Unexpected Images

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Many text-based subscription databases include rich image resources. This guide will help you find some of those "hidden" images and introduce other resources for finding archival images.

If you're interested in some of the major image databases that Cornell has either built or for which we have licensed access, try our guide to finding visual resources


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Susette Newberry
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106A Olin Library
Cornell University
Ithaca, New York 14853

Guidelines for Use

The digital image and text collections on this page are for personal, research, and instruction use only. The terms of Cornell's database licenses usually do not permit re-publication of images.

Looking for illustrated books

An illustrated book will have at least one of the following terms in the Description field:

ill. (for "illustrated"), maps, pl. (plates), col. (color), plans, ports (portraits)

Here are two examples:

  • x, 414 p. illus., diagrs., 23 col. plates. tables. 26 cm.
  • 71 p. illus., 9 pl., 2 col. maps. 25 cm.

Commonly-used subject headings include:

[Try some of the links to subject terms above explore further]

Sample catalog record

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In this example, the description tells us that the book includes 72 pages, illustrations, portraits, and is 29 centimeters (11.4 inches) high.

The subject headings also tell us that the subject matter is focused on pictorial material.