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ART_HIST_101-6_F21: Freshman Seminar: Social Histories of Photography (Thompson): General Resources


A word about the Browse feature. . .

At the very top of the library's Advanced Search page is one of the catalog's least-known features, the Browse option. Each book in the catalog has several subject terms assigned to it, which help delineate that book's coverage. Using the Browse option lets you search the catalog by those subject terms, using different controlled vocabularies. This allows you, in effect, to search by what a book is actually about, rather than hoping to find that term in a general search result.  The advantage is focus: Browse results are books associated specifically with those subject terms, while the same basic search from the library home page will simply return every result with those terms in it, requiring you to weed out extraneous items. You'll still have to consider your Browse results carefully, but it will be much, much easier.


Dorothea Lange
Migrant Mother
nitrate negative
5x4 cm
February/March 1936

General Resources

These are basic reference texts for art and photography. If you are unfamiliar with the discipline or with specific artists, genres, or terminology, these can provide basic background information and act as guides to more focused research.

A great place to start for concise, authoritative information, especially if you're unfamiliar with the discipline or with a specific topic.