Finding Images in the Library and on the Web
Images, reproductions and illustrations can be found in publication types such as books, encyclopedias, folio books, dictionaries, exhibition catalogues, slides, video recordings and multimedia software. The Dictionary of Art at REF N31 D5 1996 and Encyclopedia of World Art at REF N31. E4833 are useful starting points for finding images. The majority of images within books and exhibition catalogues are not indexed, so you will need to look through the publication to find the image you need. Use the library catalogue when searching for these publication types. You can search under an artist's name or limit the search by material type, e.g., folios only. You can also browse the subjects under the term 'pictures'.
The display will look like this:
Search also under: Caricatures and cartoons.
Search also under: Illustration of books.
Search also under: Libraries and pictures.
Search also under: Photographs.
Search also under: Portraits.
Search also under: Posters.
Search also under: Views.
Pictures -- Catalogs. [ 1 title ]
Pictures -- Copying.
Search also under: Imitation in art.
Search under: Caricatures and cartoons.
Search under: Wit and humor, Pictorial.
Pictures in education. [ 1 title ]
The following indexes provide access to images within periodicals, exhibition catalogs, museum catalogs, etc.
Art Index [1929-. Location: Index Area in print and online from 1984- through FirstSearch]
Bibliography of the History of Art (BHA) [1992-. Location: Index Area]
Arts & Humanities Citation Search [1980-. Available online via FirstSearch
Illustration Index REF N 7525 .I45 1998
Finding images on the WWW
The Web has billions of images of just about every size, shape, color, subject, medium, theme, static or moving,
with or without sound. They can be personal or popular, professional or academic, picture with or without text, photograph, scientific drawing, graphic, or artistic representation. The kind of image you want determines the search methods and gateways you will use to find images on the Web.
- File formats. The most commonly used file formats are : gifs and jpegs . The file format is part of the
image 's URL (Web address) or path name. For example, the painting, Mortlake Terrace, by artist Joseph Mallard William Turner at the National Gallery of Art in Washington has the path name of: http://www.nga.gov/cgi-bin/pimage?119+0+0
- Image Copyright is a complicated issue. Use public domain material; get license to use image; look for Web creator 's statement of permissable use; only use for educational or not-for-profit purposes. More copyright information at United States Copyright Office at The Library of Congress http://lcweb.loc.gov/copyright/
Searching for images on the Web
- Search Engines. These search engines provide searchable and browsable keyword access to images from hundreds of web sites.
Amazing Picture Machine [Searches for pictures across all subject areas] http://www.ncrtec.org/picture.htm
Corbis [Microsoft developed. Searches for photographs] http://www.corbis.com
Image finder (SunSITE) http://sunsite.berkeley.edu/ImageFinder
Yahoo Picture Gallery [Searches a multitude of sites for pictures, photos and images]
- Specific Image Collections
ArtLex: Dictionary of Visual Art Terminology [Provides definitions of art & art-related terms
plus links to images and other resources] http://www.artlex.com
The Costume Site [Historical costume images] http://www.milieux.com/costume
DIVA [Digital images from the visual arts library at Monash University. Focus on Australian art and
FirstVIEW : Collections Online [Shows fashion show collections from around the world]
The History of Costume [Costume designs from antiquity to the end of the 19th century]
SPIRO : Architectural Slide Library Database [University of California searchable online
slide catalogue] http://www.mip.berkeley.edu/query_forms/browse_spiro_form.html
SILS Art Image Browser [University of Michigan]
- Image sites/Collections: Subject or alphabetically listings of image web sites
Art history : Image Resources http://witcombe.sbc.edu/ARTHLinks4.html#Images
ArtSource : Image collections http://www.ilpi.com/artsource/images.html
Bubl Link : Image Collections http://bubl.ac.uk/link/types/images.htm
Image collections and Online Art http://www.umich.edu/~hartspc/histart/mother/images.html
Digital Librarian http://www.digital-librarian.com/images.html