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What's in an Image: Research in Images, Photo Archives, Physical Library Art Books, and More

Check out this guide to help you find images, photo archives, art books in the library, and more!

Digital and Physical Art Resources

If you are an art student needing digital or physical art resources in the library, you have come to the right place!  Below, you will find image banks and online publications with archival full images to support your research projects.  You will also learn where to find physical art books in the library, plus some tips on citing images.  As always, librarians are available to help you 24/7 from our library homepage.

Image Banks

Digital Publications with Full Images

Finding Art Books in the Library

Looking for art books in the library?  If you were looking for the book Caravaggio by John T. Spike, you could see through using Search@UW that the call number is ND623.C26 S65 2010, meaning this book is found in the art section (starting with an N), specifically with the painting books (ND). Here is the breakdown for art subcategories:

N       Visual Arts

NA     Architecture

NB     Sculpture

NC     Drawing, Design, & Illustration

ND     Painting

NE     Print Media

NK     Decorative Arts

NX     Arts in General

Help with Citing Images

Below you'll find guidance in citing images in APA and MLA.  Please note APA offers limited guidance, found in section 10.14 of the APA Manual, Seventh Edition.

APA Style Guide - Citing artwork in a museum or museum website or an art exhibition.

APA Style Guide - Citing clip art or stock images

MLA Style Center - Citing images, photographs, paintings, and more