Library Catalogue

Can be used to search for books, articles, DVDs and more in the Library’s print and online collection.



JSTOR is a full-text database of over 600 international journals and magazines including Art Bulletin, Art Journal, Burlington Magazine, Corinth, Journal of Design History, Leonardo, October, Oxford Art Journal and more.

After locating your article through the Library catalogue, you will be prompted to enter login details. Phone or email the Library to request the login details. The username and password are case-sensitive.

ProQuest Art, Design & Architecture

ProQuest Art, Design and Architecture is a collection of specialist contemporary art databases, with full-text, abstract and index references, with coverage from 1973 to now. It includes the specialist indexes ARTbibliographies Modern (covering modern and contemporary art), Design and Applied Arts Index (for all aspects of design and crafts) and the International Bibliography of Art (covering scholarship on Western art history). These include Art in America, The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, Art and Perception, Oxford Art Journal, and PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art.

ProQuest Art, Design & Architecture does not require separate login details provided you access items via the NAS Library catalogue and have logged into your Library account.

Proquest E-book Central Arts Collection

ProQuest eBook Central: Arts Collection includes over 8,500 ebooks on topics such as art, architecture, dance, design, music, performing arts, film/screen studies, and more.

You will need to set up an individual account to use the Library’s ProQuest eBooks using your personal email. View the ProQuest eBook Central set up guide for instructions on creating an account.

Research Help

You can get research help from Library staff via phone, email, or in person at the Library. If you’re just getting started with your research, read this post on the NAS Library blog for helpful advice for first-time researchers.

MFA and DFA students can book an appointment for a one-one-one research consultation with a librarian to discuss your specific research needs. Email to set up an appointment.


The National Art Schools’ preferred citation method is the Chicago Manual of Style, which uses a footnote and bibliography system.  You can view the NAS Library Chicago Referencing Guide for a list of commonly cited source types. For more complex citation queries you can consult the complete Chicago Manual of Style (17th edition), or contact NAS Library for assistance.

Academic Literacy

The National Art School has an Academic Literacy officer on hand to assist students in developing writing skills, including grammar and syntax, essay planning and structure, and referencing. One-on-one consultations are available for students on Tuesdays and Thursdays or by appointment.  Please book online at  or email Dr Molly Duggins at

Please note that this is not an editing service.

Library Stairwell Gallery

The Library Stairwell Gallery is a dedicated space in the Library for student exhibitions. BFA 2, BFA 3 and MFA students are eligible to apply to have a show in the Gallery. Follow NAS Library on Facebook or Instagram for updates on when applications are open. You can view previous exhibitions on the Library Stairwell Gallery blog.

Social Media and Library Blog

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