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Library Databases

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Library Databases

Use library databases to find articles, images and to access tutorials on everything from Photoshop to building a webpage. The library’s research databases are licensed for use by KCAI students, faculty and staff only.

Access the research databases here. Log in with your KCAI email user ID and password. If you have any problems, contact the library at 816-802-3390.

Getting Started

Encyclopedia Britannica

A comprehensive and authoritative encyclopedia that includes a dictionary, thesaurus and world atlas.

Oxford English Dictionary

Authority on the evolution of the English language including meaning, history and pronunciation of more than 500,000 words.


A database of more than 185,000 artists, which includes biographical information, quick facts and more.

Visual Thesaurus

Use the Visual Thesaurus to search for just the right word, using interactive word maps, as well as definitions, writing analysis and more.

Find Articles

Art Source

In addition to its own unique titles, Art Surce includes all of the content from Art Full Text and Art Index Retrospecive. This database, in conjunction with Art & Architecture Complee, provides comprehensive coverage of a broad range of arts-related subjects. Providing more than 600 full-text journals, more than 200 full-text books and a collection of more than 63,000 images, it is designed for use by a diverse audience, including art scholars, designers and students.


A full-text archive of back files of 151 scholarly multidisciplinary journals.

Academic Search Elite

Multidisciplinary database indexing and providing full-text access to more than 2,100 journals.

MasterFile Premier

Full text for nearly 1,700 multi-disciplinary periodicals as well as access to over 500 reference books, over 107,000 primary source documents, and an Image Collection.

Find Images


A repository of more than one million images specific to art and design fields from a wide range of cultures and time periods.

Britannica Image Quest 

Two million images from fields as diverse as fashion and chemistry.

Learn Skills


Lynda.com is a collection of software training videos including tutorials on software from Microsoft Word to Photoshop and Maya.

Learning Express Library / Job and Career Accelerator

This is a one-stop platform for jub hunters, providing multiple resources to help you search for open positions, create cover letters and resumes, apply for jobs and track your applications. You will create your own account on this site.

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Access subject guides

Quickly access research guides for all major departments.

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