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Library resources for photography students.
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Photography Books and Videos

The library catalog can help you find books and videos on photography. The call number for most items on this subject will begin with TR. You can also browse the physical TR section in the stacks.

  • Library Catalog
    The call numbers for many of these books will start with TR.

My Favorite Photographer Biography

I recently read this biography about Edward Curtis. You can find this in the library. There is also a movie in the library collection about Edward Curtis. See below.

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Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher - Timothy Egan
Call Number: TR140.C82E43 2012
ISBN: 0618969020
Publication Date: 2012-10-09


Photography Reference Books & Online Reference Sources

Gale Virtual Encyclopedia is an online reference source.

You can find photography encyclopedias in the reference section of the library under TR.

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The Photography Encyclopedia - McDarrah, Gloria S.
Call Number: TR9.M39 1999
ISBN: 0028650255
Publication Date: 1998-12-01


Citing photos using MLA

  • Purdue OWL: MLA Formatting
    (Scroll down and look at A Painting, Sculpture, or Photograph)

  • NoodleTools
    You enter the information and it creates your bibliography
    (You need to set up your own account)


Films on Demand includes a section on photography under Art & Architecture. Academic Search Premier and Proquest are databases that can help you find articles.

Magazines and Journals

 The library has collections of physical magazines as well as online access to magazines.

Find periodicals

Below is a link to the National Geographic archive. From here you can look up photographs or look in the topic guides and look up photographers.


Good photography websites

Remember that photographs always have authors! Below is a handful of useful websites for finding photographs.



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