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The Greenwood guide to American popular culture / edited by M. Thomas Inge and Dennis Hall [vol. 2 is dedicated to editorial cartoons]
Location: Norlin Reference Stacks
Call #: E169.1 G7555 2002


Editorial cartooning and caricature : a reference guide / Paul P. Somers, Jr
Location: Norlin Stacks
Call #: Z5956.C3 S66 1998


Drawn to extremes : the use and abuse of editorial cartoons / Chris Lamb
Location: Norlin Stacks
Call #: E183 .L36 2004


Cartoons and lampoons : the art of political satire / Samuel A. Tower
Location: Norlin Stacks
Call#: E183. T73 1982


The political cartoon / Charles Press
Location: Art and Architecture Stacks
Call #: NC 1763.P66 P73


Graphic opinions : editorial cartoonists and their art / edited by Jack Colldeweih and Kalman Goldstein
Location: Art and Architecture Stacks
Call #: NC1426. G73 1998


LC Subject Headings


Here are a few potential subject headings used in Chinook:


Editorial cartoons -- United States
Political cartoons
American wit and humor, Pictorial
World politics Caricatures and cartoons


Below are a few suggested databases useful for locating editorial cartoons and other images.


Academic Search Premier

Select the Images tab on the top right menu bar to search for photos and images in a wide range of electronic journals. This scholarly multi-disciplinary database contains indexing for over 8,000 publications, with full text for more than 4,450 of those titles. CU

AccuNet/AP multimedia archive About this Resource

Provides a sensory journey of photographs, audio sound bites, graphics and text spanning over 160 years of history. Student comprehension and recall skills will improve with visually stimulating imagery meant for use in research papers, theses, reports and PowerPoint presentations. Access is for one concurrent user. CU

Art Full text

Search for art reproductions by limiting the document type. Subjects include: Advertising Art, Antiques, Archaeology, Architecture and Architectural History, Art History, Computers inArt, Crafts, Decorative Arts, Fashion Design, Folk Art, Graphic Arts, Industrial Design, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture, Motion Pictures, Museology, Non-Western Art, Painting, Photography, Pottery, Sculpture, Television, Textiles, Video. CU

Google Image Search and Google News 

Enter your keywords and use the phrase political cartoon as a search term. If Google Image Search yields older results, narrow down the search by entering the year you're interested in finding images from. 


Use the advanced search option and limit search to caption titles. Provides image and full-text online access to back issues of selected scholarly journals in history, economics, political science, demography, mathematics and other fields of the humanities and social sciences. CU


New York Public Library digital gallery

Provides access to over 275,000 images digitized from primary sources and printed rarities in the collections of The New York Public Library, including illuminated manuscripts , historical maps , vintage posters , rare prints and photographs , illustrated books , printed ephemera , and more.

Proquest Newsstand

Limit format to 'Editorial Cartoon' . Index w/ full-text of articles in Wall Street Journal and 500+ other major U.S. and international newspapers, news wires and other news sources. CU

ProQuest Historical Newspapers

Choose 'News- The Historical [Newspaper Name]' from the database drop down menu. Under 'More Search Options' limit format to 'Editorial Cartoon'. Provides online access to newspapers, including New York Times and Wall Street Journal. Most access if pre-1970s.

Example: The Historical New York Times

To find more news sources go to Finding News Articles


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