This is UCLan's Photography library page.

For more help and guidance please contact your Faculty Librarians: Julie Hitchen and Francesca Robinson


Search for books and ebooks on Library Search. It will tell you what we have in stock and where to find it.

Sometimes there may only be a chapter on a specific topic rather than a whole book. To find those, you will need to use one of our ebook databases which allow you to search through the whole text of a book. We have several ebook collections but a good place to start would be Ebook Central.

Library Search
Ebook collections
Ebook Central

Journals and Articles

Journal Finder provides details of our print journals and e-journals collections. Library Search will find specific articles from journals so is a good place to start, as it searches across thousands of different journals and will uncover articles in places you may not think to look.

eResources and Databases

Journal Databases

The library subscribes to a large collection of databases and you can look on the E-Databases A-Z list to see the full range. These include a range of multi-subject databases which are relevant to many subject areas. Depending on your topic you may find additional relevant material here.
There is no single database which contains references to all Photography journals. You will need to look at a range of resources. Useful places to start are listed below:

  • a-n The Artists Information Company - A contemporary visual arts information site including the full text of a-n Magazine. Also includes practical information for artists and designers: artist's contract toolkit, codes of practice for visual arts, good exhibition practice, a what's on guide and more
  • Art Full Text - Art Full Text and Art Abstracts provides the full text of 133 journals, plus references to articles in some 300 more. Subjects include art, architectural history, crafts, design, photography, film, and museology.
  • ARTbibliographies Modern - ARTBibliographies Modern indexes art journals and notes exhibition catalogues, books, and other publications. References are accompanied by 'abstracts' [or summaries]. ABM is concerned with the 'modern' period, from approximately 1880 to date, although its coverage of photograph begins with the origins of photography. ABM covers all aspects of contemporary art, including photography, and expands into craft, design, and more.
  • Arts & Humanities Database - This database features hundreds of titles covering Art, Architecture, Design, History, Philosophy, Music, Literature, Theatre and Cultural Studies.
  • Design & Applied Arts Index [DAAI] - Is a comprehensive index to over 300 design and design-related journals. It contains data on over 27,000 designers, craftspeople, studios, firms and workshops. Subjects covered include animation, architecture, industrial design, interior design, furniture, ceramics, glass, jewellery, fashion, textiles, embroidery, advertising, packaging, photography, and much more. From 1987 to date.

Visual Resources


  • Box of Broadcasts - BoB enables staff and students to choose and record any broadcast programme from 60+ TV and radio channels. The recorded programmes are then kept indefinitely (no expiry) and added to a growing media archive.


  • Worth Global Style Network (WGSN) Fashion - WGSN is an online news and information service providing up-to-date information on current topics in the fashion and style industries. It provides in-depth trend forecasts, coverage of key trade events, including international catwalks, analysis of retail sales, company profiles and reports on topics ranging from visual merchandising to street style.
  • Newspaper Archives - Here newspapers can be viewed in full digital facsimile format, with advertisements, news stories and images that capture 20th century culture and society.

Two newspaper archives that may be particularly useful are:

  • Picture Post Historical Archive - Picture Post’s innovative use of photo-journalism captured the imagination of the British people. In the era before television, it became the window on the world for ordinary people, bringing the major social and political issues of the day into popular consciousness.


  • - For online help with photography gear, lighting, software, printing and more try

Julie Hitchen

Faculty Librarian for Culture and the Creative Industries
01772 892267

Francesca Robinson

Assistant Faculty Librarian for Culture and the Creative Industries
01772 895132