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This guide is intended to connect you to our library resources and reliable websites to assist you in your research. Click on the tabs above for information on how to find books, articles, streaming videos, citation assistance, and more. Contact your librarian with any questions.

New Books

Check out some of our newer titles. Click on the cover to view the book in the catalog.

Here are a few related topic guides.

Art Topic Guide

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Music Topic Guide

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Library Catalog

Find books, DVDs, government documents, and more from any of the 5 CAC Libraries and all of the Pinal County Public Libraries.

If the book you want is at a different campus or one of the public libraries, hit the request button and enter your login information. Your barcode is found on your ID (not your 880 number) and your password is the last 4 numbers of your phone number.

Your student or staff ID is your library card. Twenty items can be checked out at one time, books for 3 weeks and DVDs for 10 days.

Use the call number to find items on the shelf. NC is the main section but listed below are more.

  • N – Fine Arts
    • N – Visual Arts (General)
    • NC – Drawing. Design. Illustration
      • NC1-45 General
        Including collective biography
        NC50-266 History of drawing
        NC390-670 Study and teaching
        NC673-677 Competitions
        NC703-725 General works
        NC730-758 Technique
        NC760-825 Special subjects
        NC845-915 Graphic art materials
        NC930 Conservation and restoration of drawings
        NC950-(996) Illustration
        NC997-1003 Commercial art. Advertising art
        NC1280-1284 Printed ephemera. Imagerie populaire
        NC1300-1766 Pictorial humor, caricature, etc.
        NC1800-1850 Posters
        NC1860-1896 Greeting cards, postcards, invitations, book jackets, etc.
        NC1920-1940 Copying, enlarging, and reduction of drawings
    • ND – Painting
    • NE – Print Media
    • NK – Decorative and Applied Arts
    • NX – Arts in general
  • H – Social Sciences
    • HF – Commerce
      • HF5801-6182 Advertising
  • P – Language and Literature
    • P – Philology. Linguistics
      • P87-96 Communication. Mass media
  • Q – Science
    • QA – Mathematics
      • QA76.75-76.765 Computer software
  • Z – Bibliography, Library Science, Information Resources (General)
    • Z – Books (General). Writing. Paleography. Book Industries and trade. Libraries. Bibliography
      • Z242.9-264.5 Practical printing
        Including printing as a business, layout, paper and ink,
        machinery, type and type founding, electrotyping,
        desktop publishing, typesetting, presswork


Lists materials from libraries worldwide and can be checked out through InterLibrary Loan. Come and speak to a library staff member to request books.


eBook Collection (EBSCO)

A growing collection of books covering a wide range of topics. Search by keyword(s).

Gale eBooks

Complete, full-text eBooks covering most topics including subject-specific encyclopedias. Search by keyword(s).

*Articles, eBooks, and streaming videos accessed through our databases are available only to CAC students, faculty, and staff. For this reason, authorized users who are off-campus must log in through Blackboard. Once in Blackboard, select CAC Library Page under Your Institution or Student Library Resources under Organizations, then select Databases: Articles, eBooks, and Streaming Videos.

Instructional Videos

Here are some instructional videos on using your library account online and access the library’s eBooks. You can view more of our instructional videos on our YouTube page.

Journal Articles*

Academic OneFile

In addition to using search terms in a keyword search, Academic OneFile lets you search in a way that gives you a good overview of the number of articles on a certain subject.  For example: click on Subject Guide Search and enter graphic design to auto-populate appropriate search terms. Click on the link for Subdivisions to find articles on specific topics within the overall subject or click on Related Subjects to find broader, narrower, and related terms. You can also find related subjects under Marketing in the Browse by Discipline section.


*Articles, eBooks, and streaming videos accessed through our databases are available only to CAC students, faculty, and staff. For this reason, authorized users who are off-campus must log in through Blackboard. Once in Blackboard, select CAC Library Page under Your Institution or Student Library Resources under Organizations, then select Databases: Articles, eBooks, and Streaming Videos.

Access journal articles by entering your keyword(s) into the Search box. OmniFile also lets you search by subject. Click the Advanced Search link and select SU Subject from the drop-down Select a Field (optional) menu to the right of the search box.

Fine Arts Collection

Search by keyword(s) for information on drama, music, art history, and film-making.

Gale Power Search

Search by keyword(s) all available Gale databases and modules from just one place.

Pop Culture Studies Collection

Search by keyword(s) in this comprehensive collection of periodicals supporting pop culture.

Pop Culture Universe

In addition to having a Quick Search feature, Pop Culture Universe lets you browse topics. Most topics have a Visual Arts link located at the bottom of the alphabetical list.

Streaming Videos*

Films on Demand

Find full length streaming videos by entering a keyword in the Search box. Click on the triple bar symbol to view all subjects. Digital Media is under the subject Media Studies.

Digital Magazines

Artist’s Magazine

Artist’s Magazine features artists and art in all types of media and styles.

Suggested Search Terms

Digital Media, Mass Media, Digital Signage, Design, Graphic Design, Graphic Arts, Graphic Artists, Graphic Arts Industry, Digital Communications, Communication Design, Visual Communication, Visual Art,Marketing,  Magazine Design, Commercial Art, Corporate Design, Logos Design, Branding, Editorial Design, Magazines, Newspapers, Books, Layout (Printing), Web Site Design, Page Layout, Product Packaging, Poster, Drawing, Prints, Printmaking, Advertising, Typography, Dreamweaver, Adobe, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Computer Graphics,

Instructional Videos

Scroll through to view our research and database instructional videos or check them out on our YouTube page.


American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA)

AIGA, the professional association for design and the profession’s oldest and largest professional membership organization for design with more than 70 chapters and more than 18,000 members, advances design as a professional craft, strategic advantage, and vital cultural force.

Linkedin Learning

LinkedIn Learning, formerly Lynda, is an online educational platform that helps you discover and develop business, technology-related, and creative skills through expert-led course videos. With more than 5,000 courses and personalized recommendations, you can discover, complete, and track courses related to your field and interests.

Here are some reliable and helpful websites. Remember that anyone can put information online so it is always important to verify that what you find is accurate and unbiased.

Adobe Software

Adobe Creative Cloud Training Courses

Best-in-class training courses for popular apps in Adobe Creative Cloud. Delivered through a seamless learning experience.

Adobe Creative Cloud YouTube


Adorama’s 42 West

Adorama is the world’s only full-service destination for photo, video and electronics. Adorama’s 42West is the content destination for photographers, filmmakers, audio creatives and all things electronic with up-to-date editorial features on all the latest gear, how-to’s and interviews.

B&H Photo Video

The world’s largest source of photography, video, and audio equipment, as well as computers, drones, and home and portable entertainment.


Free live online classes in photography, art, design, craft & DIY, marketing, business, and entrepreneurship. Available on-demand 24-7.


Fstoppers is a community based photography news website featuring the latest industry news and original articles from photographers and videographers.

Website Building, Coding, and Design


freeCodeCamp is an open source community that helps you learn to code, build pro bono projects for nonprofits, and get a job as a developer.


W3Schools is a web developers site, with tutorials and references on web development languages such as HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP, SQL, Python, jQuery, Java, C++, C#, React, XML, W3.CSS, and Bootstrap, covering most aspects of web programming.


WordPress is open source software you can use to create a beautiful website, blog, or app.

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MLA 9th ed.


Last Name, First Name, and First Name Last Name. Title of Book. Edition if needed, Publisher, Publication Date.


Haenfler, Ross. Goths, Gamers, and Grrrls: Deviance and Youth Subculture. 3rd ed., Oxford UP, 2016.

Journal Articles from a Library Database

Last Name, First Name. “Title of Article.” Title of Journal, Volume, Issue, Publication Date, Page Range (p. for 1 page, pp. for multiple). Title of Container, URL (without the https://).


McDermott, Jim. “My Inner Zombie: Living with ‘The Walking Dead.” America, vol. 213, no. 12, 26 Oct. 2015, p. 29. Academic OneFile, ps/

Here are handouts with additional examples and further assistance can also be found on our Citation Guide.

MLA 9th ed. Handout (PDF)

APA 7th ed.

Books and eBooks

Author, A. A., Second, B. B., & Third, C. C. (Year of publication). Title of book: Capital letter also for subtitle. Publisher. DOI or URL if available.


Wilson, F. (1998). The hand: How its use shapes the brain, language, and human culture. Pantheon.

Print and Electronic Journal Article

Author(s), A. A., Author, B. B., & Author, C. C. (Year of Publication). Title of article. Title of Journal, volume number(issue number), pages. DOI or URL if available.


Craner, P. M. (1991). New tool for an ancient art: The computer and music. Computers and the Humanities25(3), 303-313.

Here are handouts with additional examples and further assistance can also be found on our Citation Guide.

APA 7th ed. Handout (PDF)

Purdue Owl

The Purdue OWL (Online Writing Lab) is a very respected website that can provide guidance on many of the finer points of citing in MLA or APA.


RefWorks is an easy to use citation manager that can help you…

  • Access and manage research information online, from any browser.
  • Import references from CAC Library databases and websites.
  • Generate and format bibliographies in virtually any style (APA, MLA, Chicago, etc.) in seconds.

RefWorks is offered free to all CAC students and you can set up your account any time you are ready.  Simply follow the link below and create your account using your campus e-mail address.  After you create your account, RefWorks offers an easy tutorial when you get started.  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact a librarian or the Learning Center staff with any other questions you might have.

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