Using Visual Resources
This guide is designed to help you locate high-quality digital images quickly and easily.
The images included in these resources encompass many subject areas in the arts and humanities and social sciences. For the sake of simplicity they have been grouped into the categories of Art, Architecture and Photography.
A number of copyright-free digital image websites are listed under "Free Open Web Sources" found on the "Free vs. Fee Images" tab.
These suggestions are from the University of Washington Subject Guide for Images, created by Denise Hattwig and Justin Wadland.
Browse the databases in the Subject Guide of your choice.
Try searching more than one database.
Move beyond Google Images: try ARTstor or another image database.
Familiarize yourself with the database you have chosen. Browse it and use the "About" or "Help" pages.
Vary the keywords you use in your search.
It is important to critically evaluate images just as you would for any other source, to determine their quality, reliability, and appropriateness. Elements to consider are analysis of the content, the image itself, the accompanying information, source of the images, and technical quality. For further information, see the University of Washington Subject Guide for Images, created by Denise Hattwig and Justin Wadland. Go to: Evaluating Images
Duke Guide to Images
Lee Sorenson, Visual Studies Librarian at Duke University, has prepared a research guide covering visual literacy, image searching, and legal questions. It has links to multiple websites and could be useful for any course--art or non-art--that uses images as documentation sources: Duke University Libraries Visual Literacy LibGuide