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Research Guides@Tufts

Multimedia Production Guide

for the Digital Design Studio at Tisch Library

Finding Images in Books

Keyword search in Library Catalogs

To improve your search, include some typical keywords such as "pictorial works," "photograph," "exhibitions," etc. in your search. See the following examples:

  • mexico and  "pictorial works"
  • architect* and photo*
  • architect* and exhibition*
  • fashion and (pictorial or exhibitions or photography or plates or drawings)
    • Note that * is used to find photo, photograph, photography, etc. 
    • Note that () are used to group together similar terms.

Downloading Images

When looking for images to include in a multimedia project, it is important to be aware of how resolution and compression can impact the aesthetic of your piece.  Resolution is the number of pixels running horizontally and vertically in your image.

The standard resolution for a project that combines video, image and audio elements is HD (1920x1080).  If you don't want your image to have artifacts, make sure the files you download are at least 1920 pixels x 1080 pixels.  Using Advanced Search functions typically allow you to narrow your results by resolution. 

Image Finders

General/Interdisplinary Image Finders

Wikimedia Commons - A growing database of millions of mostly freely-useable media files.

Pixabay– Stock photos available for download at high resolution

Stock Photos Beyond the Binary - Gender diverse stock photos available for download at high resolution 

Women of Color in Tech Chat - Images of women and non-binary people of color in tech that are free for use with proper attribution

Nappy - Beautiful, high-res photos of black and brown people for free

Muslim.Girl.com Collection from Getty - Images available for commercial use that represent modern Muslim women being themselves

CreateHer Stock - Authentic lifestyle and business stock photography featuring Black women

Burst - free high-res images

Britannica Image Quest - More than two million rights-cleared images from some 40 image collections. Complete metadata, which includes the source, copyright holder, caption, and keywords, is provided for every image.

Images from the History of Medicine (National Library of Medicine)

Library of Congress American Memory Project  -Free and open access to images that document the American experience.

New York Public Library Picture Collection   |  Digital Collections

Smithsonian Collection - Browse or search through selected images from the Collections of the Office of Imaging and Photographic Services. Included are images from current exhibits, Smithsonian events and historic collections.

Wellcome Images - Images span science, medicine,social sciences and include manuscripts, paintings, etchings, early photography and advertisements. Every image is being released under the Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) license. These images can be used for educational, commercial or personal purposes, with an acknowledgement of the original source (Wellcome Library, London).‚Äč

Science/Engineering/Technology Image Finders

CDC Public Health Image Library (PHIL)
Created by a Working Group at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the PHIL offers an organized gateway to CDC's pictures for public health professionals, laboratory scientists, educators and students to use for reference, teaching and presentations.

Science.gov Image Search Select Multimedia to scientific images from the Library of Congress, NASA, NOAA, USDA, USGS and many other sources.

Social Science Image Finders

Early Encounters in North America
An expanding source of letters, diaries and other accounts of early encounters between Europeans and Native Americans from the mid-1600s through the mid 1800s. The images can be searched by artist, title, subject, color, medium, type, etc.

Digital South Asia Library
Historical maps, collections of photographs, and statistics relating to the Indian subcontinent.

Women and Social Movements in the United States
Movements ranging from the Women's Suffrage Movement to the Guerrilla Girls.

Humanities/Arts Image Finders

ARTstor (more information)
More than one million images with contributions from outstanding museums, photographers, libraries, scholars, photo archives, and artists and artists' estates from all over the world.

Art Project
Museums from around the world by Google

Oxford Art Online

Index of Christian Art

ArtCyclopedia
A listing of art museums worldwide

International Architecture Database

American Landscape and Architectural Design, 1850-1920

John Johnson Collection: An Archive of Printed Ephemera(includes historical playbills)

Library of Congress Performing Arts Encyclopedia