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Design Fundamentals (Spring 2024 Circus theme): Start Here

Guide to support Spring 2024 class taught by Kerry Bechtel. Class has a circus theme.

Big Top Breakout escape room players:

No clue here to help you escape the circus tent, but this InfoGuide will be here to spotlight research tips and tricks and resources specific to this class, so come back anytime you need help!

Citing your work

Return to FYS / AES Research Hub


TIP: Clicking this icon will take you back to the Research Hub.

Books & eBooks at Smith Library Center

Finding Images without Infringing Copyright

Pay attention to the copyright of an image you plan to utilize for this class. Copyright is a grey area, and fair use sometimes doesn't apply as far as you think it will. Here are some places to find images that explicitly allow you to use and or remix them.

Infographic showing license types- from red (most restrictive) to green (least restrictive):

Image Sources for Class Exercise

Searching for Information

Think about keywords related to your topic in general, or a specific style/aspect/culture, to start your search in the library's catalog, WorldCat@SUWhen you find a good item, try the subject links to lead to more resources on the topic. Also browse the shelf nearby for related titles. Ask your librarian for advanced search tips!

Try some of these subject headings in WorldCat:

Circus performers| Circus- Social aspects | Popular Culture | Women circus performers | Clowns | Ringling Brothers | Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Combined Shows | Barnum, P. T. (Phineas Taylor), 1810-1891 | Circus owners | Performing artists  | Circus animals | Circus- history | Aerialists


Watch this tutorial video for some effective and time-saving searching strategies: