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KINE 1338 SE Evans: Finding Visuals

Tips for Finding Images

Images are also information resources. If you use images that are not your own and are not freely available, you will need to cite them. Any images you pull off the internet need to be cited unless they are specifically declared in the public domain. You may want to use the resources below to help you quickly find relevant images. 

Websites for Finding Medical Images

Finding Images Using Online Search Engines

Bing Image Search
If you find a useful image, this engine has a "show similar images" feature that may be helpful. 

Creative Commons Search
Use this search to find materials licensed for reuse. Please make sure you cite appropriately

Google Image Search
Searches for images and offers results in thumbnail galleries.  Refers researcher to the page on the web where the image is located.

The PicSearch image search engine organizes results by relevance as opposed to popularity.  When selecting an image from the results gallery, searchers are given information about the image. For example, a results page for an image gives the Image URL so that a searcher can go directly to the image.

Citing and Copyright Issues

Most images are copyrighted.  Be sure to cite the source of the images you use.

If you use an image you did not create, you must provide a citation. Images should be cited in all cases, even if the image is very small or in the public domain. .

Image citations should include the following information at a minimum:

  • Title
  • Creator name
  • Repository information (museum, library, or other owning institution)
  • Image source (database, website, book, postcard, vendor, etc.)
  • Date accessed

It is also useful to include the creation date and rights information if known.

Citations can be formatted in APA or MLA styles.

Digital images need to be used responsibly. Most databases and websites provide information about how their images can be used. It is important to read this information carefully and comply with all usage guidelines. Usage guidelines can vary considerably, so be alert to differences and details.