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Library - Visual Resources Collection Guide: Find Images in the Library

A guide to the services and resources of NSCAD's Visual Resources Collection.

Image Hunting Tips

The first tip to finding good quality images is to consider the source: while it is possible to type keywords into a search engine and find hundreds of versions of the image you are seeking, there are no guarantees the image you need will be of good quality or even reliably titled.  Using established image collections will provide detailed, authoritative contextual information and (in most cases) a defined standard of image quality.

At NSCAD, there are a few ways to search and find images using high quality image sources:

FADIS

FADIS is a digital image database available to staff and students of NSCAD University.  It is hosted at the University of Toronto, and contains more than 100,000 digital images and videos. To register with FADIS, please send a request to Rebecca Young, Visual Resources Librarian:  ryoung@nscad.ca

To learn more about FADIS check out the NSCAD FADIS Library Guide.

 

Artstor

NSCAD subscribes to Artstor, an image library for the arts and sciences.  It contains more than a million images of art and architecture for teaching and research. To register, please go here

To learn more about Artstor check out the NSCAD Artstor Library Guide.

 

*Both FADIS and ARTstor require registration; send an email to ryoung@nscad.ca for information. 

(image copyright Mitchell Wiebe, used with permission from artist)

 

ArtSource

Use the ArtSource database to find images by entering a search term or keywords (ex. Martha Rosler, or, Cubism), then select the "image quick view" types of your choosing.  Click the Search button and see your results.

 

Come visit the VRC in person to view the slide collection, developed over thirty years to support all subjects taught at NSCAD. If you find a slide and need the image in a digital format, the VRC can scan the image, or find another source. 

 

Print Resources

Search the NSCAD Library's collection in Novanet, to find books, exhibition catalogues, journals and magazines for images.

 

Other Image Databases

Many libraries, archives, museums, and galleries provide digital access to their collections.  Check out NSCAD's guide to open web image collections to start your search.  Before using images from these collections check and confirm terms of use and licensing conditions.

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