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Design Media Arts

A basic research guide

Quick Start

Selected image search engines.

Other Useful Databases

Many general and subject specific databases can be used to locate images in periodicals or other publications. In addition to the databases listed below, consider reviewing the list of Databases by Subject.

Selected Image Repositories

This is a selection of image repositories searchable online.

Print Resources

Print indexes help locate reproductions of images in books and periodicals.  Examples include:

Searching the UCLA Library Catalog for Illustrated Works

In the library catalog, to limit searches to illustrated books, go to the Advanced Search page, enter a subject search term, then type the keywords 'ill' and/or 'illus' as search terms in: Physical Details.

Subjects used in the library catalog to describe illustrated books often include the terms 'pictorial works'. Examples:

Graphic arts -- Pictorial works
Commercial art -- Pictorial works

To find representations of particular subjects in art, the library subject headings include 'in art'. Examples:

Trees in art
Women in art

Other Images Guides at UCLA

Additional information about locating images is available from the following UCLA Library Guide: