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Finding Reference Images

Use this research guide to find helpful reference images for your assignments.

Searching for Vehicle Images

When searching for reference images of vehicles, remember to think critically about what keywords you are using.

Some important things to consider when brainstorming what keywords to search are historical periods, make and modelmaterials, and vehicle type (train, car, spacecraft, etc.)


Here is select list of subject headings to try searching in the Goldstein Library Catalog. You'll want to try different search terms and strategies as your research develops.

  • Automobiles
  • Automobiles--History
  • Locomotives--History
  • Railroad--History
  • Airplanes--History

Below is a small selection of books to gather reference images for cars, boats, trains, and other vehicles. Helpful sections to browse for additional titles will be based on what type of vehicles you are researching. Most helpful titles will be located in the TLs and VMs.