IAIA - Institute of American Indian Arts

Studio Arts – Photography Research

Background Information: Sources Available in the IAIA Library

Looking At Photographs: A Guide to Technical Terms REF 770.3 B181l
The Photography Encyclopedia REF 770.3 M134p
A World History of Photography REF 770.9 R813w
Original sources: Art and Archives at the Center … REF 770.92 U588o
Contemporary Photographers REF 770.922 C761


Search the library catalog for books on your subject using keywords, or visit the library’s stacks and browse call numbers:

770- (photography)

778- (techniques and types of photography)

779- (photographs and photographers)

Also check the NC shelves (far right) for non-circulating books in the same call number ranges.

Library Databases (Newspaper & Journal articles)

  • Academic Search Premier: A multi-disciplinary full text database containing full text for nearly 4,700 publications.
  • ARTstor: Contains approximately 300,000 images of art, architecture and archeology from a wide range of cultures and time periods.
  • Bibliography of the History of Art (BHA): Comprehensive bibliography of scholarly writing covering European and American visual arts from late antiquity to the present.
  • GALE Cengage —Expanded Academic ASAP: Includes research, reviews, full-text articles.
  • GALE Cengage- Academic OneFile: Peer-reviewed, full-text articles from the world’s leading journals and reference sources.
  • JSTOR: An electronic archive of full-text articles from Arts & Humanities journals.
  • Project Muse: Scholarly, full-text articles in the arts and humanities.

Search for the Artist’s Own Reflections

Some suggested subject headings to find material presented in the artist’s own words:

  • Use the artist’s name as an author search (last name, first name)
  • Use the artist’s name as a subject search (last name, first name)
  • Combine the artist’s name with these terms
    • correspondence
    • diaries
    • interviews
    • journals
  • Note: When searching most databases, it is possible to search the singular and plural forms of terms by using an asterisk (*). For example: diar*, interview*, journal*.

Writing About Art

A Short Guide to Writing About Art 808.0667 B261s 2008
Writing About Art 808.06 S275w
Writing for the Visual Arts 808.0667 M478w

Web Resources

History of Photography from beginnings to 1920s: a useful starting-off point for students preparing for courses which include brief study of the history of photography.

American Museum of Photography: Online exhibits, historical information, interesting tidbits, links to resources.

History of Photography Timeline: Major events in the development of photography and techniques.