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ARTH 2500: History of Photography (Fall 2017): Books

Library Guide to accompany Iftikhar Dadi's fall 2017 course

More detail: finding books in Olin

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Catalogs: Learn to search library catalogs effectively to locate books and other relevant materials

Sample Catalog Record

Subject Browse

Use the Subject Browse feature to discover books in the catalog.

Here are some subject headings with links to subject browses that might help research on the photo to the right:

Street photography > France > Paris

Atget, Eugène, 1857-1927 > Criticism and interpretation

Paris (France) > Pictorial works > Exhibitions

France > Social life and customs > Exhibitions

Surrealism > Photography

Paris street

Eugène Atget, Organ grinder, 1898–99. Matte albumen silver print from glass negative. Metropolitan Museum of Art.

What to do if it's not available

If the catalog record indicates that the material is "charged," it means that someone else has signed out the book. You can recall it by clicking on "request." That takes about two weeks. You can also try to get it through Borrow Direct. If we do not have a book in our holdings, or if the book you need is already checked out:
Borrow Direct

Click on the link to connect to Borrow Direct, search for the book and if it's available from another Ivy League university (or Johns Hopkins, Duke, MIT, University of Chicago, and soon: Stanford), we will have it shipped to Cornell. Borrowing period is for eight weeks, renewable once. Books arrive in 3-4 business days. If we do not have an item that you need (any item -- journal article, DVD, dissertation, etc.):

Interlibrary Loan Services

Use ILLiad (InterLibrary Loan Internet Accessible Database) to request that we borrow materials from other libraries. Loan period is usually one month. Items can arrive in as little as a few days to a couple of weeks (This service will not work for items that Cornell already owns, but are checked out by other borrowers).