UTS Library

Visual Communications: Databases

In this guide:

Use the Find Databases tool > Design > Visual Communications link for a full listing of databases on Visual Communications


  • Academic Search Complete - Tick the 'image quick view' box before searching to return only matches that contain diagrams or illustrations
  • Ad*Access
    Images and database information for over 7,000 advertisements printed in U.S. and Canadian newspapers and magazines between 1911 and 1955.
  • Advertising in America: 1850 - 1920
    Over 9,000 images, with database information, relating to the early history of advertising in the United States.
  • ArtStor -  Is a purely image database. It doesn't contain animation cells but does contain art and design content that may inspire you.
  • Compfight - A search engine for visual inspiration and free stock photos for the advertising community including images of creative commons and public domain.
  • Proquest the Arts- Is a journal database, but it has an image restriction feature available from advanced search under 'figures and tables'. It has a 'save to presentation' option also.
  • Tineye - Is a reverse image search engine built by Idée currently in beta. Give it an image and it will tell you where the image appears on the web.