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Michael Schwartz Library

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Michael Schwartz Library

FMA 261

Finding Images in Books

There are four sections of the library most likely to contain illustrations, photographs, sketches, and other visually interesting content: The Oversized book section in the 3rd floor stacks, the Juvenile and Curriculum Materials collection in the Digital Design Studio, the Periodicals section on the fourth floor.

All three collections contain Library of Congress Call Numbers A to Z. For browsing call numbers by subject, refer to this list: 

The Oversized books on the 3rd floor cover all subject areas, call numbers XXA-XXZ. Many of the oversized books in our collection contain maps, photographs, and reproductions of sketches, drawings, paintings, and other art. 

The Juvenile and Curriculum Collection has many children's books, educational, nonfiction, and fiction, that are rich with illustrations and images. These are found in the Digital Design Studio on the 3rd floor. 

The Periodicals section on the 4th floor is mostly made up of scholarly journals, but there are a variety of popular magazine titles available to browse as well. In general, the call number A is for general interest publications like the New Yorker, Life, Time, and other magazines. Consider these titles for lots of visuals:

National Geographic G1 .N27
Smithsonian AS30 .S6
New Yorker AP2 .N6763
Newsweek AP2 N6772
Time AP2 .T37
Ebony AP2 .E165
Paris Match AP20 .P342
Life AP2 .L547
Horizon AP2 .H788
Instrumentalist ML1 .I714
Graphis N8 .G73

By all means, search for books and periodicals in the Scholar Catalog. 


Using the scanners

EPSON flatbed scanners

The Windows PCs and one Mac in the Digital Design Studio have EPSON Scanners available. There is also one oversized scanner. The simplest way to scan an image on the PCs is to use the EPSON Scan software, available on the desktop. 

Instructions for creating a file from a scanned image

You can also scan directly in to Photoshop if you will be manipulating the image in anyway. This involves using the Import from WIA option under the File menu, and selecting the EPSON scanner as a device. 

Instructions for scanning an image directly into Photoshop (scroll down to heading Scan and import images using a WIA interface)

KIC Scanners

KIC Scanners allow for quick scans of books and other larger format items. The lens sits above the scanning platform and the user sits the book or other scanned item face up. They are convenient for scanning many pages at a time, but will not produce the same quality resolution due to the nature of the device. There is one KIC Scanner outside of the Digital Design Studio, and there are two more on the first floor; one by the User Services desk, and another near the reference desk. 

KIC Scanner

KIC Scanners can save a PDF or JPEG files to a USB drive, or send to an entered email address. Follow the touchscreen cues to use the scanner.