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A guide to resources for finding images in UVic Libraries

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Christine Walde
Christine Walde,MLIS
Room 404, University Librarian's Office
Mearns Centre for Learning-McPherson Library
University of Victoria
PO Box 1800 STN CSC
Victoria, BC V8W 3H5
Subjects: Art, Journalism, Theatre


This guide will help you locate images and visual resources for your research.

When looking for images online, Google Image Search can be a great starting point, allowing us to search through enormous numbers of images from all over the web. However, often the images are low resolution, and may be missing important information including the origin, copyright, and other contextual metadata relating to the images. This can be a problem when you need to cite your sources.

Specialized image databases can be an excellent tool to find high quality images for your research, along with the necessary information to  contextualize them.

This guide will provide you with an introduction to some useful image databases for your research. This will include both restricted databases which you can access using your UVic login credentials and free online repositories.

Image databases - start here

UVic image databases

This list is far from exhaustive! Be sure to check out the open online image collections listed as well as the databases available for your subject.

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