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Theatre 110: Introduction to Theatre: Finding Images

An online course guide for finding library resources for use with Theatre 110

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Finding Photos & Still Images

Some Library article databases allow you to limit to articles that contain images when doing your search. Look for a section on the database search screen titled, e.g., Limits, and see if an option to restrict your search to articles containing images is available. Other options for locating images are below.

  • Google Images
    Search for images available online. Advanced Searching is available for more specific searching. Find images of plays, movies, performances, performers, etc.
  • Artstor
    Artstor provides over 2.5 million digital images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and sciences with an accessible suite of software tools for teaching and research..
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art Collection Online
    Nearly 400,000 of the Museum's high resolution digital images are freely available for non-commercial use. The Image Resources page will explain more about the images and terms of use. Look for the OA Public Domain icon below the image for open-access images.
  • Research@UWW
    Books in the Library that contain many illustrations or photographs often have the description of "pictorial works" added to their catalog records. Adding this phrase to your search can help find these heavily illustrated materials. For instance, a keyword search for broadway and "pictorial works" finds the book World theatre in pictures, from ancient times to modern Broadway, call number PN2111 .P75, located in the Main Oversize Collection on the third floor of the Library. IMPORTANT: Not all books in the Library containing illustrations or photographs are described as "pictorial works." Also search for books on your topic without using this phrase. For more information on searching for books, see the Finding Books section of this guide.
  • Yahoo! Images
    Search for images available online. Find images of plays, movies, performances, performers, etc.

Note: You must properly credit information taken from the Web when used for research purposes, even if the material is considered to be in the public domain. See the Citing section of this guide.

Public Domain Images

When looking for images that can be used freely, finding works that are in the public domain is very helpful as they can be freely used without seeking permission or paying royalties. Public domain is a term that applies to intellectual property that is not protected by copyright, either because the copyright term has expired or because the work was never under copyright protection. The United States Copyright Office states that "works in the public domain may be used freely without the permission of the former copyright owner."  However, it is useful to cite or attribute the work, just as with any copyrighted work.

About Creative Commons

Creative CommonsThe Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization that enables the sharing of images and other works by their creators. The Creative Commons allows creators to set the copyright conditions of their choice, including placing them in the public domain. A work may be used as long as the terms of the license that governs it is followed. See the Creative Commons Frequently Asked Questions page for details.