Find Articles & Media

Find academic, news, and encyclopedic articles, streaming video, image collections and more.

Remember, not everything can be found in a book! Use the databases below to find scholarly articles, reference material such as encyclopedic articles, images, and streaming video. If off-campus, you'll be asked to login with your MICA username and password.

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Getting Started with Research

Use these resources for getting started with your research or getting quick information about disciplines, artists, and more.

Full-Text Finder Finder

Index for journals and magazines available in print at the library or in full-text (aka the entire article) online. Includes ebooks.    Full-Text Finder

Decker Library Research Guides

Each program at MICA has its own research guide maintained by your program librarian. Contains information about your program or discipline.    Decker Library Research Guides

Google Scholar

All disciplines, from 20th century to present. Login with your MICA email to see what's available in full-text via Decker Library.    Google Scholar

Art, Architecture, & Design Information

These resources are specific to art, architecture, and design topics. Does not include streaming video (for that, see Images & Media section below).


Art and design information, from 19th century to present.   AskArt


Multi-discplinary information, all time periods. Please note some materials will be abstract only.    JSTOR

Material Connexion

Discover materials for all disciplines from contemporary time period.   Material Connexion

Grove Art Online

Mostly Western art-focused, from all time periods.   Grove Art Online


New media arts from contemporary time period.   Rhizome

Images & Media

Use these resources to find collections of images and streaming video.

Alexander Street Press

Art & Architecture-focused documentary films, modern to contemporary.   Alexander Street Press


Art, architcture, & design images, mostly Western, all time periods. Note: if you've never used Artstor before, you have to register at a computer on-campus first.   Artstor

Image Quest

Many rights-cleared images from all time periods.   Image Quest

Multi-disciplinary Resources

Resources that are less focused on fine art and design and more relevant to other disciplines.

ACM Digital Library (Association for Computing Machinery)

Information on computing, from 20th century to present.   ACM Digital Library

ERIC (Educational Resource Information Center)

Information on Education, 20th century to present.   ERIC

Google Scholar

All disciplines, from 20th century to present. Login with your MICA email to see what is available via Decker Library.   Google Scholar


Information on environmental issues, 20th century to present.   Greenfile


Multi-disciplinary information, all time periods.   JSTOR

Masterfile Premier

All areas of general interest, late 20th century to present.   Masterfile Premier

National Newspapers

Top newspapers, late 20th century to present. Includes The Baltimore Sun, The New York Times, and The Washington Post.   National Newspapers

Tutorial-Based Databases and Writing

Use these resources to learn new skills and get help with writing and citation management.

Online learning platform to learn business, software, technology, and creative skills. Includes many tutorials on Adobe Creative Suite and much more.

MICA Writing Studio

One-on-one tutoring sessions, programming, and resources to help with written and verbal skills.   MICA Writing Studio


Just one of many free online tools to collect, organize, and cite your research.   Zotero

Other Libraries and Search Tools

Baltimore City and neighboring counties have a wide variety of resources available to the MICA community. Use these resources to find material at other libraries or request that we borrow from other libraries on your behalf (aka interlibrary loan).

BALC (Baltimore Academic Library Consortium)

MICA has reciprocal borrowing with nine colleges and universities in the vicinity. You can borrow from the libraries listed here.    BALC

Enoch Pratt Free Library

If you attend MICA, you can apply for a Pratt Library card (and you should)! Pratt Free Library is Baltimore City's public library system. Register to use their incredible resources.    Enoch Pratt Free Library

Interlibrary Loan (Borrow From Other Libraries)

If we do not own something you're looking for, we can borrow materials (books and media) from other libraries on your behalf. This service takes roughly one to two weeks for delivery.    Interlibrary Loan (Borrow From Other Libraries)


Search across most library catalogs in North America to discover resources beyond what is available at Decker Library. Provides results based on your zip code.    WorldCat