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How do I... find images?

 

  • Images you can use
  • Art/Arch
  • Photos
  • People
  • Ads, Cartoons, Maps

 

This How do I guide offers hints and tips to help you find images, as well as general rules for using them. Images and photographs are intellectual property, if you use them be sure to know where they came from, their copyright status, and why you can use them.

 

Public Domain

Images in the Public Domain are no longer under copyright protection and can be used freely. The following databases and websites are great places to find public domain images, but be aware not all images found in these databases are in the public domain.

 

Library Databases

These databases are licensed by the library and made available to the CU community under an agreement that they are to be used for educational or classroom use.

 

Creative Commons

Images and Photos made available under a creative commons license are free to use, with varying restrictions. You must always attribute the image to the photographer. You can search most image databases for creative commons licensed images

 

Images under Copyright

Images that have not entered the public domain, are under copyright. In cases like the previous categories they are made available under specific licenses. In other cases, you'll have to rely on fair use if you want to incorporate an image. Fair Use is the legal, unauthorized use of copyrighted material, allowable under certain circumstances Generally educational and classroom use falls under fair use, but there are many images use cases that can be fair.

 

More Images Information

 

+ Images in Books and Magazines

 

Find images in books :

  • For a general image search, do a Keyword search in Chinook for your subject and one of the following search terms: exhibitions, illustrated periodicals, illustrated books, photographs, portraits, pictorial works or caricatures and cartoons.

anatomy and pictorial works
women and cartoons
african americans and portraits

  • Or, do a keyword search for "___ in art"

France in art
rain in art

  • Look at the physical descriptions of books retrieved in a catalog search (description field)
    "Ill" stands for illustrations, "col" for colored, meaning two or more colors, "maps," "plans," and "ports" for portraits.

Find images in magazines and newspapers

  • Open Proquest Newspapers. CU In the Advanced Search, select "Image Caption" from the drop down menu. Enter your search terms. (Present)
  • Open Times Digital Archive. CU Scroll down and limit your search to "Picture Gallery". 1785-1985
  • Open Reader's Guide. CUThe "Physical Description" drop box allows you to specify various image descriptions. (1890-present)
  • Open C19: The Nineteenth Century Index . CU Select Search Indexes: American Periodicals Series and British Periodicals allow you to search by illustration (1770-1919)
  • Open Early English Books Online (EEBO). CUFrom the Advanced search, it is possible to specify illustration type. 1475-1700

Also browse the following magazines:

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+ Futher Web Resources
Search Engines:


Google Image Search
Use the Advanced Image Search to specify image sizes (small, medium, or large). Google Image retrieves images based on text in the caption, on the page near the image, and other factors. Images retrieved may be copyright protected.

 

Yahoo Image Search
Use Advanced Search to find specific image sizes. Images retrieved may be copyright protected.

Selected online image collections:

  • Flickr - The Commons: A collection of the world's public photos.
  • LIFE Photo Archive (hosted by Google): Search millions of photographs from the LIFE photo archive, from the 1750s to today.
  • Stock.xchng: photo sharing site with 1000s of images. Usage restrictions are given for each photo.
  • PDImages: public domain images. Thumbnail images available free with attribution.
  • Pics4Learning: "copyright friendly images for use by students and teachers in an educational setting."
  • American Memory Collections: Searchable database of Library of Congress digital collection of photos and prints. See comments on Rights & Reproductions for terms of use.
  • Joconde: This database is the collective catalog of all French museums, and, as such, contains archeological, fine art, ethnological, historical, scientific and technological images. The webpage is only in French.
  • Smithsonian: More than 10,000 images from the Libraries’ collections
  • Calisphere: Primary source images from California Institutions
  • For more, see Where to Find Free Images and Visuals for My Blog, an online article/blog that suggests a wealth of resources!

Also, try this Tutorial from Intute for more help.

+ Citing Images

How do I cite?

Citing images:

 

Content-bearing, non-trivial images should be cited. Different citation styles have different rules for citing images.

Example for citing an image in a caption:

Description or title of image. [Online Image] Available http://address/filename, date of document or download.

More on citing images:

 

Visual Resource Centers

Looking for expert assistance finding and using images?  Staff in the Visual Resources Collection in the Department of Art & Art History can assist you with image needs related to coursework in studio art and art history.  For students in environmental design or architecture courses, please consult staff in the Visual Resources Collection in the College of Architecture & Planning.

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Library and freely available resources which will help find art and architecture images:

 

+ Databases

ARTstor CU
Searchable database of nearly a million digital images and associated catalog data. ARTstor covers many time periods and cultures, and documents the fields of architecture, painting, sculpture, photography, decorative arts, and design, as well as many other forms of visual culture. Users can search, view, and download images.

 

Oxford (Grove) Art Online CU

Online reference resource for all aspects of the visual arts worldwide from prehistory to the present day.

 

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+ Online Collections

ART

Art Images for College Teaching

Emphasizing ancient, medieval, and Renaissance European art and architecture. AICT is intended primarily to disseminate images of art and architectural works in the public domain on a free-access, free-use basis to all levels of the educational community, as well as to the public at large.

 

Bridgeman Art Library
Find art images from museums, collections and artists from around the world.

 

Google Image Search

Google Image Search is the fastest way to locate an image. Put the artist or work of art/architecture in "quotes" for best results.

 

Web Gallery of Art

The Web Gallery of Art is a virtual museum and searchable database of European painting and sculpture of the Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque periods (1100-1850), currently containing over 14,500 reproductions. Commentaries on pictures, biographies of artists are available.

 

WebMuseum Paris

WebMuseum is an online collection of images ranging from European Gothic to Twentieth Century to Japanese art and architecture. The site was created to showcase art and architecture and to provide an online resource to items available in art museums around the world. Anyone is able to contribute to the collection of online images therefore it is necessary to be careful about the nature of the information provided.

ARCHITECTURE

40 Centuries of Architecture
Egyptian, Greek, Islamic, Romanesque, Roman, Gothic, Byzantine, and Armenian architecture. THAIS, Milan.

 

American Memory Project – Architecture, Landscape collections
From the Library of Congress.

ArchNet
Islamic architecture image library of historic and contemporary buildings and sites and general views. MIT School of Architecture and Planning and University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture, in cooperation with the Aga Khan Trust for Culture.

 

Catena Digital Archive of Historic Gardens & Landscapes
This collection from the Bard Graduate Center is currently focused on a number of Italian villas. Note:  to view images in Insight you must have pop-up windows enabled on your browser. To download images for educational purposes you must first register with Catena.

 

Cities and Buildings Database
The University of Washington's collection of nearly 10,000 ancient to contemporary images is for use by students, faculty, and the academic community.

 

Electronic Library of Colorado Architecture, Landscape, and Planning

The Colorado Architecture Collection includes several thousand images of over 300 Colorado sites and structures, including those which are significant because they have received awards from professional design and planning associations or because they appear on state and national registers of historic places.

 

CU Digital Library

The web site features the University's unique collections, including Aerial Photographs of Colorado, and the Architecture and Planning, Art and Art History , and Auraria Visual Resources Collections, as well as Building Colorado Story by Story: the Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps Collection, Colorado Architecture, and shared collections from other universities across the nation that use the same software platform.

 

A Digital Archive of American Architecture  
Boston College Professor Jeffrey Howe's personal collection of images. Selective.

 

Digital Library for the Decorative Arts and Material Culture
Images of furniture and decorative arts objects and digital facsimiles of texts published on architecture, landscape architecture, and the decorative arts. Volumes in the digital text collection include works by Robert Adam, Asher Benjamin, Owen Jones, John Buonarotti Papworth, Humphry Repton, Samuel Sloan, and Gustave Stickley. From the University of Wisconsin Madison and the Chipstone Foundation.

 

The Great Buildings Collection
1000 buildings documented with images, text, and references.

 

Landscape Architecture Image Resource (LAIR)
Shared image bank of images from a variety of sources. From the USDA and 6 universities.

 

Pidgeon Audiovisual Digital Architectural Library
Collection of images and illustrated talks by architects on their work. The collection was started in 1979 and previously available as slide sets with accompanying audio tapes. Digitization is ongoing.

 

Society of Architectural Historians Image Exchange
Images contributed by SAH members. Collection divided into categories designed to accompany American or World Survey courses in architectural history.

+ Print Sources

Many books and articles also contain images.

 

Images from Articles
Search a subject or general or interdisciplinary database for images. Many databases indicate whether or not the article contains images. You can also limit to articles with images.

 

Try:

Indexes

Search the following indexes, which are all held in ARTARC REF.

  • Check the Title Index for what you need (the title often indicates the subject).
  • This will give you a code or an abbreviation (If it gives you the artist's name, look in the Author Index to get the code.) The code stands for a particular book which has a reproduction of the image you need.
  • Check the code list in the front of the first volume to get the title of the book.
  • Search for the title in Chinook or request it through InterLibrary Loan.

Try:

  • World Painting Index ND45 .H38
  • Sculpture Index NB36 .C55
  • Index to Two-Dimensional Works N7525 .K67
  • Index to Art Reproductions in Books N7525 .H48

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Library and freely available resources which will help find photos.

 

+ Databases

ARTstor CU
Searchable database of more than 300,000 digital images and associated catalog data. ARTstor covers many time periods and cultures, and documents the fields of architecture, painting, sculpture, photography, decorative arts, and design, as well as many other forms of visual culture. Users can search, view, and download images.

 

Oxford (Grove) Art Online CU

Online reference resource for all aspects of the visual arts worldwide from prehistory to the present day.

 

AP Images / AccuNet Associated Press Photo Archive CU
2 million news photographs from 1826 to the present. Most are from the last ten years. 3000 photographs are added to the collection daily.

 

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+ Online Collections

American Memory
This Library of Congress site provides still and moving images documenting American history and the American experience.

 

Duke Digital Collections

Featured collections are freely available on the Internet and include the Emergence of Advertising in America, Ration Coupons on the Home Front (1942-1945), and the 50,000 item William Gedney Photographs and Writings collection.

 

Early Photography: 1839-1860

Early examples of photographs from the Netherlands, France, England, Germany and the United States by both Dutch and foreign photographers. Every technique is represented, from daguerreotypes to salted paper prints, glass negatives, paper negatives and photolithographs.

 

Harvard University Library: A Selection of Web-Accessible Collections

A list of visual resource collections that are unique to Harvard University, but reside in different repositories on the Harvard campus. Collections include the Harvard Daguerreotype Collection, the Hedda Morrison Photographs of China, Immigration to the United States (1789-1930), Legal Portraits Online, and the Latin American Pamphlet Digital Collection.

 

Historical Photograph Collections at the Arizona State Archives

33,000 digital images of primary materials from the historical photograph collections. Most of the photographs available through the public online database date to before 1940 and include examples of all types of photographic processes, including tintypes, glass lantern slides, and photographic postcards.

 

Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)

Through this database, it is also possible to carry out federated searching across the hundreds of digital collections that received support from IMLS. Adding "image" to the keyword search will retrieve digital images and their corresponding metadata. Browse Object to discover Photograph/Slide/Negative collections.

 

Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Online Catalog

Get access to more than 1 million digital images via one of the largest digital image databases in the world. Search for images by keyword, by browsing lists of alphabetized subjects, or by choosing a collection and looking through individual image records.

 

Los Angeles Public Library

More than 60,000 images featuring the work of many notable photographers active in the Los Angeles area over many decades, including some contemporary photographers. Search by keyword or photographer.

 

New York Public Library Digital Gallery

One of the largest open-access image databases available on the Internet featuring more than 600,000 digital images, including all kinds of primary materials, such as manuscripts, maps, photographs, prints, restaurant menus, sheet music covers, and much more.

 

The Picture Collection
The New York Public Library's collection of 30,000 images from pre-1923 books, magazines, newspapers, photographs, prints, and postcards.

 

Photomuse

A research resource for the history of photography. Features online exhibitions, a chronology of the evolution of photography complete with visuals and historical information, as well as an image database.

 

University of Washington Libraries Digital Collections

Many academic institutions have created digital libraries consisting of images that are free to use and accessible to anyone. The collection from the University of Washington offers several unique collections of images. Many are focused on the state of Washington but some offer unique glimpses in American history through photography collections such as the 19th century Actors Photographs.

 

Wisconsin Historical Society

A visual resource for Wisconsin history containing 35,000 photographs. Of special interest is the Wisconsin Historical Museum's Children's Clothing Collection where visitors may browse images of more than 2,000 articles of children's clothing dating back to the 18th century.

 

Yale University Library Digital Collections

More than 100,000 digital images are searchable and viewable by the public.

+ Print Sources

Special Collections has an important Photograph Collection. This includes photos, photobooks, photo serials etc.

 

Images in Books

To find books by a photographer do an AUTHOR search in Chinook.

 

To find books about a photographer or a photographer's work, do a KEYWORD search in Chinook for the photographer's name.

 

Or, do a Subject search in Chinook for Photograph or Photography to see the full extent of the Library holdings

 

Indexes

To find an index do a Subject search for Photographs - Catalogs

 

 

Library and freely available resources which will help find images of people.

 

+ Databases

Academic Search Premier CU

This scholarly multi-disciplinary database contains indexing for over 8,000 publications, with full text for more than 4,450 of those titles.

 

MasterFILE Premier CU

This multidisciplinary database provides full text for more than 1,750 general reference publications with full text information dating as far back as 1975.

 

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography CU

An illustrated collection of 56,000 biographies of the men and women who shaped all aspects of Britain's past, from the earliest times to the year 2003

 

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+ Online Collections

American Memory
This Library of Congress site provides still and moving images documenting American history and the American experience.

 

University of Washington Digital Collections
Access to tens of thousands of digital images covering a wide variety of subjects, but with an emphasis on the Pacific Northwest. The digital collections include image-heavy resources, such as the J. Willis Sayre Photographs of actors, vaudeville performers, and movie stills; the Washington Women's History Consortium Fashion Plate Collection; the Dearborn-Massar Photographs of Architecture; and the Seattle Photographs Collection.

 

Facesaerch

This search engine displays primarily faces and torso shots of people.

+ Print Sources

Images in Books

To find biographies of a person, do a KEYWORD search in Chinook for the name E.g. ("John Muir" OR "Muir, John"). Also include the keyword "biograph*" to find biography, biographies, biographical, etc.

 

Indexes

Cambridge Biographical Encyclopedia

Located in Norlin Reference Stacks, call number CT103 .C26 1994

 

Current Biography / Current Biography Yearbook (Annual, 1940 - present)

Located in Norlin Reference Stacks, call number CT100 .C8

 

Dictionary of American Biography

Located in Norlin Reference Stacks, call number E176 .D563

 

Specialized Biography Resources

 

Library and freely available resources which will help find images of ads, cartoons and maps.

 

+ Advertisements

Databases

AP Images CU

Provides a sensory journey of photographs, audio sound bites, graphics and text spanning over 160 years of history.

 

Readers' Guide CU

Database containing comprehensive indexing and abstracting of the most popular general-interest periodicals published in the United States and Canada, plus the full text of selected periodicals. Readers' Retrospective gives a detailed account of U.S. culture and history.

 

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Online Collections

Ad*Access

Access to 7,000 images from 1911 to 1955 in five main subject areas: Radio, Television, Transportation, Beauty and Hygiene, and World War II.

 

Emergence of Advertising Art in America: 1850-1920
Find images related to the early history of advertising in the United States.

 

Internet Archive: Prelinger Archives includes ads

This is a collection of over 60,000 "ephemeral" (advertising, educational, industrial, and amateur) films.

 

Luerzer's International Archive

 

Mixed Messages: Tracking Political Advertising (washingtonpost.com)

 

New York Public Library Digital Gallery

 

Super Ad Bowl: Two Decades of Players (The New York Times)

 

SUPERBOWL-ADS.COM

 

Vintage Ads

 

Webby Awards: nominees and winners (websites, interactive advertising, online film & video, mobile)

Print Resources

Find adverts in magazines and newspapers

  • Open Proquest Newspapers. CU In the Advanced Search, select "Image Caption" from the drop down menu. Enter your search terms. (Present)
  • Open Times Digital Archive. CU Scroll down and limit your search to "Picture Gallery". 1785-1985
  • Open Reader's Guide. CU The "Physical Description" drop box allows you to specify various image descriptions. (1890-present)
  • Open C19: The Nineteenth Century Index . CU Select Search Indexes: American Periodicals Series and British Periodicals allow you to search by illustration (1770-1919)

Take a look at the following magazines, located in Research Services (2nd floor, Norlin)

Or request the following magazines from Pascal (off site storage):

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+ Cartoons

Databases

Academic Search Premier CU

Select the Images tab on the top right menu bar to search for photos and images in a wide range of electronic journals. This scholarly multi-disciplinary database contains indexing for over 8,000 publications, with full text for more than 4,450 of those titles. CU

 

AP Images CU

Provides a sensory journey of photographs, audio sound bites, graphics and text spanning over 160 years of history. Student comprehension and recall skills will improve with visually stimulating imagery meant for use in research papers, theses, reports and PowerPoint presentations. Access is for one concurrent user.

 

Art Full Text CU

Search for art reproductions by limiting the document type. Subjects include: Advertising Art, Antiques, Archaeology, Architecture and Architectural History, Art History, Computers inArt, Crafts, Decorative Arts, Fashion Design, Folk Art, Graphic Arts, Industrial Design, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture, Motion Pictures, Museology, Non-Western Art, Painting, Photography, Pottery, Sculpture, Television, Textiles, Video.

 

JSTOR CU

Use the advanced search option and limit search to caption titles. Provides image and full-text online access to back issues of selected scholarly journals in history, economics, political science, demography, mathematics and other fields of the humanities and social sciences.

 

New York Public Library digital gallery

Provides access to over 275,000 images digitized from primary sources and printed rarities in the collections of The New York Public Library, including illuminated manuscripts , historical maps , vintage posters , rare prints and photographs , illustrated books , printed ephemera , and more.

 

Proquest Newsstand CU

Limit format to 'Editorial Cartoon.' Index w/ full-text of articles in Wall Street Journal and 500+ other major U.S. and international newspapers, news wires and other news sources.

 

ProQuest Historical Newspapers CU

Choose 'News- The Historical [Newspaper Name]' from the database drop down menu. Under 'More Search Options' limit format to 'Editorial Cartoon'. Provides online access to newspapers, including New York Times and Wall Street Journal. Most access if pre-1970s.

Example: The Historical New York Times CU

 

To find more news sources go to Finding News Articles

 

More Image Databases CU

 

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Online Collections

Digital Collections and Exhibits

AAEC Editorial Cartoon Digital Collection

 

Cartoon America: A Library of Congress Exhibit

 

Library of Congress Herblock's History

 

Library of Congress American Memory

 

Library of Congress American Political Prints 1776-1876

 

Library of Congress Learning Page- Political Cartoons

 

Running for Office: Campaigns, and the Cartoons of Clifford Berryman

 

The Editorial Cartoons of Jay N. Ding Darling

Websites & Online Publications

CartoonHub: A National hub for British Cartoons and Caricature

 

Daily Cartoonist

 

Daryl Cagle's Professional Cartoonists Index

 

Editorial Cartoons from Comics.com

 

Globe Cartoon

 

Slate- Today's cartoons

 

Universal Press Syndicate

Libraries & Special Collections

Caroline and Erwin Swann Collection of Caricature and Cartoon

 

Cartoon Research Library

 

Dr. Seuss Went to War

 

Political Cartoons of the Lilly Library

Organizations

The Association of American Editorial Cartoonists

 

National Cartoonists

 

Political Cartoon Society

More Online Image Resources

 

Editorial Cartoon Print Materials

The Greenwood guide to American popular culture / edited by M. Thomas Inge and Dennis Hall [vol. 2 is dedicated to editorial cartoons]

Location: Reference Department

Call #: E169.1 G7555 2002

 

Editorial cartooning and caricature : a reference guide / Paul P. Somers, Jr

Location: Norlin Stacks

Call #: Z5956.C3 S66 1998

 

Drawn to extremes : the use and abuse of editorial cartoons / Chris Lamb

Location: Norlin Stacks

Call #: E183 .L36 2004

 

Cartoons and lampoons : the art of political satire / Samuel A. Tower

Location: Norlin Stacks

Call#: E183. T73 1982

 

The political cartoon / Charles Press

Location: ARTARC

Call #: NC 1763.P66 P73

 

Graphic opinions : editorial cartoonists and their art / edited by Jack Colldeweih and Kalman Goldstein

Location: ARTARC

Call #: NC1426. G73 1998

LC Subject Headings

Here are a few potential subject headings used in Chinook:

 

Editorial cartoons -- United States
Political cartoons

American wit and humor, Pictorial

World politics Caricatures and cartoons

 

+ Maps

See the Map Library's How do I find Maps for more help.

 

We estimate that more than half of the maps in our collection are cataloged in Chinook (CU Boulder's online catalog). All of the atlases, reference books, and CDs in the Map Library can be found through Chinook.

 

Keyword searches are usually the best way to begin a search for maps. If you are looking for a map of a specific place (such as Boulder ), start out with a keyword search including the place name plus “and maps” (ex: Boulder and maps). Using the “and” is important; otherwise, the catalog will default to a phrase search.

 

If you are looking for a specific type of map (such as a geologic map), you can include that information in your keyword search. For example “ Boulder and geology and maps.” (For more advanced search tips, for instance, truncation, scroll to the bottom of the keyword search page: http://libraries.colorado.edu/search/X .)


Be wary of using the “limit” feature. The limit to "Location: Map Library” excludes many atlases and electronic maps that are located in places other than the Map Library (such as Reference and Art/Architecture). It is sometimes helpful to limit your search to "material type: maps/globes," but this may also exclude useful material (such as electronic resources and books accompanied by maps).

Always remember that when you search for a map in Chinook, you are not seeing our full collection; you are only seeing what has been cataloged so far. Come to the Map Library and we can help you search for what you need.

 

Searching for Uncataloged Maps

 

Uncataloged maps are arranged in order by geographic area in drawers that can be browsed. We have a number of indexes and databases in paper and online that we can use to help you find the map you need. Please ask us for help.

 

Online Maps

 

Check the online map links at the Map Library