Find Print Books, DVDs, and more in the Library

Use the Library Catalog to locate materials in the library:

  • To search only a specific format (DVDs, books, periodicals, etc.), select from the first dropdown menu.
  • Perform an All fields search using words such as cinematography or “graphic design. This will search the entire record of all the items in the catalog, including author, title, and subject areas.
  • Perform a Subject search using a word or words such as typography or “digital photography” to search for items on a specific topic.
  • Click the Advanced Search link to the right to search for full phrases or choose how words are combined.
    • “All these words” will only return results that include every word you enter.
    • “This exact phrase” is useful when the order of words is important; for example, black and white.
    • “These unwanted terms” is where you list words you do not want in your results.
      • Example: I want to research famous directors, but already have too much information on Steven Spielberg. I would type motion picture director into “All these words” and Spielberg into “These unwanted terms,” then choose Book from the “Format type” dropdown menu to avoid finding a lot of movies on DVD.
  • If you’d prefer to browse the shelves, most media art books are located in these call number ranges:
    • Graphic Arts, Printmaking: 760-769
    • Photography, Film and Television Cinematography: 770-779
E-Books are available through the OCC Library Databases. To access them, log into Ocean Connect and click on the tab for Library Services. The link search for e-books (near the top) will open the EBSCOhost eBooks database, which has over 9,000 books on the Arts and Architecture, including more than 400 books on photography (they can be browsed by selecting Arts & Architecture from the list of Categories). Also included are over 300 books on crafting (they can be browsed by selecting Crafts & Collectibles from the list of Categories).
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Find Articles
The Library subscribes to several article databases, each suited to different fields and levels of study. If you are away from campus, you will need to access these databases through Ocean Connect. If you are unsure how to do this, please follow these instructions, or ask a member of the Library’s staff for assistance.
Oxford Reference Collection
This trusted reference collection connects you to several relevant texts, including The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms, A Dictionary of Modern and Contemporary Art, A Dictionary of Modern Design, The Oxford Companion to the Photograph<, and A Dictionary of Film Studies. Also included are reference books on music and literature, plus many more cross-disciplinary texts.
Fine Arts & Music Collection
This database offers access to a variety of resources covering the arts, including newspaper and magazine articles, reference sources like dictionary and encyclopedia entries, and peer-reviewed articles from academic journals.
Art Full Text
This database provides access to both popular and peer-reviewed articles on photography, fine, decorative, and commercial art, plus folk art, architecture, and more.
Communication and Mass Media Complete
For popular and peer-reviewed articles on cinematography, film, photography, and other topics related to media or communication, try this database that includes articles from scholarly journals, newspapers, magazines, and more.
Communications and Mass Media Collection
Covering similar topics to the database listed above, in addition to scholarly and popular articles, this also includes images and video clips.
Biography in Context
With articles from newspapers, academic journals, and magazines, plus images and audio clips, this resource is great for research on a specific artist or filmmaker.
US Major Dailies
This database provides access to some of the country’s biggest newspapers such as the New York Times, The Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times. Most newspapers are available up to the most recent edition, and some go as far back as 1980. This resource will provide you with reviews of museum or gallery shows all over the globe.
New York Times Newspaper (Historical)
For older museum or gallery reviews, plus commentary on architecture, check out this database, which remarks on more than just the New York City area.
A collection of over 2 million images from 280 collections images covering art, architecture, fashion and costume, and theater, this database has several browsable Classification groups that may be relevant to your research, such as Film, Audio, Video, and Digital Art; and Photographs.
Academic Search Premier
This widely used database provides full text access to a very broad range of peer-reviewed articles on topics including arts & literature, computer sciences, engineering, physics, chemistry, language and linguistics, medical sciences, ethnic studies, and many more.
Library, Archival, and Museum Arts Resources
Library of Congress Free to Use and Reuse Sets
This page features browseable images from the Library of Congress’s digital collections that are free to use and reuse. These sets are just a small sample of the Library’s digital collections that are freely available. The Library believes hat this content is either in the public domain, has no known copyright, or has been cleared by the copyright owner for public use.
Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Online Catalog
the POC contains catalog records and digital images representing a rich cross-section of still pictures held by Prints & Photographs Division and, in some cases, other units of the Library of Congress. This included photographs, fine and popular prints and drawings, posters, and architectural and engineering drawings.
New York Public Library Digital Collections
The DPLA brings together 20,596,409 digitized books, images, historic records, and audiovisual materials from libraries, archives, and museums all over the country.
Digital Public Library of America
The DPLA brings together 20,596,409 digitized books, images, historic records, and audiovisual material from libraries, archives, and museums all over the country.
British Library Images Online
Images Online is the picture library of the British Library, the national library of the United Kingdom. It gives you instant access to thousands of greatest images from the British Library’s collections, including historical texts, antiques, antique maps, furniture, architecture, anthropological artifacts, glass, and ceramics.
Europeana Collections
Explore 51,581,697 artworks, artifacts, books, videos, and sounds from thousands of European archives, libraries, and museums.
Artstor has made more than 1 million image, video, document, and audio files from public institutional collections freely available to everyone – subscribers and non-subscribers alike. Please abide by their terms & conditions with regards to reuse.
A moving image of an old film reel counting down 5, 4, 3, 2, 1
Internet Resources: Moving Image

Many works of art available freely online are intended for scholarly purpose only, and should not be downloaded or copied. Please locate each website’s terms and conditions or information on rights and reproduction before using any artworks.

Moving Image
Part of the Internet Archive, this resource offers a wide variety of free moving image files in both streaming and downloadable form. Over 4 millions movies, films, and videos are available.
Library of Congress Motion Picture, Broadcasting, and Recorded Sound Digital Collections
Browse the 18 digital collections in this Library of Congress division including Origins of American Animation, a collections of 24 animated films; and Selections from the National Film Registry, a list of movies deemed “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant.”
Library of Congress Moving Image Research Center
The Library of Congress Moving Image Research Center provides access and information services to an international community of film and television professionals archivists, scholars, and researchers.
Library of Congress Moving Image Online Resources
The Library of Congress Resources for Moving Image Related Subjects & Materials contains a list of links to museums, archives, and libraries; streaming video; scripts and screenplays; stock footage; commercials and more!
Museum of Moving Image Research Guide
The Moving Image Source Research Guide, created and hosted by the Museum of the Moving Image, is a gateway to the best online resources related to film, television, and digital media. Search the site or browse through the vast content by resource type or subject.
British Pathé
British Pathé is considered to be the finest newsreel archive in the wrold and is a treasure trove of 85,000 films unrivals in their historical and cultural significance. Spanning the yeas from 1896 to 1976, the collection includes footage from around the globe of major events, famous face,s fashion trends, travel, science, and culture. Playing videos on this site requires Flash player, so check out their YouTube page for easier viewing.
Vimeo was born in 2004, created by a group of filmmakers who wanted an easy and beautiful way to share videos with their friends. The site is now home to more than 70,000,000 creators across the globe. Watch videos for free, and consider joining to upload your own films!
Prelinger Archives
Prelinger is a filmmakers, archivist, and founder of the Prelinger Archives, which contains 12,000 advertising, educational, industrial, and amateur films, nearly 7,000 of which are available online.
Lost Landscapes: San Francisco Vimeo & Internet Archive and Detroit Vimeo & Internet Archive.
Lost Landscapes is a project of Prelinger’s, in which he combines home movies, and semi-professional and professional film clips to create an intimate portrait of a major U.S. city. His Vimeo page container s14 clips from other films, including Lost Landscapes of New York and Los Angeles.
Photography Online
Getty LifePicture Collection
Tap into some of of the world’s most recognizable imagery, from one of the truly iconic magazine archives of the 20th century. The collection documents past cultural and political event,s as well as the celebrities who helped shape our modern world. Photos are not free to download, but may be studied freely online.
Eastman Museum Online Photography
The George Eastman Museum’s collections of photography and cinema are among the best and oldest in the world. Nearly 140,000 photographs, from the more than 400,000 photographic objects, dating from the introduction of the medium in 1839 through to the present day, are available online.
Photogrammar is a web-based platform for organizing, searching, and visualizing the 170,000 photographs created by the United States Farm Security Administration and Office of War Information (FSA-OWI) from 1935 to 1945. Most photographs in this collections are considering to be in the public domain; however, labels on a few images indicate that they may be restricted. Privacy and publicity rights may also apply. Please visit the Library of Congress page for more information.
Flickr Commons
The Commons was launched on January 16, 2008 to increase access to publicly-held photography collections, and provide a way for the general public to contribute information and knowledge. Under The Commons, cultural institutions that have reasonably concluded that a photograph is free of copyright restrictions are invited to share such photographs under their new usage guideline called “no known copyright restrictions.”
NOOR Images
NOOR is a collection uniting a select group of 16 highly accomplished photojournalists and documentary storytellers focusing on contemporary global issues. NOOR – an Arabic word meaning light – seeks to contribute to a growing understanding of the world by producing independent visual reports that stimulate positive social change and impact views on issues of global concern.
International Center of Photography Collections
Browse of search (upper right hand corner) the online collections of the world’s leading institution dedicated to photography and visual culture. Founded in 1974 to preserve the legacy of “concerned photography,” ICP continues to offer an open forum for dialogue about the role that photographs, videos, and new media play in our society.
Graphic Design Resources
Cooper Hewitt Collections
The website represents Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum’s diverse collection, spanning thirty centuries of historic and contemporary design. This is a kind of living document, meaning that development is ongoing. You can also browse through their collections.
Museum of Modern Art
More than 77,000 of MoMA’s almost 200,000 works of modern and contemporary art are currently available and searchable online. These images should not be reproduced, and are for scholarly purposes only.
AIGA Design Archive
Search of browse the online collections of AIGA, the professional association for design. With more than 20,000 selections dating back to 1924, the AIGA Design Archives is a vital record of all disciplines of communication design.
RIT Graphic Design Archive
The Graphic Design Archives at the Rochester Institute of Technology document and preserve the work of significant American graphic designers active from the 1920s to the 1950s. Search by keyword on the upper right.
Graphis is committed to presenting and promoting the work of exceptional talent in Design, Advertising, Photography, and Art/Illustration. Up to 500 entries from each competition are included in the professional portfolios are also available to view.
The One Club for Creativity
The One Club for Creativity exists to celebrate the success of the global creative community. They are a non-profit organization that actively supports the next generation of industry professionals, and encourages professionals of all levels to expand both their knowledge and their networks. Check out portfolios, videos, articles by their members.
Print Mag
Print Mag is an iconic design and visual culture brand encompassing a venerated magazine, a website, premium book, and e-book lines, and the Regional Design Annual, one of the most well-respected design competitions in the industry. The website includes articles and images that fall under a number of topics, plus info on jobs, competitions, and events.
Web-Exclusive Art Resources
Google Arts & Culture
The Google Arts & Culture platform hosts millions of artifacts and pieces of art, ranging from prehistory to the contemporary, shared by 1,200 international museums, galleries and institutions from 70 countries across the globe. Browse on the home screen or perform a search in the upper right hand corner.
Bridgeman Images
Founded in 1972, Bridgeman Images works with museums, galleries, collections, and artists to provide a central resource of fine art and archive footage for reproduction to creative professionals. While this art may be freely studied online, you may not remove any watermarks or copyright notices contained in the Bridgeman Images content, so please. no downloading or copying. See the terms of use page for more information.
Pond5 Public Domain Project
Download thousands of historic media files, including video, audio, images, and 3D model files, for your creative projects. All files are made freely available by Pond5 through Creative Commons licensing.
Google Image Search
Not sure what your digital image is depicting? Drag and drop it into Google’s Image Search and see if it can help you find out!
Launched in 1999, this search engine locates all examples of an artist’s work available online. Some aspects have no been updated recently, and some links may not work.
Wikimedia Commons
Wikimedia Commons is pat of the non-profit, multilingual, free-content Wikimedia family. It contains nearly 50 million freely usable media files that can be searched or browsed.
GeoCoded Art
The goal of GeoCodedArt is to use digital map technology to add context to fine art, and to use fine art to illuminate geography. Search by painting name or artist, or browse by region to find out what geographic area in depicted in a specific painting.
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