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Links to book, article, and web sites for researching photography.


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Kate Steffens
Special Collections & Archives
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library
San José State University
One Washington Square
San José, CA 95192-0028
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Bay Area Photography Exhibits

Where to start?

This guide will help you select resources for researching topics in photography. If you are beginning research on an unfamiliar topic, first consult reference sources – dictionaries, encyclopedias, bibliographies, etc. – for useful overviews and introductory information about an artist, artwork, art form, movement, or time period.

Overviews and bibliographies can be found in Oxford Art Online and the Met Museum's Timeline of Art History.

For art-specific questions, use Oxford Art Online, which includes the Grove Dictionary of Art.

For contextual information, including timelines, consult the Oxford Reference database.

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Streaming films on photography