Visual Culture

This page will help you get more out of your Library resources for your assignments, projects and dissertations in Visual Culture

This topic aims to bring together resources which include substantial non-textual content. Most of the resources listed are intended for private research and study purposes; some are for use within education; very few permit commercial use or use outside of the University.  To avoid infringement of copyright, always refer to the copyright or terms of use within each resource. If you are in any doubt, please visit the Copyright Guidelines web pages, in particular the Types of Material section.

The University subscribes to many online archives which also contain significant non-textual content. Visit the Subject Pages to find these.

• Archigram 

Online access to the work of this seminal group of architects.

• Artstor 

A database of almost 3 million images related to visual arts and culture. You can create, save and share groups of images and make presentations too. If you want to search for academic articles and images simultaneously, follow the link via the "J" JSTOR icon to the top left of the page.

You can access the basic subscription which includes 400+ high resolution sequences of athletes, artists, and dancers taken from one, two or three camera angles. Perfect reference for gesture drawing, anatomy study, and animation.

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fully searchable in EBSCO Discovery

More commonly known as a reference resource, Credo also includes substantial image collections. Search for your topic, then choose images from the results screen.

Additional access instructions:

For off campus access use this link

fully searchable in EBSCO Discovery

Detail Inspiration is an image and reference database with more than 3000 projects from the last 30 years of DETAIL Magazine (UK and German editions and Detail Green). Each project is accompanied by DETAIL project documents, which can be downloaded as PDFs. Please note that off campus access is via VPN only.

• Digimap 

fully searchable in EBSCO Discovery

Digimap is a collection of EDINA services that deliver maps and map data of Great Britain. We subscribe to the complete collection which provides access to modern and historic Ordnance Survey mapping, geological mapping, aerial photography, Lidar data, demographic data and more.

Other map resources are available on our Map Library webpages.

• Hantsphere 

Hantsphere is an online local heritage resource relating to the geographic county of Hampshire. You can search and explore digitised local studies collections from across Hampshire, including Southampton and Portsmouth. These collections comprise a selection of photographs, postcards, prints, books, newspaper articles, documents and images of artefacts from local libraries, archives and museums. The vast majority of digitised items originated in the Local Studies collections of Hampshire's and Portsmouth City's libraries.

Includes, photographs and drawings of England's archaeology, historic buildings and social history.

A database of images and clips to assist in the production of 3D characters for cinematic sequences and next generation game characters. Also known as 3DSK.

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fully searchable in EBSCO Discovery

Global Plants is a community-contributed database used by students and researchers. Global Plants lets herbaria share their plant type specimens, experts determine and update plant names, and students discover and learn about plants in context

Online access to Metropolitan Museum of Art's collections. All images have been made available without copyright restriction.

Creating exhibitions, events, collaborations, research and debates on the meaning of home.

Comprises over 20,000 images of vernacular architecture taken by Professor Paul Oliver MBE over a period of more than 50 years.

Provides access to thousands of animal and human motion clips.

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• RIBA Pix 

Online image collections from the RIBA and, therefore, focus on architecture and interior design. Images are watermarked, but they are of good quality and can be used for educational purposes.

A digital archive of more than 4.5 million images.


Includes access to over 100,000 images from a range of collections including the Design Council Archive, Imperial War Museum, London College of Fashion, National Fine Art Collection and Zandra Rhodes Digital Study Collection.

Search millions of objects in the V&A collections.

Many museums and galleries have free to access online collections. Google will help you find them!

A comprehensive 3D atlas of the human body. The following guide will help you to get the most from the Visible body resources.

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Additional access instructions:

To access Visible Body - Physiology and Pathology, Visible Body - Muscle Premium or Visible Body - Human Anatomy Atlas you will need to be on campus or use the VPN. 

For mobile access to your Visible Body site license click here and follow the instructions on screen.

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Explore more than 50,000 artworks and photographs ranging from medical and social history to contemporary healthcare and science.


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 Greta Friggens

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