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Meet your Librarian – Kirsten Pairpoint

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About Kirsten

Kirsten Pairpoint is the Subject Librarian responsible for Design for Publishing, Graphic Communication, Graphic Design, User Experience Design and Illustration, as well as Research Degrees. She studied Graphic Information Design at the University of Westminster and worked at the National Art Library at the Victoria and Albert Museum where she curated the Annual Illustration Awards.

How can I help you?

You can book one to one tutorials with me to help you with your research or referencing, please contact me via email or you can drop into the library office (DS103) to have a chat!

I work Wednesday mornings and all day Thursday and Friday.

As a team, we also provide research and referencing drop-in sessions to assist you in the run-up to written work hand-ins, keep an eye on Instagram (@norwichuni_library) for times and dates.

Norwich University of the Arts Library holds:

  • 38,000 printed items (including journal archives, special collections and exhibition catalogues)
  • 500,000+ ebooks
  • 3,000 journal titles (mostly electronic)

The Library is a repository for the University’s Special Collections and associated archives, which offer a wealth of source material for research purposes.

There are also a number of databases available covering a wide range of interests, including a searchable archive of over 2 million TV and radio broadcasts, access to BFI Films, statistics, images, OS maps and more.

Databases & Online Resources

Contained in our Journal Archives are back issues of currently received titles as well as those that are no longer published, such as the defunct, but still ground-breaking Émigré; Ray Gun; Dot, Dot, Dot; and Baseline. We also hold historical issues of beloved style magazines, including i-D and The Face; contemporary arts journals like Parkett and Freize and a selection of photography, textiles and fashion journals, with our fifty-year run of Vogue being a highlight.

Journals and Magazines

Resources about Research

Have a look at our Researching for Your Studies page for resources that will guide you in developing your ideas.

Researching for your studies

Requesting books / journal articles from other libraries

The library is part of an inter library loan service with the British Library and participating universities, so if there is something that you need that isn’t in the collection, it can usually be borrowed for you from elsewhere or bought for our collection where necessary. This service is provided free of charge, please use the New Item Request Form.

New Item Request Form

Using other libraries

The SCONUL Access Scheme

This is a reciprocal arrangement between university libraries that allows you as a postgraduate research student to use study spaces, resources and borrow some books from other university libraries. Norwich University of the Arts Library is a member of this scheme which means you can sign up for a SCONUL card and gain access to other university libraries. For more details and to fill in an online application form, please see the SCONUL website.

SCONUL Access (opens in a new window)

University of East Anglia

As well as access via your SCONUL card the UEA has walk-in user access to its e-resources.

Visit the UEA Library (opens in a new window) UEA Walk-In User Access (opens in a new window)

Robert Sainsbury Library (Sainsbury Research Unit)

A specialised library in the indigenous arts and material culture of Africa, the Pacific Region and the Americas. Based on the UEA campus and allowing access via SCONUL.

Robert Sainsbury Library (opens in a new window)

University of the Arts London

UAL is the validating body for PGR degrees undertaken at Norwich University of the Arts.
Please note UAL libraries may only be accessed via the SCONUL scheme.
UAL Research Online, their repository of research (including theses) in creative arts, design and media is open access and available to all.

UAL Research Online Theses Database (opens in a new window) UAL Libraries (opens in a new window)

Any Questions?

If you would like help with research, referencing or anything else library related please just ask:

Email: library@norwichuni.ac.uk

Call: +44 (0) 1603 751469

Online Resources

As well as printed materials, the Library also has a wide selection of online resources to help you with your research.

Useful online resources for Research Degrees

Resource Type

E-Journals

Location:

Off-campus On-campus

Art & Architecture Source

Search here for articles from a variety of subjects including Art and Art History; Architecture; Graphics; Interior Design; Decorative Art; Commercial Art; and Film, TV and video.

Access Resource
Company Logo: ProQuest

Resource Type

E-Journals

Location:

Off-campus On-campus

Art, Design and Architecture Collection

Search here for results from current publications in the fields of visual and applied arts. You can find material on Modern and Contemporary Art, Artists, and Movements; Architecture; Design; Crafts; Photography; and Art History.

Access Resource

Resource Type

TV, Video and Sound

Location:

Off-campus On-campus

BFI Player

Stream new, cult and classic films – instant access to exceptional movies hand-picked for you by people with a passion for cinema. 

To create a new account follow the link and sign up using your university email address.

Step by step guidance to create an account can be found here (this link opens in a new window)

As members of the BFI subscription service we also have access to free scans of chapters and articles, search the database here for a full list of what they have in their collections.

Access Resource

Resource Type

TV, Video and Sound

Location:

Off-campus On-campus

Box of Broadcasts

BoB is an up to date television streaming service available to all students and staff. BoB allows you to view recently aired programmes from over 65 channels and there is a searchable archive of 2 million broadcasts. You can also record programmes aired in the last 30 days which will be stored on the service permanently, meaning you can watch them again and again. Best of all, you do not need a TV license to use this service.

This service is not available outside of the UK. You will need to register with BoB when you first try and access it.

Video resources to support accessing and using BoB are available on the VLE.

Further resources on how to use BoB  (opens in a new window)

Access Resource
Company Logo: ProQuest

Resource Type

E-Journals

Location:

Off-campus On-campus

British Periodicals 1681-1939

This database provides access to the searchable full text of hundreds of periodicals from the late seventeenth century to the early twentieth, comprising millions of high-resolution facsimile page images. Topics covered include literature, philosophy, history, science, the social sciences, music, art, drama, archaeology and architecture.

Access Resource
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Publications

As well as printed materials, the Library also has a wide selection of online resources to help you with your research.

Useful online publications for Research Degrees

Design and Culture magazine cover

Resource Type

Journal

Location:

Off-campus On-campus

Where to access:

Online

Status:

Current

Design and Culture

Design and Culture reflects the state of scholarship in the field of design and nurtures new or overlooked lines of inquiry that redefine our understanding of design.

Access Resource

Resource Type

Journal

Location:

Free Online

Where to access:

Online

Status:

DIRECTORY OF OPEN ACCESS JOURNALS (DOAJ)

DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals) contains almost 17 500 peer-reviewed, open access journals covering all areas of science, technology, medicine, social sciences, arts and humanities.

Access Resource

Resource Type

Journal

Location:

Off-campus On-campus

Where to access:

Online

Status:

Current

Drawing: research, theory, practice

Promotes and disseminates drawing research with a focus on contemporary practice and its theoretical context.

Access Resource
Harvard Design Magazine logo

Resource Type

Magazine

Location:

On-campus

Where to access:

Print

Status:

Current

Harvard Design Magazine

Probes beyond the established design disciplines to enrich and diversify current discourse. Scholarly, poetic, and visually lush, each issue triggers new interpretations of design’s defining role in today’s culture. Distinguished and unexpected voices from the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, and urban planning meet those from the realms of art, science, literature, and beyond. Publishes twice yearly.

Access Resource

Resource Type

Journal

Location:

Free Online

Where to access:

Online

Status:

Open Access

International Journal of film and media arts

The International Journal of Film and Media Arts is an open access, subsidized by the Film and Media Arts Department of Lusófona University, Lisboa, Portugal. IJFMA is a semiannual publication focusing on all areas of film and media arts research and critique, namely animation, television, media arts and videogames, and their varied social and cultural forms of expression and materialization.

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