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Research Process: Find Images and Videos

This guide focuses on the skills and resources needed to complete a research project.

Image Searching

Remember that the accuracy of the images needs to be evaluated along with the websites that display them.  Searching for images with general search engines may lead to objectionable or obscene images, so use caution.

Copyright Considerations

Most image sources will include information about the copyright status.  Many sources will allow you to reproduce images for teaching or other non-commercial uses.  Always remember to attribute the source of the image when incorporating it into your own presentations.

Some image search engines allow you to limit your search to images licensed with Creative Commons licenses that may allow re-use.  Often this is on the 'Advanced Search' screen.  See the specific license to see if you can modify the image, use it for commercial purposes, or need to make attribution to the creator.

Word Clouds and QR Codes

Tools for creating word clouds and QR codes.

Presentation & Graphics Tools

Tools for creating presentations and graphics including alternatives to PowerPoint, visualization tools, options for creating handouts and flyers, engaging/interactive presentations, and more.

Video Searching

Library Collections (DVD & Videotape):

Search our Card Catalog to find videos housed in the Library-IC collection.

Audiovisual Search:


Streaming Media

Poll Sites

Find and use a number of online polling sites to take quick one-shot polls for presentations or to create more in-depth polls for post-presentation evaluations and more.

Screencasting / Screencapturing

Tools to capture either a static image of what's on your screen (and sometimes add annotations, boxes, arrows, etc.) or to capture a video of your movements and usually audio.