Use this guide to quickly find reputable sources and save time on your research! Contact your subject librarian or the reference librarians if you need more help. For an overview of how to research efficiently, see Steps of the Research Process.

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Finding Materials in the Library

Search CityCat to find books, e-books, disks and more. There are many ways to search, such as Title, Author and Keyword.

Books in the library are organized by call number according to the Library of Congress classification system which groups items by subject, so you can often simply browse the shelves. Here is the relevant subject call number:

Photography    TR


Selected Reference books (for Library Use Only) for short overviews, Circulating books (for check out) for in-depth information, and Reserve materials (on Reserve for classes, usually for Library Use Only for short periods of time).


Use databases for specialized and the most up-to-date information, especially academic (scholarly) sources that are not available for free on the Web. See the Articles & Databases page for a full list of databases available.


Use different kinds of websites for looking at photography from a variety of perspectives. It's very important to carefully evaluate websites for accuracy, currency, bias and credibility.