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.
- 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!
Start with these Resources
Creative Commons Materials
Be sure the images you select are free from restrictions! Here are some sources to explore:
- Flickr Commons - to limit search to Creative Commons, click Advanced Search and check the appropriate box. When you click on an image you like, look for the copyright info under "Additional Information" in the bottom right.
- Wikimedia Commons - a database of freely usable media files.
- Google Usage Rights - to limit search, click Advanced Search and select appropriate level of access under "usage rights".
- MorgueFile - Free stock photos, created by artists for the common good.
- Finding Images Guide - explore the JHU guide on how to locate images; note that most of these are not free of license restriction, be sure to explore each image individual for permission.
Be sure to cite the source of your restriction-free image!
EXAMPLE: Image by Everyskyline via Flickr / CC by 2.0