SEARCH HELP

What is the Image Database? :: What's in the Image Database? :: Who can use the database? :: What if I can't find an image I need? :: How do I look for images? :: What is an Image Search? :: What is an Item Search? :: When should I use a simple search? :: When should I use an advanced search? :: What is the wildcard? :: What are Search Criteria Lists? :: How do I find DVDs and videos? :: How do I contact the VRF staff?

What is the Image Database?

The Image Database is the online catalog for the Visual Resources Facility (VRF) in the Department of Art & Art History at UC Davis.  It is a constantly growing image collection shared with the campus community. Our collection of digital images, videos and Art History MA theses is here to facilitate instruction and learning through access to a comprehensive collection of visual materials from Prehistoric to Contemporary periods.

What's in the Image Database?

· digital images
· videos
· MA theses

Who can use the Image Database?

The Image Database is available to any campus user for instructional or research use. Campus users within the UC Davis ip range can access thumbnail and medium images. Campus users in the Art network (the Art Building, the MFA studios, the Art Annex and Everson) can access thumbnail, medium and large image files. If you would like to access the Image Database from off campus or download large image files, please contact the Leah Theis to register an account.

What if I can't find an image I need?

If you do not find the slide you are looking for, please come by the VRF (Everson 163) or contact the VRF staff (Leah Theis and Lisa Zdybel) to see if we can locate the image you are looking for and add it to our catalog for you. If you have a book with the image or slide of the image you need, we are happy to digitize it for you and add it to our Image Database. Your requests help make this shared resource grow and develop.


Please note that we no longer make slides and that the database does not contain the entire slide or video collections but we are happy to digitize existing slides and add them to the online catalog on request.

If you prefer the DIY approach, the VRF has flatbed scanners (2 large format Epson 10000XL flatbed scanners and 2 standard sized (8 x 12 inch) Epson flatbed scanners (with transparency adaptors) available for use. We can help you get set-up and offer guidance and best-practice suggestions.


How do I look for images?

You can look for images on one of two ways. You can do an image search or an item search.

What is an Image Search?

If you are trying to find a work of art, architecture or material culture, a subject, artist, period or style, material or technique, you should use Image Search located in the left-hand navigation bar. You can conduct a Simple search (the default) or an Advanced Search. In both approaches, you will select a heading from the drop-down menu(s): Title / Object Name, Artist, Nationality / Culture, Classification, Subject, Style / Period, Material and finally Technique. You may narrow or broaden your search with an adjacency option by selecting "Any Order", "Exact String" or "Match Any" next to the search box. If you are unsure of the name of the art work, the author or search term, you can use the wildcard (%) in the field or around the term and hit the search button (for example "Weissenhof%" for "Weissenhofsiedlung").

Image Search results bring you to the full catalog record for a work of art or architecture. The subject terms, artist names, place names, classifications, styles and periods are all hotlinked to a term or name definition page, and from here, you can also apply another search using these specific words or phrases. At the bottom of the full catalog record are thumbnails of all the digital image holdings available. If you find an image you want to view or download, click on the text description below the thumbnail and download a large (2040 pixels) or medium (800 pixels) jpeg by clicking on "View Large" or "View Medium" next to the thumbnail.

You may notice that some works are connected to other works or have hierarchical relationships identified as Parent or Child Related Works under the category Related Works. Searches using Image Search will allow you to locate both parent and child works and clicking on the work title under Related Works will bring you to the related work of art.

Examples of related works include:
· Weissenhofsiedlung
· 1-4 Wohnungen [a Child of Weissenhofsiedlung]

· Twelve Views of Tiger Hill, Suchou
· Bamboo Pavilion, Tiger Hill [Leaf 11 of Twelve Views of Tiger Hill, Suchou, an album with 12 leaves. Bamboo Pavilion, Tiger Hill is a Child of Twelve Views of Tiger Hill, Suchou]

· Crystal Palace
· Great Exhibition (1851 : London, England) [a Parent of Crystal Palace]

When should I use a Simple Search?


When should I use an Advanced Search?


What is the wildcard?

A wildcard may come in handy when you want to do a broad search or you are uncertain about the correct spelling of a word. The % (percentage sign) is our wildcard. You can truncate or place the wildcard at the start or end of a word or term.

Examples
· %Agesand% or %Rhodes in the Artist field will find Agesandros of Rhodes
· abb% in the subject field will retrieve Abbasid dynasty, abbey churches and abbeys.

What is an Item Search?

An Item Search will help you locate a specific slide or digital image of a work of art or architecture. Item Searches are useful when you are looking for specific view types (ie. plans, maps etc.), images taken or purchased from specific sources (ie. books, periodicals, etc.) or a specific digital file (ie. image 201045). Results from an Item Search are linked to the full catalog records of works of art and architecture at the bottom of the item record under the title "Related Works."

If you are uncertain about the correct spelling or want to perform a broad search, you may want to use the wildcard (%). The wild card can be used at the start or end of a word or term and can be applied to both Image Search and Item Search.

What is a Search Criteria List?

Search Criteria Lists are lists of subjects, locations, styles / periods, techniques, materials, artists names and nationalities that we use in the Image Database. You can find these lists located in the left-hand navigation bar. Search Criteria Lists can help you select the appropriate terminology or name when searching the catalog. Each term is hotlinked to the definition used by the VRF catalogers based on standard library thesauri and databases (The Getty's Art and Architecture Thesaurus (labelled as AAT in the Image Database), Thesaurus of Geographic Place Names, and Union List of Artist Names, and Library of Congress' Subject Headings (labelled as LCSH in the Image Database)). You can search directly from these lists
as well from the image record in the catalog.

How do I find DVDs and videos?

To find DVDs and videos in the Image Database, click on Advanced search near the top of the Image Search page. From the advanced search page, you can now select the format you are looking for (DVD, VHS etc.) in your other search criteria. If you are unsure of the name of the video, you can enter the wildcard (%) in the title field and hit the search button. To browse our entire video collection, enter the wildcard in the title field and hit the search button.

How do I contact the VRF staff?

Leah Theis, Librarian
lctheis@ucdavis.edu

Lisa Zdybel, Assistant Librarian
lazdybel@ucdavis.edu

location 163 Everson
phone 530.752.3138
hours Monday to Thursday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Friday by appointment
web http://visualresources.ucdavis.edu/
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