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Interior Design

Interior Design Guide to Library Resources

Interior Design Resources: 

Search the firm's name or building in the Avery or the Art & Architecture Archive if you are looking for drawings, details, photographs, plans, sections.

Materials Databases

Material Order SEARCH

Material Order is a shared online materials catalog that allows users to search the material collections of the Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD), Parsons School of Design, and the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD).

WGSN Lifestyle & Interiors

Included are snippets of the best content from WGSN, hand-selected from across the platform.

Web Archives

Books, eBooks, Videos

The National Emergency Library Provides Digitized Books to Students from Internet Archive

Public Books Database 

With university classrooms and libraries shuttered because of the COVID-19 crisis, scholars are facing disruptions not only in their teaching lives but also in their ability to access research materials. In response, many academic presses have made hundreds of their titles freely accessible online. The Public Books Database aims to catalog such resources in a single location and to highlight titles of particular interest.


The USModernist® Library is the world's largest open digital collection of major US 20th-century architecture magazines with approximately 2.8 million downloadable pages - all free to access. To find a specific Modernist house, put the architect name in quotes, plus the owner's last name:  "richard neutra" chuey.  To find a specific address, omit the street type (Rd, Dr, Way) and put in quotes, plus the city: "1502 Sharon" Charlotte. The Site Search includes all magazines plus all content on

Interior Design Collection

Most interior design books are located in the NA31-NA9428 call number range on the 7th floor, while reserve books are located on the 2nd floor.  

Recommend a Title for Purchase online form

Art & Design Videos (Films on Demand)

This vibrant selection of documentaries, interviews, biographies, and how-to videos spans the visual arts—from architecture, sculpture, painting, and photography to history, theory, criticism, and appreciation—with enough range to suit the needs of both basic and advanced courses.

Pinterest Boards

Interior Design Journals/Magazines @ RULA

Architecture Journals/Magazines @ RULA


BASICs eBooks covers subjects of architectural design, presentation, construction, building technology, professional practice, landscape architecture and urbanism. 

Springer Books includes Architecture & Design E-Books

Knovel includes Structural Engineering titles

EngNetBase includes Civil Engineering/HVAC titles

How to Search with Keywords

Your keywords are the main concepts or ideas of your paper. 

Shows how Boolean works (Synonyms with OR between them) AND (Synonyms)

For example the keywords for a paper on “youth employment in Canada” would be:

  • Youth
  • Employment
  • Canada


Use synonyms: Often there are multiple ways to express the same concept. For example these synonyms mean essentially the same thing – make sure to use them:

employment can also be:

  • job
  • work
  • career

Use “AND” and “OR”: By bridging your truncated keywords and synonyms with the capitalized search words “AND” and “OR” (known as Boolean operators), you can search for multiple concepts effectively.


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Useful keywords and terms

To find alternate search terms, keywords, and subject headings for your topic:

The Getty Art and Architecture Thesaurus Online


Scholarly/Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

Statistics, Data & GIS

Statistics by Region (Canada, Toronto, International etc.)

Statistics by Topic (Demography, Education, Homelessness etc.)

Research Data (<odesi>, Census, ICPSR etc.)

Business & Economics Data (Economics, Finance, Marketing)

Citing Data (How do I cite data, gis and maps?)


GIS Research & Instructional Support Services (Book an appointment, Workshops, GPS Loan etc.)

Please see our Guide on Statistics and Data Resources for more information. 

Thesis & Dissertations

Ryerson Theses (Research Papers)

More Theses (Research Papers)

Proquest Dissertations and Theses

Proquest Dissertations and Theses provides access to the full-text of over 400,000 Masters and PhD theses from 1997 onwards. In addition, citations are provided for over 1.6 million doctoral dissertations and master's theses from 1,000 North American and European graduate schools from 1861.

Theses Canada Portal

Provides electronic access to the full text of Canadian theses digitized between 1998 and 2002 and provides a record of all other theses in the National Library of Canada's collection (1965-).

Creative Commons License

This guide has been created by the Ryerson University Library and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution International 4.0 License unless otherwise marked.

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