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Finding and Using Images


Using images can greatly enhance your research, poster, or presentation. However, it can be confusing to know exactly where to find images and if you need permission to legally use them. This guide has been created to help you find and use images for educational purposes. It is a starting point to understand basic resources available to help find images using websites and library databases. Use the tabs on the left (or above, if using a mobile device) to navigate.


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Image credit: Jon Tyson on Unsplash

A few pointers to keep in mind:

  • ‚ÄčImages and photographs are protected by copyright. It is your responsibility to obtain permission to use images or find copyright friendly images. 
  • Image quality: make sure you choose a photo that has good pixilation and can withstand being enlarged if needed.
  • Search or keyword terms: search engines rely on the description of the image in order to locate results. Images that are not correctly named or poorly named may be difficult to find. If you are having difficulties, try brainstorming for other keywords.
    • Brainstorming Keywords: consider people, location, title, subject matter, time period, artist, or materials. Try using synonyms or variant spellings to expand your search. 
  • Try searching in more than one database or search engine. Not all images are located in one database.


Guide Credit

This guide has been adapted with permission from the Finding and Using Images guide of the CSUN Oviatt Library.

Last Updated: Feb 13, 2024 2:32 PM