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Welcome to the DCTC Library's Graphic Design Technology subject guide. On this page you will find general information about the Library and helpful resources for learning about copyright and legal forms.

The 2nd page has information about the resources in our library and how to find them using our catalog.

The 3rd page is a gateway to the Library's best online resources and web sites for the Graphic Design Technology program.

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Legal forms and information

Contracts and legal forms are part of working with clients. Here are some helpful books and web sites that cover some of the legal aspects of graphic design.

KF390 Legal Guide for the Visual Artist

Legal Guide for the Visual Artist, 5th ed.
Tad Crawford, 2010
Main KF390 .A7 C73 2010

KF390 Business and Legal Forms for Graphic Designers

Business and Legal Forms for Graphic Designers, 4th ed.
Tad Crawford, 2013
Main KF390 .A7 C739 2013



Graphic designers need to understand copyright - how it protects your work and how to avoid plagiarizing other artists' copyrighted works. Here are some helpful books and web sites that cover copyright as it applies to graphic design and artwork.


NC1001.6 AIGA Professional Practices in Graphic DesignAIGA Professional Practices in Graphic Design, 2nd ed.
Tad Crawford, 2008
Main NC1001.6 .A44 2008


NC1001.6 Graphic Artists Guild HandbookGraphic Artists Guild Handbook: Pricing & Ethical Guidelines, 16th ed.
Graphic Artists Guild, 2021
Main NC1001.6 .G73 2021


In the Library

Course resources

Behind the circulation desk we have our Course Resources collection. These are books and videos that instructors have asked us to reserve for certain classes. Books on reserve must be used in the Library unless you have permission from your instructor to check them out overnight. Click on this image to see which books we currently have on reserve for Graphic Design courses.


Use our catalog, OneSearch, to find the books and videos on our shelves, plus ebooks and streaming videos.



The best way to begin your search is to enter one or two keywords on your topic. To narrow your results, use the Modify My Results options on the left side of the screen. You can also click on a relevant title and click on one of its subject headings to focus your search on that particular topic.

Please ask a librarian if you need help locating anything you find in our catalog.

If we don't have the book, video, or article you're looking for, you can request it via interlibrary loan (ILL) and it will come to you. It's easy! E-mail to let us know what you're looking for and we'll do the rest.


Our collection is organized by Library of Congress call numbers. If you like to browse, most books about graphic design are shelved in the NC997-1003 and Z246 call number ranges. Ask a librarian if you need help finding anything.

Here are just a few of our books about graphic design

Online Resources


There are millions of full-text articles in our EBSCO, Gale, and ProQuest databases. The best way to begin your search is to enter one or two keywords on your topic. Each database is different, but there will be ways to limit and focus your results so that you find the most relevant and useful articles available.


EBSCO Our EBSCO databases are an excellent place to start your search for magazine and journal articles.
Gale Our Gale databases are another great place to find magazine and journal articles.
ProQuestSearch hundreds of U.S. newspapers, newswires, and news sites with ProQuest U.S. Newsstream.


Please visit the Library or e-mail if you have any questions about our online resources or if you'd like help finding articles on your topic.​

Free textbook

Graphic Design and Print Production Fundamentals is a free, online textbook published by British Columbia Institute of Technology and available for download from the University of Minnesota's Open Textbook Library.

Graphic Design and Print Production Fundamentals

LinkedIn Learning

LinkedIn Learning

LinkedIn Learning, formerly known as, offers thousands of self-paced video courses and tutorials. DCTC's subscription ended in 2023 but most public libraries in the Twin Cities region offer LinkedIn Learning. All you need is your (free) public library card. Click on your public library below to get started.

Once you've logged into your LinkedIn Learning account, you can browse or search for courses and tutorials. Graphic design content covers Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, web content, layout, typography, and more.

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