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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.
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Access PA/Ask Here PA

Have a question? Ask Here PA is designed to provide fast answers to your questions. A librarian is available 24/7 and in most cases, you will receive your answer within 15 minutes. If the question involves lengthy research, an Ask Here PA librarian will get you started and/or provide a referral for you.



Access PA/Interlibrary Loan

Pennsylvania College of Art & Design is a member of the Access Pennsylvania Database, a web-based union catalog and resource-sharing guide to member library collections.

You can search the database for books not available in the PCA&D Library collection. When you have located a book within the database, complete an online
PCA&D Interlibrary Loan Request form. The librarian will process your request and contact you when the book has arrived.




The ARTstor digital Library 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 that now covers international artists' auction records as well. There are over 200,000 artists in the database.


Atomic Learning

Tutorial series and curriculum resources provide short, easy-to-view and understand instruction and application tutorials. Also included is the 21st Century Skills Professional Development and Technology Integration solution, a valuable resource for developing skills to become globally competitive.

Remote access using your account created on campus.



Credo Reference

A great place to start with access to 551 highly-regarded titles from over 70 publishers, covering every major subject.




An online bibliography composer and MLA/APA informational resource.


Click on the links below for more MLA formatting help


How do I write an MLA formatted research paper?


Student Writing Guides


FAQs About the MLA Handbook




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 comrehensive collection of more that 461,0000 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, recycling, and more.


Points of View Reference Center

POV is a full-text database of essays covering multiple sides of 250 current issues.



Electronic Books


     EBSCO eBooks

A collection of nearly 9,000 books that may be "signed-out" for viewing electronically. Many are avaialbe to download ofline to your laptop or eReader device, such as Sony or Nook.  Access is available by going directly to the EBSCO eBook link or through the library's online public access catalog.


To download offline, you must first register and sign-in to your account.

For more information on EBSCO eBooks


  How do I download eBooks to my offline device?


     Project Gutenberg

A collection of over 40,000 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.


Encyclopedia Britannica Academic

Continuously updated reference site with more than 7,500 articles and more than 23,000 biographies. In addition, 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.



FAQs about the Library and Research & Study Skills

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


Franklin & Marshall College Library

The Pennsylvania College of Art & Design and Franklin & Marshall College have a library partnership that allows use of each other’s library by faculty and students enrolled in their respective institutions.

PCA&D students and faculty have access to the print book collection at both Franklin & Marshall libraries for borrowing and research purposes. On your first visit, you must have your PCA&D ID with current semester attending identifyer.  At the circulation desk, you will be asked to complete appropriate paper work; then you will be issued a Franklin & Marshall ID for use in that library.



LexisNexis Academic

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



Library System of Lancaster County

With the ownership of a public library card from the Library System of Lancaster County, students, faculty and staff have remote access to many online services.
A card from the Library System of Lancaster County is required to use the system. A card application may be downloaded from the library system’s website.




Any links to external websites and/or non-Pennsylvania College of Art & Design information provided on pages or returned from Web search engines are provided as a courtesy. They should not be construed as an endorsement by the Pennsylvania College of Art & Design of the content or views of the linked materials. The materials on these independent sites are solely the responsibility and opinions of the specified author(s) and are not statements of advice, opinion, support or information from the Pennsylvania College of Art & Design.

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