Subject Guides: Portfolio Preparation

Please note that following the recent Mackintosh Building fire, GSA Library is currently closed and access the print resources mentioned in this guide is not possible. Access to online resources in unaffected. We are working to re-establish a full service as soon as possible.

This quick guide provides you with information on the collections, services and facilities that are useful for your subject area, all helpfully gathered together in one place.

Get To Know Your Librarian

Your academic liaison librarian is here to support you during your studies, and can help you source, access and use the resources you need, both in GSA Library and elsewhere

Bobbie Winter-Burke
Office Hours: 09.00-17.00 Mon-Fri
Telephone: +44(0) 141 353 1413
Contact Your Librarian or Book an Appointment

Discover the Library

Use Discover to search across our print collection of 60,000 books and journals, as well as the 1000s of online resources we subscribe to on your behalf, all from a single search box.

Your results will provide details of a resource’s physical or virtual location and its availability. Read our Borrowing Materials page to find out more about how to borrow from us and your entitlements.

Browse Our Shelves

There may be times when you simply want to browse the library’s shelves for books on particular topics – the useful shelfmarks below will help you.

  • 001.4 Study skills
  • 302.35 Ideation, creativity and careers
  • 372.5 Arts education
  • 612 Anatomy and the body
  • 616.852 Health and wellbeing
  • 700.92 Artists A-Z
  • 701 Art theory and history
  • 701.1 Sign and symbol
  • 701.8 Shape, line and perspective
  • 701.85 Colour
  • 702.812 Collage
  • 709 Art movements and periods
  • 710 Public art
  • 710.05 Street art and graffiti
  • 720 Architecture
  • 730 Sculpture
  • 750 Painting
  • 770 Photography
  • 778.5347 Storyboarding

Browse Journals and Magazines

Journals and magazines are a great way of keeping up-to-date with contemporary practice in your field, because it can take a while for cutting-edge practice to be written up in books.

All our print journals are arranged on our shelves alphabetically by title, with the latest issues found in the reading area on Level 1 of the library. In many cases we also stock back-runs, and these can be found on rolling shelves towards the back of Level 0.

Please note that, unlike our books, journals are reference-only and cannot be borrowed, though individual articles can be photocopied subject to copyright limits.

Alongside our print journals, we also subscribe to 1000s of electronic journals.

Read Magazines On-The-Go

Our eMagazines service allows you to discover digital magazines across art, design and architecture, and read them online. For many of our magazines, past issues are also available for you. You can even download our e-magazines to your mobile device for offline reading – perfect for when you are out and about.

Read Past Dissertations

We hold past dissertations from most GSA programmes of study, often going back several years. Many students like to look at previous examples of successful dissertations when beginning to prepare their own. All our dissertations can be found in Discover.

Study Skills and Academic Writing

Learn how to find the information you need, critically evaluate it, and reference it correctly in your dissertations and projects with InfosmART, our award-winning portfolio of easy-to-follow interactive modules in study and research skills.

You will find books on study skills, research methodologies and academic writing at 001.4 on the library shelves.

Other Useful Resources

Depending on your interests or the projects or electives you undertake, the following resources may also prove useful to you during your studies.

Can’t Find What You Are Looking For?

There will be times when you require resources that even the most specialist of libraries cannot supply. But don’t worry, as there as several ways in which you can access the resources you need.