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FLEET LIBRARY | Research Guides

Rhode Island School of Design


A guide to library resources for Illustration students.

Suggest a Book

Click here to suggest items for the library. We welcome requests and recommendations for books, eBooks, magazines, and films to add to the library collection! RISD faculty and student requests are given first priority. Please check the Fleet library catalog before making a request, and contact Donna DeForbes ( with any questions.


Welcome to the Illustration Research Guide. This guide covers a wide range of available resources such as useful books, links, and digital resources.

Keep in mind that research is an iterative process; it will build on itself and is often better accomplished in multiple small steps. Art is often an interdisciplinary area of study so some resources might seem more relevant than others. This guide cannot list all possible resources, but it is a good place to start. If you have more questions or need additional help, just ask! There are librarians available to help you find answers.

Log In for Online Access

Your library account enables off-campus access to library databases as well as tools for managing your checked-out items. The VPN provided by IT Services also enables library database access - we recommend it to anyone who uses them frequently!

Get started: Visit the library homepage and click "My Account" in the top right corner. Follow the instructions on the screen.

my account Your Library Account login is your RISD email login.

  • RISD Username: your RISD username (without
  • Password: your RISD email password

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