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Image Searching: Home

Tips and resources for finding, citing, and (legally) using visual sources.


To find images in books from the Booth Library collection, search the EIU Online Catalog.

The physical description in the catalog record will note if a book has illustrations.
physical description information in library catalog record

 •  Illustrations can be selected as a search criterion on the advanced search screen. [view screenshot]
 •  You can also try searching for your subject along with the term "pictorial works."
 •  ​Use "portraits" to search for images of people.

To find reproductions of a particular work of art:
 •  In the library catalog, search for the artist's name. Once you have a book about the artist in hand, consult the index or list of illustrations (if available) to find out if/where the artwork is pictured within that book.
 •  For a more comprehensive search, look for books on art by time period or century, region or culture, medium, movement, subject, and/or institution housing the work.
 •  Searching by the title of the artwork may be successful if it's a well-known work (or if it happens to be mentioned in a table of contents), but most individual artworks do not have entire books written about them. Instead, try searching in library research databases for an article on the artwork, since articles tend to focus on narrower topics.
When searching in databases, look for search options that will help to limit the results to images.

For example, in Art Abstracts you can to limit your search by document type to art reproduction, cover art, or image.
Humanities International Complete offers even more options, listing nearly 40 visual document types.
Academic Search Complete allows you to select one or more of seven image quick view types.

database search limit types for images
Scanning equipment and image editing software are available at the media workstations in the northwest corner of the 4000 Level. [FAQ]

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