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Finding Images: Photography

Suggested Search Terms

Combine these terms with your topic of interest using the Boolean operator AND (see box below). 

documentary photography
photo essay*
photography, military
photography & politics
photography - social aspects
street photography 
war photography 

For example:

Japan AND (earthquake OR tsunami) AND photograph*

*Use an asterisk(*) to indicate a wild-card character. For example, photograph* would search for photograph, photographs, photography, and photographic.

Research Databases

Several of these databases index photographs and illustrations found in magazines. Many of these indexes are “full-text,” which means the article is available to read online. However, due to copyright considerations images are often removed and you will still need to find the print magazine to see images. When in doubt, ask a librarian for help.

Image Databases

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