Remember, some databases will provide information for a large range of topics, while others will be more focused to the topic you are interested in.

Database Name Description

Academic Search Complete

Academic search complete is a database covering a huge range of topics. You will find material related to printing and often (but not always) you will get a link to the full text article in PDF format.

Business Source Complete

Business source complete is another wide ranging database but you will find some printing related material. Once again, some of the information will be available in full text PDF format.

Design and Applied Arts Index

Design and Applied Arts Index (DAAI) relates, obviously, to all aspects of design and applied arts, including printing. It only provides abstracts. This means you will get a summary of the article concerned. You will also find the information you need to locate the full text article.

Knovel Library

Knovel Library is a fantastic resource for all aspects of engineering, you'll also find some information on printing as well as material on adhesives, coatings and inks.


PIRA is a database covering Packaging, Paper, Printing and Publishing, Imaging and Nonwovens Abstracts. It covers both the scientific and business aspects of these various industries.

 Science Direct

 Science Direct is one of the largest databases subscribed to by the library. In it you will find information on all topics, including printing. Many of the results you find will be available in full text.

If you need any help accessing any of these databases please drop into Bolton Street Library or contact us at 01 402 3681 or

To access DIT Library's full list of databases click here.

To learn about accessing databases from home click here.


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