Welcome! This guide is intended for anyone who is interested in Visual Studies, no matter your background. When scholars talk about "visual studies," they are typically referring to an interdisciplinary approach that addresses various forms of visual objects and experiences while simultaneously critically examining and exploring the ways in which we see, know, and understand. As such, visual media can be anything from films, to physical photographs, to images on social media, and everything in between.
At the Trico, there are two resources in particular that are excellent for finding images. Triarte features all of the art and artifacts held by Bryn Mawr, Haverford, and Swarthmore Colleges. If you find something in Triarte, you can make an appointment to see any of those resources in the schools where they are held. Because Triarte is globally accessible, the images on the site are quite low-quality and small in size. Therefore, consider using Artstor in tandem with Triarte, in order to view the same images in high resolution. Artstor is IP specific, so be sure to use it when on campus.
Most people turn to Google first to find images. This can be problematic for many reasons, especially copyright. Many websites that might pop up as results, including image sharing sites such as Pinterest, will not provide you with appropriate information about an image. Therefore, try to use images from respected institutions, such as museums, libraries, and other university sites. Here are some tips (all of these tips work for Google images as well!).