Help Finding Images on the Web Visual Resources Collection
Images on the Web Help
The VRC maintains a list of Delicious bookmarks for web resources with rich, usable visual content that are not licensed or provided by the University of Oregon. Additions or suggestions to these bookmarks may be made by contacting the Visual Resources Librarian, Julia Simic.
- Click the All Tags link on the right side to explore the list of possible keywords associated with the web sites
- Click on one tag to limit the number of web sites listed
- Click on a Related Tag on the left to further narrow your search
- Continue to select Related Tags
- Click on the title of a site you want to visit
- Use the search boxes to look for phrases or eliminate keywords in your search
- Limit the content types to Photo and News content when searching for art or architecture
- Choose Large or Medium size for images appropriate for presentations
- Choose JPG files under Filetypes for images with good color depth at a manageable file size
- For images that are under Creative Commons or GNU Free Documentation licenses, choose one of the options other than "not filtered by license" under Usage Rights
- Be sure to confirm the copyright or licensing of each image by visiting the web site containing the original image
The Advanced Search is the most efficient way to search Flickr.
- Choose your search terms carefully--there are millions of images in Flickr!
- Choose Photos/Videos for photography
- Choose Only Photos to limit to still images
- For images that are under Creative Commons licenses click the Create Commons check box
- Be sure to look for copyright / licensing information on the bottom right of each image page. All Flickr images have a copyright statement
TinEye is a free "reverse image search engine." If you have an image and don't know what it is or need a larger version for a presentation, you can upload the image file or paste the URL for it into TinEye and it will search for other instances of that image on the web. TinEye's search index is not comprehensive, but grows through use.
Cooliris is an plug-in for Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari and Chrome that allows you to visually browse large groups of images and/or videos easily. It creates an unending 3D wall of thumbnails to flip through rather that having to move through multiple web pages.
Cooliris also has search capabilities within the interface that can limit the search to specific meta-search engines or media outlets.