Images: How to search for visual resources
Last Updated: May 17, 2023 Views: 68

There are two ways that you can find images:

  • Digital resource collections.
  • Open multimedia

Digital Resource Collections

The digital resource collections provide access to many useful and informative images.

Be aware that these images are protected by copyright. Make sure you read the copyright information and any licence or terms of use for each image. You might be able print the image or use it in an in-class presentation, but you will not be able to republish it on a website. Make sure you cite these images if you use them. You can find information about how to cite in our Citation Guide.

To find images in a digital resource collection:

  1. Open the list of Databases A-Z from the Library website and change the database type to Image.
  2. Choose a digital resource collection.
  3. Conduct a search with your search terms within the collection. The collection may not automatically filter your results to images.
  4. Use the collection’s search limiters to filter your search results to images.

Note: A current College Network Account is required for off-campus searching.

Open Multimedia

If you are looking for images to include in a video, infographic, website or anything else that will be available to the public, it is important that you are not using images that are protected by copyright restrictions.

There are several websites that you can use to find free images available for use. You can find a list of some of these sites on the Open Multimedia page of our OER Guide. Make sure to follow the license attached to each media resource as rules and regulations do still apply.

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