Art history resources related to photography
Last Updated: Jan 31, 2013
The Discover Search Engine cross-searches all of the library databases using one set of keywords. If the number of results are overwhelming, try your search in one of the subject focused databases below.
- Find Books in McCain Library
Browse a list of subject terms related to photography to learn what kind of books McCain Library has about photographic techniques and theories. Tip: Write down the terms most useful for your research.
- Find Books at Other Libraries using Worldcat
Worldcat lets you search for books located in libraries across the country. You can either submit an interlibrary loan request to have the book send to McCain Library (for free!) or identify local libraries that may have a copy available for you to pick up today with an interlibrary use card. Tip: Use the Advanced Search screen and search for the subject terms you wrote down when search McCain Library's catalog.
- ARTstor Digital Library
ARTstor is a digital library of nearly one million images in the areas of art, architecture, the humanities, and social sciences with a set of tools to view, present, and manage images.
OCLC's Catalog of Art Museum Images Online — is a growing online collection documenting works of art from around the world, representing the collections of prominent museums. CAMIO highlights the creative output of cultures around the world, from prehistoric to contemporary times, and covering the complete range of expressive forms.
- Library of Congress Prints & Photographys Online Catalog
The Prints & Photographs Online Catalog (PPOC) provides access through group or item records to more than 50% of the Division's holdings, as well as to some images found in other units of the Library of Congress. Many of the catalog records are accompanied by digital images--about one million digital images in all.
- Start with a catalog of the artist work
Using Sophia (Find a Book) or Worldcat look for books that are catalogs of the artist work. In library catalogs these will be labelled in the subject term as catalog or catalog raissonaie. Also, if the artist is listed as the author of the book it may be a catalog. Catalogs will focus on a specific exhibit or a collection of works and will have essays on the work.
- Look for Academic Presses
When looking at a collection of books and catalogs try to select ones from Academic Presses. These include Phaidon, Thames and Hudson, and university presses (Yale, University of Chicago, University of California, MIT).
- Smaller presses
Smaller presses are fine, but they may be smaller exhibits.
- Recent publications are preferable
Though there may be great books about an artist written in the 1940s, any self respecting scholar of an artist will cover the major points of all scholarship that came before them.
- Last Updated Jan 20, 2015
This guide is a starting point for finding books, articles, images and more in your research in Art and Art History.
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Art Magazines & Journals in McCain Library
- Last Updated Aug 5, 2014
This guide lists the Art journals and magazines found in the McCain Library Reading Room. In addition it provides access to news feeds from major art publications.
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