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This guide will help you find images that can be used for teaching, presentations, etc.
Last Updated: Jun 18, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates
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Library Image Resources

Many of the Library's ebook packages and other electronic resources have an image or multimedia search feature. It is usually located on the Advanced Search page, although some resources may also have a link to the images/multimedia in the navigation across the top of the page.

  • Access Medicine  
    Images available from Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine and the books in the Access Medicine package may be used in teaching. Permission must be obtained for commercial use and the creation of derivative works.
  • Clinical Key - Multimedia  
    Search for images and other multimedia found in materials in the Clinical Key package. The Presentation Maker feature will automatically generate PowerPoint slides with the appropriate citation for the image.
  • STAT!-Ref
    The advanced search page provides limits to Images/Videos included in books in the STAT!-Ref package.
  • Springer Images  
    Publisher discontinuing service as of January 2015.


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: and perform a search
  2. On the results page, click the cog icon to access a menu where you can access the Advanced Search
  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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