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Getting Started
  1. To search for BACKGROUND information, use Credo Reference or Gale Virtual Reference Library .
  2. To search for BOOKS and DVDS owned by Sage, use the Libraries Catalog.
  3. To search for JOURNAL, MAGAZINE or NEWSPAPER ARTICLES, use Academic Search Elite or ProQuest Central
Find Journal Articles

The following databases are the most relevant for Photography topics:

Academic Onefile Restricted Resource Some full text available
A multi-disciplinary database containing thousands of journals and reference sources.

Business Insights: Essentials Restricted Resource
Business reference information, including company fundamentals and histories, investment research reports, industry rankings, profiles and market share data. Also includes access to many photography journals.

Academic Search Elite Restricted Resource Some full text available
Provides full text for more than 2,100 journals, including more than 1,700 peer-reviewed titles. It covers a wide variety of topics including computer sciences, engineering, physics, chemistry, language and linguistics, arts & literature, history, and ethnic studies.

Art Full Text Restricted Resource Some full text available Resource contains images
In addition to articles, this database indexes reproductions of works of art that appear in periodicals.

General OneFile Restricted Resource Some full text available
A general periodical database containing thousands of periodicals, newspapers, reference books and multimedia sources.

ProQuest Central Restricted Resource Some full text available
Comprehensive research database covering nearly every academic discipline.


The following databases might also be useful depending on your topic:

Google Art Project Unrestricted Resource Resource contains images
Google has partinered with hundreds of museums, cultural institutions, and archives to host the world's cultural treasures online.   

LexisNexis Academic Restricted Resource Some full text available
Replaced by Nexis Uni.                                                                                                                                                      

Oxford Art Online Restricted Resource Some full text available Resource contains images
Includes Grove Art Online, The Oxford Companion to Western Art, The Encyclopedia of Aesthetics and The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms.


Locating Journal Articles

Many of these databases, provide full text coverage. You will often see links that you can click on to connect directly to an article. Look for "PDF Full Text," "HTML Full Text" or "Linked Full Text" somewhere on the page. Examples are below:

  The Find Full Text symbol indicates that Sage may own the material, but it is housed in a different database or journal. Clicking this link will bring you to the article in full text, if owned by Sage.

If full text access is NOT available through the Sage databases, you may request the journal article via Interlibrary Loan (ILL).

If you have a citation for a specific journal or newspaper article, click here for instructions to learn how to locate the article using the "Journals A-Z" portal.
Find Books

Search the Sage Libraries Catalog for books, eBooks and DVDs:

There are several ways to search the catalog with keyword searching the most basic. A keyword search is the default search option in the Libraries catalog. Use the catalog's "Advanced Search" to search by author, title, call number, ISBN number or subject. You may also limit your search to a specific library (Albany or Troy).

RESEARCH TIP: Use a thesaurus to find synonyms to expand your keyword searches.

To find the book on the shelf, you will need to know the library (Albany or Troy), shelving location (Main, New Books, etc.) and call number. This information can be found on the item record (see example below). If you find a book in the catalog but it is on the opposite campus, storage or otherwise inaccesible, use the "Place Hold" function to request the book.


All eBooks owned by Sage can be found by searching the Libraries' catalog. You may also search these eBooks collections separately. eBooks may be downloaded to an eReader device. See here for downloading instructions.

Not finding what you need?

Try searching WorldCat, a catalog of books, media and journals in libraries around the world. You can use Sage's Interlibrary Loan service (ILL) to borrow books from other libraries.
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Keyword Search Tips
  1. Consider adding one of these terms to your search terms: filter, reflector, resolution.
  2. Break down your topic into smaller concepts and identify synonyms for those concepts.
  3. Use "AND" to combine terms in your search, i.e. "ISO speed and underexposure"
  4. Use "OR" to expand your results, i.e. "lens speed or shutter speed"
  5. Use QUOTATION MARKS to delineate a group of words as a phrase, i.e. "hyperfocal distance"

For more search tips, see one of these tutorials:

Citing Sources
General Online Guides (all of these guides can help you cite photography assignments)

Purdue Online Writing Lab
W.W. Norton's "Write Site" (Little Seagull Handbook publisher)

Copies of the major style manuals can be found at the Information Desk in either Library.
Evaluating Websites
There are numerous websites and blogs available on the internet but some may not be accurate, creditable or useful for Photography. Therefore, you should always carefully evaluate a source - no matter how reliable it seems to be - before using it for your research. Use a TRAP to evaluate materials for quality.

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Useful Websites
General Photography Sites

PhotoFocus- Photofocus is a helpful educational resource for the aspiring and professional photographer.

Photography Degree- This site offers links to some of the more useful job sites for photographers.

Photography Now- A site that displays notable photographers and their artwork.

International Center of Photography Resources- Offers informational resources for photographers. Includes: photography forums, information on competitions and awards, legal resources, and best practice guidelines.

Photography Museums and Exhibits

Arizona University Center for Creative Photography

Victoria and Albert Museum

California Museum of Photography (UC Riverside)

Helios Photography Online (Smithsonian)

International Center of Photography Museum

Museum of Contemporary Photography

National Media Museum

Photography Blogs

Psychology for Photographers- A blog that examines psychological aspects of the photography field.

Wandering Bears- This UK based blog displays posts about current trends in photography, featured artists, as well as discussions on specific photographical collections.

Still Searching- A blog that focuses on photographic production, techniques, applications, distribution strategies, contexts, and theoretical foundations.

A Camera and a Dream- This blog displays insightful posts and advice from experienced photographers.
Browsing Photography Books
The Sage Libraries uses the Library of Congress Classification (LCC) system to organize its book collection. Photography books can be found in the following sections:
TR1-1050 Photography
TR250-265 Cameras
TR287-500 Photographic processing. Darkroom technique
TR504-508 Transparencies. Diapositives
TR510-545 Color photography
TR550-581 Studio and laboratory
TR590-620 Lighting
TR624-835 Applied photography. Including artistic, commercial, medical photography, photocopying processes
TR845-899 Cinematography. Motion pictures
TR925-1050 Photomechanical processes