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a guide for courses that focus on and include content related to illustration

Getting Started

Not sure where to start?  

To find resources for your topic, consider using the following search terms as starting places:

MUW's Research Starters will provide you with background information about the topic as well as citations to articles that can lead you to more scholarly information:


If you are interested in a career in art or illustration, you may consider joining or accessing resources from some professional organizations: 

  • The Association of Illustrators was "established to advance and protect illustrator's rights and encourage professional standards."
  • College Art Association of America
  • The Guild of Natural Science Illustrators is "an association of individuals who communicate science visually and clarify scientific ideas. GNSI brings together these individuals and provides networking and professional development opportunities."
  • The Graphic Artists Guild aims to "help members compete effectively in an ever-changing field" as well as "enable graphic artists and other design professionals to build and maintain successful careers by providing skills and support."
  • National Art Education Association 
  • National Association of Independent Artists "provides a forum for artists to communicate with one another and other people in the arts community."
  • The National Cartoonists Society is "the world’s largest and most prestigious organization of professional cartoonists."  The organization aims to "advance the ideals and standards of professional cartooning in its many forms, promote and foster a social, cultural and intellectual interchange among professional cartoonists of all types, and stimulate and encourage interest in and acceptance of the art of cartooning by aspiring cartoonists, students, and the general public."
  • The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators is an organization for "individuals who write and illustrate for children and young adults. Our mission is to support the creation and availability of quality children’s books in every region of the world."
  • The Society of Illustrators’ mission is to promote the art of illustration, to appreciate its history and evolving nature through exhibitions, lectures, and education, and to contribute the service of its members to the welfare of the community at large.