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Images: Where to Find

Images for Research

Digital Images

To avoid having to secure copyright permissions for your image, seek images that are either out of copyright, licensed for use, or have clear terms of use. The links below are to some of the digital image libraries that provide the above and facilitate the finding of images that are available for use. Always check the image's copyright / terms of use before using.


Digitizing / Scanning

To use print images in your scholarship, digitize them using Schaffer's scanners / copiers / printers via Scan-to-Me:

Initial Recommendations:

  1. If possible, scan from the original image, rather than a print copy of the image
  2. Clean the scanner surface and the images to remove dust / dirt, which will harm the image quality

Recommendations once you have logged in to the scanner:

  1. Job Details settings:
    • ​​Delivery Format: set image file type to either TIFF or JPEG
      • TIFF (Tagged Image File Format): highest image quality but also larger file size (uses most memory)
      • JPEG (Joint Photographic Experts Group): lower image quality (but not noticable) but smaller file size (uses less memory)
  2. Scan Settings
    • Type
      • Color
      • Greyscale: use for black and white photos--any images that contain grey
      • Black and White: use for line art, charts, etc.--any images that are purely black and white (no grey)
    • Resolution
      • 300 dpi (200-600 dpi): use higher resolution if you will enlarge the photo
    • Settings
      • Text
      • Photo
      • Text / Photo


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This guide was created by Adam Mazel and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.