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Need Help Finding and Using Images for Your Research Project?

Posted in Guides, and research

cartoon figure looking confused at large headHey Matadors! It may be that time of year when you are working on a project that requires you to find and use 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 it. This is where we can help! The Oviatt Library offers a Finding and Using Images Guide to help you find and use images for educational purposes.

Here are a few pointers to keep in mind when beginning your search for and use of images:

  • ​Images 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.

These recommendations are just a starting point in the process of finding and using images. For much for information and assistance please visit our Finding and Using Images Guide.

– Jamie Johnson