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Welcome to the DCTC Library's Interior Design subject guide. On this page you will find helpful information about the research and writing process, including links to help you evaluate and cite your sources.

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 Interior Design program, including some tutorials for these resources.

Let's get started!

Evaluating information

Citing sources

Avoiding plagiarism

Writing help

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 Interior 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 interior design are shelved in the NK and TH call number ranges. Ask a librarian if you need help finding anything.

Here are just a few of our books about interior design


Magazines are a great place to find examples of interior design.


Better Homes and Gardens We have print issues of Better Homes and Gardens from the past three years, plus online coverage from 2017 to the present.


House Beautiful We have print issues of House Beautiful from the past three years, plus online coverage from 1999 to the present via EBSCO and Gale.


Midwest Living We have print issues of Midwest Living from the past three years, plus online coverage from 2017 to the present.


Southern Living We have print issues of Southern Living from the past three years, plus online coverage from 2010 to the present.


Online Resources

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. I recommend clicking on the Browse button at the top of the screen, then clicking on Creative in the left margin, then clicking on AEC for architecture, engineering, and construction topics. Under Explore AEC topics, choose Interior Design and you'll find many hours of content.

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Selected ebooks

Here are just a few of the ebooks about interior design you'll find in our EBSCO eBook Collection:


NA2850Spatial Strategies for Interior Design
Ian Higgins, 2015


NK2113.5Drawing for Interior Design
Drew Plunkett, 2014


NK2116Interior Design
Jenny Gibbs, 2010



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.​