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Images: A Guide to Visual Resources

Finding Images Using the Library Catalog

Here are some strategies for finding images of virtually anything using the Library Catalog.

  • For a general image search, use the BEGINS WITH option, select subject from the drop box, and enter one of the following search terms:

    exhibitions
    illustrated periodicals
    photographs
    caricatures and cartoons
     
  • Use the phrase "pictorial works" in an ADVANCED KEYWORD search, for example:

    anatomy and pictorial works
    obama and pictorial works
      
  • Using the BEGINS WITH option, select subject from the drop box, and enter the phrase "___in art," for example:

    musical instruments in art
    working class in art

Using Indexes

Printed images are indexed. You don't have to browse endless piles of books or magazines to find good images.  There are many indexes to printed images, and some are online.  

This selection is listed in order of dates of coverage, oldest to most recent.

Browsing Old Periodicals

Magazines and catalogs offer a wide variety of high-quality illustrations. Click on the titles to connect directly to the electronic resource (where electronic coverage exists).  Click on the 'Library has' link for the Library record.