Finding Images

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Myst Telescope by Brapke, via Flickr

Searching for Images

Unlike searching for text sources where the subject is often relatively easy to describe, putting images into words can be challenging.

Below are general tips for finding useful images.

Search tips:

  • Look in specialized image databases first.  These have more advance image searches than Google.
  • Look in journal indexes for illustrated articles.  Many articles in periodicals have great illustrations.
  • Search for illustrated books in our library online catalog.
  • If at first you don't succeed, try again:
    • Are there other terms that describe your subject?
    • Are there more concrete symbols that represent abstract concepts (e.g. ""heart" or "kiss" instead of "love")?
    • If you aren't turning up many results,  try more general terms.

If you are still having problems, ask a librarian for help!

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