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Images - Finding & Using

This guide provides information on how to find and use images for research and educational purposes.

Getting Started

This research guide provides resources about what to consider when looking for, thinking critically about, and using images for research and educational purposes. This includes information on:

  • the difference between image full text and image index databases
  • finding and using Open Access image websites
  • citing images using a specific citation style
  • Copyright and Creative Commons permissions or attributions


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. For 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.  See the Databases section of this guide for more image collections in Art-related and multidisciplinary databases.

 Image result for jstor  Image result for oxford art online

Search Tips

Searching Artstor: An Introduction

For help with finding, viewing, and downloading images using the database Artstor, watch the video below.

Using Google Image Search

For help with verifying, tracking, or finding information about an image on Google (including reverse image searches).

Image Slideshows on Bing

For help with making Bing's image search results play like a slideshow (save yourself from having to scroll through pages of crowded images).

Research Help

Need additional help? Do not hesitate to contact me.

Art Librarian Sara Ellis

Sara Ellis
Art & Visual Literacy Librarian
Music, Art & Architecture Library
Room 414, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre
1961 East Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1

Phone: 604-827-3549