Photography: Guide to Research: Finding Photos in Books


Finding Photography (or other illustrations) in books

Subject searching:
Here are SOME terms to find books that are primarily ABOUT images or photography.  Use one term or phrase at a time, not all at once, and it works best if you change the default “All Fields” to “Subject:”
(Phrases should always be in quotes., e.d. "women in photography.")
Subject: photography (Useful for finding photographic collections of topics, artists, things, but not places)
Subject: exhibitions (Almost always heavily illustrated, so good for image research)
Subject: maps (Self evident)
Subject: “pictorial works”   (Useful for finding images of a place, as in an illustrated guidebook)
Subject: “editorial cartoons” (Useful for finding journalistic cartooning)
Subject: “caricatures and cartoons” (Useful for finding all types of caricature cartooning.)

To find images about a certain topic, use one of the words or phrases listed above with a word or words in your topic, e.g.:

“pictorial works” “central park”
photography  “burning man”
Subject: “caricatures and cartoons” Daumier

If you are looking for images of a particular city, you must change default from “All Fields” to “Subject” because city names appear as the place of publication which will give you unwanted results, e.g.:

Subject: “pictorial works”  “new york”


Physical descriptions in catalog records:
To insure the book you see in our catalog is illustrated, it will have at least one of the following in the description field:
ill. (for "illustrated"), maps, pl. (plates), col. (color), plans

Description: iii, 267 p., [62] leaves of plates ; 21 cm.
Description: 299 p. : ill., maps ; 28 cm.
Description: xvi, 118 p., [98] p. of plates (some folded) : ill. (some col.), map., plans ; 29 cm.


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