomon Librarian at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Course Reserves are materials made available by an instructor at the Gnomon Library. Items on reserve for a class may include one or more of the following: books, textbooks, films, magazine or journal articles, book chapters, and class handouts. See your instructor for details.
The Library does not purchase required textbook titles for the collections. If department or faculty copies are available, these may be placed on Course Reserves in the Library as faculty copies.
The Gnomon Library subscribes to select online databases to provide credible and authoritative information. While on-campus, just click the link of the database you want to explore to get started. To access any of these databases from home, please speak with your instructor or contact the librarian for login instructions at email@example.com. Thank you!
- ARTstor ARTstor is a multidisciplinary database that includes images and content for art, architecture, graphic arts, textiles, artifacts, and maps. On-campus access does not require a username or password; however it is strongly recommended that you create a personal account using your Gnomon email address to download, save, print or access images from off-campus.
- Credo Reference is a digital reference library containing a variety of reference books, dictionaries, encyclopedias and more. There are also subject-specific collections for arts, anatomy, visual communication and more. Click the link to access the site while on-campus. If you would like to access the site while off-campus, please contact the librarian at firstname.lastname@example.org for login instructions.
- Ebsco Service Selection Page There are a few different options from this page:
— EBSCOhost Research Databases will take you to our “eBook Collection” which includes digital full-text versions of general reference works, visual and digital effects titles, game animation and development, as well as career and resume guides.
— Flipster is a small collection of digital full-text industry and general interest magazines, including ImagineFX, 3D Artist, Wired, Animation and others.
If you have questions or need help accessing any of the Ebsco Services, please contact the librarian at email@example.com
- Stash Media, Inc offers access to an extensive library of animation, VFX and motion design projects. Browse commercials, music videos, title and broadcast designs, game cinematics, short films and more. Watch exclusive interviews, behind the scenes features, production notes, credits, toolkits and links for every project. Please be aware that access to Stash is limited to on-campus only.
Evaluating Sources Using P.R.O.V.E.N
P.R.O.V.E.N is a list of questions to help you “think critically while you evaluate information from the sources you find.”
Check out these online citation guides to learn more about how to credit sources, what sources need to be cited, and the format for each citation type.
- EasyBib: Find lots of great resources to help make your research paper awesome, including tips on writing a research paper, topics, and a citation generator.
- Purdue Online Writing Lab: The OWL resources help writers learn how to use the MLA (Modern Language Association) citation and format style. Find resources on in-text citation and the Works Cited page, as well as MLA sample papers.
The Gnomon Workshop
Full-time program students may access the Gnomon Workshop library of over 300 instructional videos featuring experts from the visual effects industries. Students can review tutorials covering “design, drawing, painting, modeling, texturing, rigging effects, and animation” among others.
If you are a full-time program student or have questions regarding the Gnomon Workshop, please contact the Registrar at firstname.lastname@example.org
Check out production equipment including digital cameras, lighting rigs, grip material and more. For questions or to reserve items, contact the Systems Engineers for more information at email@example.com.
Browse art and image websites, as well as sites linking to open access scholarly articles, career, and professional association information. All resources are available without login or other account registration requirements.
Art & Design Industry Sites
- 3dtotal.com offers lots of great content (e.g., news, galleries, etc.) in addition to FREE tutorials on programs like ZBrush, Maya, NUKE and more.
- Access anything and everything about Adobe tools and services with Adobe Learn.
- Anatomical Plates
- This collection features approximately 4500 full page plates and other significant illustrations of human anatomy selected from the Jason A. Hannah and Academy of Medicine collections in the history of medicine at the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto. Each illustration has been fully indexed using medical subject headings (MeSH), and techniques of illustration, artists, and engravers have been identified whenever possible. There are ninety-five individual titles represented, ranging in date from 1522 to 1867. The images in the online collection are derived from works in the public domain. The images may be used for the purposes of research, private study, or general interest.
- The Art Story
- "A site dedicated to bringing the “history of modern art to the public in a fresh and dynamic way.”
- Excellent site, containing profiles and general information on over 30,000 artists.
- Character Design
- Features “interviews and galleries from the top artists in animation, movies, games, illustration and comics.”
- Cinefex Blog
- The “Cinefex Blog” offers great behind-the-scenes insight from the latest visually fantastical films, and includes short films providing a glimpse into the “magic” of visual effects.
- Copyright Research Guide
- From the Getty Research Institute, the site is Intended to provide users with helpful resources for determining copyright status and obtaining permission to publish copyrighted materials.
- Feature Films
- Feature films, shorts, silent films and trailers are available for viewing and downloading.
- GDC (Game Developers Conference) YouTube Channel
- Find “in-depth talks, inspirational lectures and more from experts” presenting at the annual GDC, the “largest professional game industry event.”
- Getty Research Portal
- Free access to an extensive collection of digitized art history texts from a range of institutions. This multilingual and multicultural union catalog affords art historians and other researchers the ability to search and download complete digital copies of publications devoted to art, architecture, material culture, and related fields.
- Google Arts & Culture
- Google's "collaboration with some of the world’s most acclaimed art museums to enable people to discover and view more than a thousand artworks online in extraordinary detail.
- Historical Anatomies on the Web
- Anatomical atlases from the National Library of Medicine collection. Images are free to use, with credit to NLM.
- Moving Image Archive
- This library contains digital movies uploaded by Archive users which range from classic full-length films, to daily alternative news broadcasts, to cartoons and concerts. Many of these videos are available for free download.
- Nasa Content & Images
- NASA content - images, audio, video, and computer files used in the rendition of 3-dimensional models, such as texture maps and polygon data in any format - generally are not copyrighted.
- National Gallery of Art Images
- On this website you can search, browse, share, and download images. A standards-based reproduction guide and a help section provide advice for both novices and experts. More than 45,000 open access digital images up to 4000 pixels each are available free of charge for download and use.
- New York Public Library Digital Collections
- Provides access to over 700,000 images digitized from primary sources and printed rarities in the collections of The New York Public Library, including illuminated manuscripts, historical maps, vintage posters, rare prints and photographs, illustrated books, printed ephemera, and more.
- Pikwizard offers thousands of high quality images that you can download and re-use for free. They also provide clear guidance on how you can (legally) use each picture that you find on the site.
- A repository for public domain pictures that includes free vectors, free drawings and free photos. You can freely use any image from this website in digital and printed format, for personal and commercial use, without attribution requirement to the original author.
- Prelinger Archives
- In 2002, the film collection was acquired by the Library of Congress, Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division. Prelinger Archives remains in existence, holding approximately 11,000 digitized and videotape titles (all originally derived from film) and a large collection of home movies, amateur and industrial films acquired since 2002.
- Stock Footage
- A collection of stock footage clips submitted by Internet Archive users. The clips may be used in other videos.
- The Metropolitan Museum's Timeline of Art History
- A chronological, geographical, and thematic exploration of the history of art from around the world, as illustrated by the Metropolitan Museum's collection made possible by the Heilbrunn Foundation, New Tamarind Foundation, and Zodiac Fund.
Open Education Resources
- Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media
- Offers a "discussion of all aspects of film and screen media history, theory and criticism through multiple research methodologies and perspectives."
- American Research Journals
- Provides access to “academic journals in various disciplines,” including Social Sciences and Humanities (e.g., literature, history and culture).
- Art Journal Open
- “Present artists’ projects, scholarly essays, conversations and interviews, notes from the field, artifacts of materials and process, and news items.”
- CINEJ Cinema Journal
- "CINEJ Cinema Journal is committed to publishing fresh and original research in the fields of film and media studies."
- Contemporaneity: Historical Presence in Visual Cutlure
- Offers articles that explore the visual form from "prehistory to the present, as well as How "cultures around the world conceive of and construct their present and the concept of presentness visually."
- Digital Culture & Education
- Offers articles that discuss "the impact of digital culture on identity, education, art, society, culture and narrative within social, political, economic, cultural and historical contexts."
- Digital Humanities Quarterly
- Covers "all aspects of digital media in the humanities."
- Game Studies
- "The International Journal of Computer Game Research: “Explores the rich cultural genre of games and offers a peer-reviewed forum for ongoing discussions on games and gaming.”
- Image and Narrative: Online Magazine of the Visual Narrative
- "A peer-reviewed e-journal on visual narratology and word and image studies in the broadest sense of the term."
- Journal Digital Media Arts and Practice
- Presents articles that respond "to the rapidly developing field of digital media and arts in a variety of settings—academic, educational, artistic, political, and social."
- JSTOR Open Content
- Offers “a growing list of freely available ebooks and journals published by university publishers for anyone to use.”
- Media and Communication
- Is "dedicated to a wide variety of basic and applied research in communication and its related fields."
- Media Tropes
- "this eJournal addresses questions, problems, and issues at the intersection of culture and technology, broadly construed."
- Met Publications
- Provides access to “five decades of Met publications on art history available to read, download, and/or search for FREE.”
- The Animation Guild
- In addition to providing representation for animation and visual effects artists, members can register for a variety of classes and attend special events.
- ACM SIGGRAPH
- "An international community of researchers, artists, developers, filmmakers, scientists, and business professionals who share an interest in computer graphics and interactive techniques."
- International Game Developers Association
- A community with a playful and fun culture, in an industry based on creating stimulating experiences for others. Games engage and entertain. Fun is in our DNA and we embrace that.
- The International Animated Film Society (ASIFA)
- ASIFA promotes and encourages the art and craft of animation. Members attend free screenings, lectures, workshops, and more.
- The CGSociety
- "Supports artists at every level by offering a range of services to connect, inform, educate and promote digital artists worldwide."
- Visual Effects Society
- "A global professional honorary society and the entertainment industry's only organization representing the full breadth of visual effects practitioners including artists, technologists, model makers, educators, studio executives, supervisors, PR/marketing specialists and producers."
- Women in Animation
- WIA is the only organization dedicated to advancing women in the field of animation. We envision a world where women share equally in the creation, production and rewards of animation, and we provide resources and connections to make it happen.
- Anatomy for Sculptors
- Provides "reference images and interactive teaching tools while maintaining the classical know-how of the old-world European-style art academy."
- Anipages Daily
- An interesting blog offering behind the scenes looks at a variety of anime and world animation artists.
- Causes of Color
- Explore the three identified causes of color.
- HDRI Haven
- 100% free HDRIs, available to everyone with no account or sign-up required.
- Deemed "the ultimate web application for learning and demonstrating human joint behavior, and for creating complex human poses."
- Living Lines Library
- Find examples of production drawings, model sheets and more.
- New Masters Academy
- Find tutorials on drawing, painting, composition and more from knowledgable and practicing artists.
- Line of Action
- Find guidance on drawing among this collaborative artist group.
- Find examples of a variety of poses for nude sketching
- Simplifying Perspective: A Step-by-Step Guide for Visual Artists
- Breaks down the principles of perspective in easy-to-understand terms.
- The Groundlings
- Find performance dates and times for this improvisation theater.
- The Periodic Table of Storytelling
- An interesting perspective on and explanation of story tropes.
Find help with technology, checkout equipment or troubleshooting issues. Systems Engineers are available during all hours that the Gnomon campus is open.
The Librarian is available to help students and faculty with questions regarding research strategies or need help identifying resources for course assignments. Contact the librarian at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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