Library Prep: Finding Primary Source Images

Using keywords you’ve been developing from the digital archives searches, now search four (4) databases inside GW Libraries. You’re looking for images of any kind from the past that might be interesting to write about–&/or articles that discuss images (e.g., a 1950 Life magazine article about cigarette ads).

This should take you up to 2 hours.  The deeper you go, the further along you will be on developing your research project. It is worth 2.5% of your course grade. Bring printed citations to the session.

For this exercise, use only the GW databases listed here.  I want you to learn how to use these especially. Ask a Reference Librarian whenever you need help with any part of this assignment.

1 & 2: Explore at least 2 databases containing historical newspapers &/or magazines:

Go to Wp > Calendar 2 > Primary Sources in GW Library Databases

If your topic is after 1940, pick two newspaper databases from the list (in bold on the list). It could be a single newspaper (e.g., Washington Post), or one like Historical Newspapers (Proquest) that combines several. Most of these are from the US, but there are a few from elsewhere. If you’re exploring other parts of the world, try searching for relevant stories in US newspapers.

  • Type up at least 3 full citations of images/articles that might be useful to you (author, article title, newspaper title, date, page, and database name). Having a PDF on hand might be handy.

If your topic is before 1940, do one newspaper database (above) + explore American Periodicals Series. This includes hundreds of magazines, which are much more likely to include illustrations than newspapers.

  • Type up at least 3 full citations of images/articles that might be useful to you (author, article title, newspaper title, date, page, and database name). Having a PDF on hand might be handy.

The trick:  how to search for images–photographs? political cartoons? ads?  Can you limit the time period? Limit by publication? Also: what about newspaper/magazine articles that discuss images–were ads or films or political cartoons newsworthy or controversial?

3 & 4. Explore at least two (2) databases below with other primary sources from your area of interest, if possible. This includes all the other databases (not in bold) on my lists: Wp > Calendar 2 > Primary Sources in GW Library Databases

  • Type up at least 3 full citations of images/items from each of these two databases, including the database name (6 citations total).

So, you’ll print and bring:  List of 12 citations of images/articles/items, organized with a header for each database,

For example:

  1. Chicago Defender (w/ 3 citations, e.g., front page stories w/ photographs)
  2. American Periodical Series (w/ 3 citations, from same or diff. magazines)
  3. AP Images (w/ 3 photo citations)
  4. ARTstor (w/ 3 painting citations)

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