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Research Guide

Course Guide -- Photographic Practice I

This guide offers a starting point for projects specifically related to the Photographic Practice I course.

ArtStor: Over 2.5 million museum quality images


"Artstor: Creating an Account," recorded November 2020, 2 minutes.


"Artstor: Find, Cite, and Download Images," recorded November 2020, 5 minutes.

"Artstor: Place and Time Research," recorded November 2020, 4 minutes.

Other image search tools

Many museums and galleries offer digital images works from their collections, including photography.  

Photo Image Digital Public Library of America

"Google Images to find photography," recorded November 2020, 3 minutes. 


Use the Citing and Using Images section of this research guide to learn more about citing images and using them ethically and legally.

Find photography images in books

Search for photography books in the library book collection

Columbia College Chicago Library has one of the most robust photography book collections in the midwest.  

Start researching a photographer using the search box on the Library Home page. Choose the "resource type" - BOOKS.

Most of the print PHOTOGRAPHY BOOKS are located on the 4th floor in the Library.

Use this GUIDE to browse the photography print book collection

Use this guide to navigate the Dewey Decimal Classification and find a few of the most popular photo subject categories. (Photo book collection located on the 4th floor of the Library.)

Further Research on Photographers and Photography Subjects


If you need to find biographical information about a photographer, try the Library search tool on the home page at

  • Search for the photographer's name in quotation marks (for example, "Gordon Parks") and the term "biography".
  • Or search the author name and then choose ARTICLES from the "resource types" menu alongside the search results.  This is also a good way to find articles about a photographer's critical reception or reviews.


Again, you can use the Library search tool to search for subject matter within photography, such as:

  • Photorealism
  • Street photography
  • Nature photography