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Finding and Using Images

This guide introduces resources which can help you search for images to use in your projects and research.

How can I tell if a book has images?

You need an image on a specific artist or topic and you've find a book in the library that seems like it would be a great match...now what? Rather than track down every book you might need in the stacks, look it up in the catalog first. Under "more details," the catalog will tell you if a book has color illustrations or not. 

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Images in Books

It's important to note that most images are not digitized, so if you're looking for something unique you may have better luck scanning it from a book. There are three self-service scanners available around the reference area of the Main Stacks, one in the Ricker Library, and one in the Scholarly Commons. See our scanner information page for instructions on scanner use. Keep in mind that if you want to present your image in a PowerPoint, it should be at least 72dpi, and about 1024x768 pixels. 

Below are a few examples of books and journals that will help you find images.