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ARTS356: Advanced Photography

Class research guide for ARTS356: Advanced Photography, curated by liaison librarian

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Sarah McClure Kolk
Office: HL407
(for 2023-2024 academic year)

Getting Started with Research for ARTS356!

Research Tips

  • Get background info on a topic from one of our recommended print reference books.
  • Use an online reference source like Oxford Art Online, or yes, even Wikipedia.
  • Search for library catalog for books on various aspects of your project.
  • Search the core scholarly databases for art, like Art and Architecture Source and JSTOR (more suggestions listed below).
  • Try a database related to your subject (e.g., Environment Complete).  See the library's databases by subject or ask me for a suggestion

Recommended Print Reference Books

Reference sources like encyclopedias can be especially useful for identifying other search terms, other research directions, and cited references or bibliographies.

Search our catalog for books on photography in the reference collection or check out the examples below:

Oxford Art Online

Painting of young girls dancing ballet by Edgar Degas.

Oxford Art Online is a gateway that allows users to search the vast content of Grove Art Online and other Oxford art reference resources in one location. (This resource has a 3-simultaneous-user limit, so if it does not allow you access, try again later!) 

It contains:

  • more than 23,000 subject entries
  • 21,000 biographies
  • 500,000 bibliographic citations
  • 5,500 images

Search Oxford Art Online

Searching Tips

To find more books or search in databases for art and art history, keyword searching is a good place to start. 

For example, try looking for a photographic technique or style, or a photographer's name.

For more help on generating keywords, talk to me or check out this video:

Besides keyword searching, you can also search by subject headings in the library catalog. These catalog subject headings are very broad, of course, and return many, many results:

Some narrower subject headings (not an exhaustive list):

Browsing the library shelves is another approach to finding materials.  Below are the major Library of Congress call number ranges for Photography (5th floor - remember that Folio items are shelved separately):

TR 1 - 1050     Photography

TR 250 - 265    Cameras

TR 287 - 500    Photographic processing.  Darkroom techniques

TR 504 - 508     Transparencies. Dispositives

TR 510 - 545     Color Photography

TR 550 - 581    Studio and Laboratory

TR 590 - 620    Lighting

TR 624 - 835    Applied Photography; including Artistic, Commercial, Medical Photography, Photocopying Processes

TR 846 - 899    Cinematography; Motion Pictures

TR 925 - 1050   Photomechanical Processes

Core Art Databases

No Full-Text Available?

Youtube Video - Requesting Full-Text Articles

Tracking Citations

When you do find good sources, always look at their sources (bibliographies or footnotes) to see if you can find more that would be relevant for your topic. In Google Scholar and in some of the research databases, there are direct "references" or "cited by" links you can follow. 

If you're tracking down sources from a printed bibliography (or even an online source like Wikipedia), use the hints in the handouts below:

Need More Suggestions?

Need even more research advice for this project?  Do as I did, and check out the recommendations of other libraries and librarians (note that these guides link to resources they own, but we may not have here):