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Images - Finding & Using

This guide provides information on where to find images for your research and direction on the use of images for educational purposes.

Getting Started

Finding images for a research paper, a course assignment or for sharing online can be challenging. This guide will walk you through what to consider when finding and using images. Elements to consider:

  • The difference between image full text and image index databases
  • Open access image websites
  • How to cite images using a specific citation style guide
  • Copyright and creative commons permissions/attributions

Here is an example of citing an image with a Creative Commons (CC) license:

Title: Mermaid Cove Sunrise

Creator: Jerry Meadon

Source: Flikr

Copyright Information: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)


Note: The use of digital images is often subject to copyright and/or licensing restrictions. Consult each site's information on rights and reproductions, especially if you plan to use an image in a publication. It is equally important that you cite images properly. For more guidance on how to cite images in a research paper, see the How to Cite section of this guide.

Key Image Resources

Listed below are few image resources.  For many more resources, explore the menu topics to the left.

Search Tips

Searching ARTstor

For help finding, viewing, and downloading images in ARTstor, please see the helpful video below.

Reverse image search with Google Images

A quick look at how to use reverse image searches on Google.

Use slideshows for easy image searches on Bing

Save yourself from scrolling through pages of crowded images by learning how to make Bing's image search results play like a slideshow.

Library Research Help

Visit one of UBC Library's branch websites to find out the ways in which we can help.

Alternatively, use BC's provincial AskAway Service below.

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