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Images: A Guide to Visual Resources

About Image Research

Most images are not online

Due to copyright restrictions and other factors, only a tiny fraction of the world's images have been digitized. The majority of the images needed for research purposes are found in books, magazines, or photographic image archives. 

Locating print sources and scanning is often the best way to find exactly what you need. Copyright generally allows one copy of an image to be scanned for research use and classroom presentation. 

Copyright

When working with images keep in mind U.S. copyright laws. Use of images in scholarly work and research is subject to applicable United States copyright law and the provisions in the licenses for individual databases. Please consult the Terms of Use in each database you use, and for information regarding U.S. copyright law, see the University of Chicago Copyright Information Center.

The College Art Association's Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for the Visual Arts (2015) provides practical guidance in applying copyright doctrine in art practice, writing, teaching and online use of images.

 

Librarian Contacts

Nancy Spiegel

Nancy Spiegel            
Art, Cinema &
History
Librarian
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Bridget Madden
Visual Resources Librarian
CWAC Suite 257
bridgetm@uchicago.edu