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This guide provides information for researchers who need to find images for use in their papers.
If you need help, stop by the Reference Desk or contact a Reference Librarian.
Centre College subscribes to the following paid image repositories.
ARTstor This link opens in a new window
Digital library of more than one million images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and social sciences with a suite of software tools to view, present, and manage images for research and pedagogical purposes. Centre College faculty may upgrade their ARTstor account to instructor status by contacting Crystal Ellis.
Academic Search Complete This link opens in a new window
To find images using Academic Search Complete, type in your search term and then scroll down to Image Quick View Types. Check B/W Photo, Color Photo and Illustration.
Britannica Academic Media Browse
Contains thousands of images, browseable by topics such as: animals, arts and literature, earth and geography, history, plants, science and mathematics, society, sports and technology.
COIL: Centre Online Image Library (Centre Slide Library) This link opens in a new window
This digital image database replaces MDID. Available to Centre College users via login.
JSTOR Plant Science This link opens in a new window
Access to botanical and other resources from around the world including: more than 600,000 plant type specimens; over 175,000 scientific research articles, and more than 20,000 paintings, photographs, drawings, and other images.
MasterFile Premier This link opens in a new window
Designed for public libraries, MasterFILE Premier contains full text for nearly 1,700 periodicals. This database also contains full text from reference books, primary source documents, and an image collection of photos, maps and flags.
Oxford Art Online This link opens in a new window
Provides web access to the entire text of Grove Art and The Dictionary of Art along with several other art resources such as The Oxford Companion to Western Art, Benezit Dictionary of Artists, Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, and The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms.
Women's Studies Archive This link opens in a new window
Women's Issues and Identities spans multiple geographic regions, providing a variety of perspectives on women's experiences and cultural impact. Within the archive can be found fascinating historical records from Europe, North and South America, Africa, India, East Asia, and the Pacific Rim with content in English, French, German, and Dutch.
General Online Image Repositories
Library of Congress
Primary resources. Art, performing arts, sound recordings, film and video, maps, manuscripts, .
Digital Public Library
Millions of open images, texts, videos, and sounds from across the United States
Smithsonian Open Access
Search, download, share, and reuse millions of the Smithsonian’s images.
Search for creative commons images.
To find specifically royalty-free images using Google, search for your subject. Then click on: Settings => Advanced Search => scroll down to Usage rights and choose "Free to use, share or modify, even commercially."
WorldImages - California State University IMAGE Project This link opens in a new window
The internationally recognized WorldImages database provides access to the California State University IMAGE Project. It contains almost 75,000 images, is global in coverage and includes all areas of visual imagery. WorldImages is accessible anywhere and its images may be freely used for non-profit educational purposes. The images can be located using many search techniques, and for convenience they are organized into over 800 portfolios which are then organized into subject groupings.
Subject Specific Repositories
If you do not see the subject you need images for here, consult the curated lists in the "Link lists organized by subject" box below.
IPM Images This link opens in a new window
This image database on integrated pest management allows the user to browse by commodity, taxonomy and damage type.
Curated Link lists organized by subject
University of Minnesota Digital Image Collections Guide
A thorough, authoritative, curated bibliography of quality image collections listed by subject: Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences, Physical Sciences and Engineering, Agriculture, Biological, and Environmental Sciences, Health Sciences
Free Images for Academic/Scholarly Use
A list of "free" image banks" in the U.S. and abroad primarily for museums (scroll down to the bottom of the page). This page also provides information about rights clearance for images
Art and Architecture Images on the Web
List of web resources for art and architecture images, annotated by librarian Karen Bouchard of Brown University.
Science & Medical Images
List of web resources for science images, annotated by librarian Karen Bouchard.
Information on Visual Resources and Digital Image Use