Images provide a visual element that can strongly enhance coursework. However, finding images of a sufficient quality can be challenging. It is also important to ensure the image may be used without violating copyright.
The following sources are ones that we recommend to locate images:
As with websites, there are billions of images available on the internet. The quality of these images can vary greatly
Illustrated Magazines at Queen's Library
Refer to our selected list of illustrated magazines and check QCAT for their holdings and location, focusing on your area and year(s) of interest.
- Use an index or database to identify citations for articles in the magazines listed. Since they are illustrated, you may find illustrations in the indexed articles. The following selected indexes may include some of our illustrated magazines (dates vary):
- Academic Search Complete
Search Image Collection under 'More' at top of search screen. Limit results by publication date (at right of search screen). Indexes only a few illustrated magazines on our list.
- Canadian Periodicals (CPI.Q)
Limit search results to documents with images.
1977-present (full text from 1983, many pdf full text articles since 1983)
Print: REF AI3 .C21 (1920-1998)
- Godey's Lady's Book
Digitized facsimile of an early American women's magazine, including illustrations. (1830 - 1898)
- Illustrated London News
Historical Archive from 1842-2003 - provides digital, searchable reproduction in colour.
- Libris Canadiana
Indexes selected Canadian periodicals, including Maclean's (1905-1976) and Saturday Night (Sept. 11, 1909-Dec. 26, 1914 and Jan. 3, 1920-Dec. 29, 1945).
- 19th Century UK Periodicals
Collection of magazines, journals and newspapers; narrow search to articles with illustrations: cartoon, chart, drawing, photograph, colour images etc.
Includes complete runs of 11 major American journals, including Harper's Magazine and The New Yorker.
- Vogue Archive
A complete searchable archive of American Vogue, from the first issue in 1892 to the current month, reproduced in high-resolution color page images.
- Academic Search Complete
- Many illustrated magazines are not indexed, especially historical ones. Browse relevant magazines by sequentially going through the issues.
Databases of art image collections available at Queen's University Library:
- Collection of almost 1 million images covering a broad range of world cultures in many mediums, including painting, architecture, sculpture, photography, decorative arts and design, and archaeology. NOTE: ARTstor images are for non-commercial educational and scholarly uses only.
- Federated Academic Digital Imaging System is a shared repository of images developed for image based teaching of art and architecture.
- A database of medieval art in existence with full-text records for over 23,000 works of art dating from early apostolic times to A.D. 1400.
- The database includes extensive image links, including searchable access to a growing list of art image collections such as Art Resource and The Bridgeman Art Library.
Online Image Collections
Many libraries, archives, museums and other organizations make their collections available online, mainly for scholarly and research purposes.
- Historical advertisements -- images printed in U.S. and Canadian newspapers and magazines between 1911-1955 -- drawn from Duke University Library's Archives. Main subject areas: radio, TV, transportation, beauty and hygiene, and World War II.
- A peer-reviewed collection of images, movies, illustrations and animations across biology and biomedicine.
- Browse groups of images, including historical sets, or search for a specific image. Each image links to a page containing more information.
- The DCU "fosters the creation of and access to research and scholarly material in digital form from across the University of Minnesota."
- Hosted by Library and Archives Canada, Images Canada allows users to search images from participating cultural institutions from across Canada.
- Search historic images from the 1750s to today. Hosted by Google.
- An online archive of 275,000 images, available to the public for free. Includes Civil War photographs, illuminated manuscripts, Japanese prints, early American maps, and photographs of New York City buildings and streetscapes.
- Digital images, text, audio and video materials about Ontario history, heritage and culture.
- A repository of digital resources contributed by member libraries, with Phase One of the project focusing on visual materials, including digital images of woodcuts, photographs, slides, papyri, coins, maps, and manuscripts.
- Provides access to the California State University IMAGE Project. Global coverage.
Photo Sharing Sites
Photo sharing sites allow individuals to upload their own photos for others to view. Photos are searchable by descriptive tags and other text users add to their photos. Some images on these sites may be used under Creative Commons licensing, at the discretion of the poster. Some of the most popular photo sharing sites include:
Flickr has introduced The Commons, where member institutions make available images that have no known copyright restrictions. Some of the participating institutions include the Library of Congress and the Musée McCord Museum in Montreal.
Other institutions are making some collections available independent of The Commons, including Library and Archives Canada and the Boston Public Library, most of these images are available for use under Creative Commons licensing.
Last Updated: 30 April 2013