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Art Research Guide: Find Images

Visual Resources Librarian

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VRC, Department of Art and Art History
Office: 808.956.8781

Visual Resources Center (VRC)

University of Hawaii at Manoa
Department of Art and Art History
Art Building, Room 215


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This guide is created by Kanako Iwase, and licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. You may reproduce any part of the guide for noncommercial purposes so long as you give credit.

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About Printed Image Sources

Read this first. Use the general indexes, databases, Internet links, and printed reference tools to find images. Images might be immediately accessible in the database you search; however, many desired images will only be embedded within another publication, and these are difficult to find unless the images are indexed. You may need to use printed reference tools that index images in books and periodicals.

See Image Resources for useful printed indexes (highlighted in orange letters).

About Digital Image Sources

Many students use Google to find images. Google is great for finding images quickly, but you will need to do some research AFTER finding images. Finding images and using images are different things. Understanding the following issues is critical for you to succeed in academic and professional career:

    • Know appropriate sources for finding images

    • Identify credible image sources

    • Understand copyright and fair use

    • Download and use images without violating copyright

    • Know current standards for scanning images

    • Cite image source properly

Click the arrow next to the "Find Images" tab on the menu above to find out how to find, download/scan, use, and cite digital images.

Digital Image Use 101

A Prezi presentation created by Kanako Iwase, Visual Resources Librarian at the UH Dept. of Art and Art History.

Digital Image Use Workshop at UHM

The workshop "Digital Image Use 101" is held in the beginning of each semester. See the Prezi presentation to learn how to find and use images from the Internet. The handout is available for download above.


Next Workshop

Designed for graduate students & faculty


Please contact for workshops and tutorials.