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Art & the History of Art Research Guide

Find Images

Find images in books by searching the Five College Library catalog (see Tip below). The library also subscribes to a variety of image databases and is the home of Amherst College Digital Collections (ACDC), a repository of images, texts, videos, and more from the Amherst College Archives & Special Collections and Art & Architecture Collection.

Access digital images through these library databases or online resources:

Tip: Searching for images in the Five College Libraries

Library records for books with illustrations contain the word "illustrations." Target illustrated works in a search of the Library catalog by including illustrations, “pictorial works”, plates, or “color plates” along with your other search term(s). For example, looking for images of birds? Search for birds AND illustrations.


For more about finding and using images, visit the Image Research guide.

Find Film, Video, and Art

Find DVD, Blu-ray, and VHS formats on A Level of Frost Library, behind the IT help desk. There are also viewing stations in this area, if you want to watch at the library.

Access streaming video through these library databases or online resources:

Tip: Searching for Film & Video in the Five College Libraries

Use the main search box, Discover, on the Library homepage to search for books at Amherst and across the Five Colleges.

You can filter your results by format (video) or filter by library location.

Check Location (Call Number) and Status/Due Date to see where something's located and if it's currently checked out.