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How to Find Images   Tags: images  

This guide will help you find images that can be used for teaching, presentations, etc.
Last Updated: Oct 4, 2013 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates
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Library Image Resources

  • Harrison's Online /Access Medicine  
    Images available from Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine and the books in the Access Medicine/ Lange Educational Library are searchable via the Advanced Search page. There is also a browse opetion by clicking Multimedia in the blue bar across the top of the page. may be used in teaching. Permission must be obtained for commercial use and the creation of derivative works.
  • MD Consult - Images  
    Search for images found in materials in the MD Consult package.
  • Springer Images
    Contains over 1.5 million images. Images inlcude photos, graphs, histograms, figures, and tables. Clinical pictures from Images.MD are included.
  • STAT!-Ref
    The advanced search page provides limits to Images/Videos included in books in the STAT!-Ref package.


Finding images that are not restricted by copyright can be tricky. Here are some resources and strategies to help you out.

Image Repositories on the Internet

  • HEAL: Health Education Assets Library
    a digital library that provides freely accessible digital teaching resources of the highest quality that meet the needs of today's health sciences educators and learners.

How to Find Free Images on the Internet

Hint: You may need to also search synonyms (e.g. Volkswagen Beetle, VW Beetle, VW Bug)

Using Google Images to find images that may be free to use and/or modify.

  1. Go to Google Images:
  2. Click on Advanced Image Search (link to the right of the search button)
  3. Fill in the search box with your search terms
  4. In the Usage Rights section, change the pull-down menu to either: labeled for reuse

Using Flickr Advanced Search:

  1. Go to Flickr:
  2. Click the Search button without putting anything into the search blank
  3. Click the Advanced Search link that appears to the right of the search blank underneath the Search button.
  4. Fill in the search box with your search terms
  5. In the Creative Commons section towards the bottom of the screen, click
    "Only search within Creative Commons-licensed content" and then check
    "Find content to modify, adapt, or build upon "

Using Creative Commons:

  1. Go to Creative Commons: 
  2. Click the Find link
  3. Fill in the search box with your search terms.
  4. To the right of the search box, remove the check mark next to "use for commercial purpose".
    Make sure there is a check mark next to "modify, adapt, build upon".
  5. You will see tabs for search results from Google, Google Images, Flickr, and others

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