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VIS 601: Photography & Multimedia Fundamentals (Summer 2020)

A research starting points guide for students enrolled in Paula Nelson's VIS 601 course


SU Libraries offers valuable research tools and sources designed to assist students researching within visual communications.  See this guide's menu bar for links to starting points.  Seek out a librarian for advice or an appointment when you require further guidance.

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Library Starting Points - Fundamentals

Digital New York Times

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New York Times Digital Edition via Syracuse University Libraries: Access available to all current Syracuse University NETID holders, with email addresses

Provides access to:

  • New York Times content from 1851 to present, from the print and digital editions
  • Digital journalism that includes videos, podcasts, interactive media and more, from mid-1990s to present
  • Page image print edition content:
    • via the Times Machine from 1851-2002
      • Note: PDF viewing/downloading of Times Machine content from 1923-1980 is limited to 5 per day
      • Via New York Times app for 7 days
      • If seeking article text and page imaged print edition New York Times back issues only, these are also available via the library's subscription to ProQuest News & Newspapers (including print editions beyond the end date of coverage by the Times Machine)

      Does not provide access to:

      • Crossword Puzzles
      • Note that access is limited to current NetID holders with accounts only, and will expire after a specified period of time. Current Syracuse University faculty, students, and staff may reauthenticate. If you register as a student, enter your graduation year.

Registration Instructions - Digital New York Times

To register for a New York Times Digital Edition account:

  1. Go to this registration page, and if off-campus, log in to the EZProxy page with your NetID.
  2. Click on: Create Account
  3. Create a New York Times account using your address and a password of your choice. Do not use your NetID login/password. Note that access is limited to current NetID holders with accounts only. If you register as a student, enter your graduation year.
  4. Click: Sign Up
  5. Click: Get Started
  6. After registering, you can access the New York Times directly (without going through the SU Libraries site) by going to or connecting via mobile app, if enabled.
  7. Please note the New York Times Terms of Service and Privacy agreements.
  8. If you are having problems registering or accessing your account subsequently, please submit the problem using the Report an Electronic Resource Issue form.
  9. Access will expire after one year for faculty and staff, and at stated graduation date for students.
    • Current SU faculty and staff will receive an email to reauthenticate their account.
    • Students will receive notification when access ends. Continuing students need to reach out to the New York Times to extend access.

Additional information: The New York Times in Education site provides information about educational resources available to account holders.

Already have a personal account:  It is not possible to use the same email address for both a personal and a Syracuse University Libraries digital New York Times account.  Call NYT's Customer Service Department at 800-698-4637 to cancel a paid account that uses an email address, before registering for access through SU's campus-wide site license. Visit NYT's "contact us" website to see additional options for contacting NYT regarding personal accounts.

Help With Citing?

Need help on formatting the sources you cite in your academic writing (e.g., APA, MLA, etc.) or want access to a full-fledged online bibliographic management system-like "Mendeley " or "Zotero?"  Visit the SU Libraries Citation Support website.


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More Guides Like This One

Visit for additional librarian created research guides in various disciplines.  Guides gather together relevant starting points considerations, links to discipline or content type specific databases and related recommendations

For example, VIS 601 students can consider also visiting any one or more of these guides 

..Starting points on the main VIS 601 guide should be sufficient for most, but visit these other guides if desired (there will be duplication of some leading best bet databases on several of these guides).