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Finding Images

This guide is intended to assist the researcher with locating high-quality digital images and visual materials to support scholarly work.


Hello! Welcome to duPont-Ball Library's guide to finding images. There are many places you can go to access photos and visual resources, but this nifty guide is divided by subject to help you navigate the library's database and the open web to quickly find content-specific images to support your research. 

Things to Note: 

  • Always give proper attribution for any image you include in your scholarly work.
  • If an image is available in the public domain, be aware that most repositories and museums require attribution if an image is taken from their website.
  • As a good practice, always check with your professor for citation style appropriate to the course and to the assignment.
  • If you need research assistance, consider scheduling a one-on-one consultation with a librarian. 

Using Google Images

Citing Images

Modern Language Association (MLA) is a citation style used within humanities disciplines. 

Items viewed firsthand (painting, sculpture, or photograph), include the following information in your citation: 

  • Artist's name (last, first)
  • Title of the artwork in italics
  • Date of creation
  • Name of the institution that houses the artwork, followed by the location of the institution


Fig. 1. Boucher, François. Madame de Pompadour. 1756. Alte Pinakothek Art Museum, Munich, Germany. 


Items viewed online, include the following in your citation:

  • Artist's name (last, first)
  • Title of the artwork in italics (photograph- use quotations instead of italics)
  • Date of creation (if available)
  • Image format
  • Name of the institution that houses the artwork, followed by the location of the institution
  • URL link to the web page
  • Date retrieved (not required, but suggested when no date of publication is available)


Fig 2. Chaucer, Geoffrey. "The Canterbury Tales." Late 14th century. Photograph. British Library, London, England. 11 May 2022.

General Image Search

Free Image Searching Sites
Reverse Image Searches

Library Resources for Finding Images

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