This guide is intended to help Photography students find resources and boost their research skillz. Here are some other guides you might find useful!
Art & Design Research Guide: For in-depth research help, including tips and tools
Visual Media Guide: For resources to help with finding, citing, and legally using visual media
Professional Resources Guide: For professional resources, like help finding jobs and writing an artist's statement
When doing research, try starting with @LL Search, it searches everything @ Lesley Library, including journal databases, book catalogs, eBook libraries, encyclopedia entries, newspaper articles, and streaming media!
Are you looking to place a hold on a book from another Boston-area library? Are you only looking for books, and you want to limit your search to one Lesley library? You can still do that in our FLO catalog!
As an alternative to searching with keywords, you could start with a fun photo magazine and browse around. If you struggle with word choice and keywords when searching, this more visual alternative to discovery could be just what you need! You can browse based on what draws your eye, but keep an eye out for the language that artists use to describe their work. The more blurbs you read, the better you'll get at searching with keywords!
OWL Purdue Citation Manual
Scroll through the different types of resources to make sure you're citing the specific kind of book, article, etc. that you're using
Lesley's MLA Citation Guide
Links to helpful resources for formatting an MLA paper, formatting citations, and creating an annotated bibliography
Lesley's Guide to Citing and Captioning Images
You cite the artwork itself, and then cite where you found it (book, online, magazine, etc.)
Under the citation, include 1-3 sentences covering the basics:
See below for an example, or click here for more.
DeGuzmán, María. Buenas Noches, American Culture : Latina/o Aesthetics of Night. Indiana University Press, 2012. EBSCOhost, search-ebscohost-com.ezproxyles.flo.org/login.aspx?direct=true&AuthType=cookie,ip&db=cat05473a&AN=les.1401697&site=eds-live&scope=site.
This is a critical text analyzing Latina/o aesthetics across disciplines and is meant to be part of scholarly discourse on the topic of “night” imagery across art and literature in the Caribbean, Colombia, Central and South America, and the US. There is a broad introduction with the author’s overall analysis on the topic, as well as chapters covering specific subtopics. As my research investigates night imagery in photography, this text will serve to support my claims that such imagery can be strongly tied to culture and therefore used differently by photographers around the world. There is a chapter entirely about the perspective of queer Latinx poets and artists, which is one I hadn’t considered. The author is Director of Latina/o Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is writing from the perspective of a literary/art critic.
An annotation should include 1-2 sentences about each of the following:
Tatsitsa, Jacob. “Black-and-White Photography in Batcham: From a Golden Age to Decline (1970–1990).” History & Anthropology, vol. 26, no. 4, Oct. 2015, pp. 458–479. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1080/02757206.2015.1074899.
This article contains biographical information and information about the works of contemporary black and white photographers from Batcham, West Cameroon. It contains quotes from the artists and examples of their work. I chose it because I wanted a reference for work outside of the United States, and because the author discusses the article as an archive and I’m interested in exploring archival photography. The article was published in a scholarly journal and the author is a professor at a university in Cameroon. The author includes a lot of citations to support their ideas.
Annotating an Image: