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How do I find biomedical images, UVa logos, and other graphics?


Take advantage of the resources available through the Health Sciences Library and online to add photos, clip art, graphics, and other images to your presentation or website. For information about acceptable use of these images in your teaching and presentations, refer to the copyright and license agreements for each individual resource.

Step by Step: 
  1. UVa Images and Logos
  2. Subscription-based Image Resources
    • Cell Picture Show: Cell Press is providing access to images and videos in cell, developmental, and molecular biology.  Available through UVa's Cell Press license.
    • Clincal Key Multimedia: A collection of searchable images and video is available through the library's subscription to the Clinical Key database.
    • Netter Images: A collection of Netter anatomy books are available via the library's ClinicalKey subscription. Titles include Netter's Clinical Anatomy, Netter's Cardiology, Netter's Neurology, Netter's Obstetrics and Gynecology, and several Netter's Orthopaedic titles. Access the Netter titles by visiting the library's E-Book category list for Anatomy.
    • Ebsco Consumer Health Complete: Click on the Images & Diagrams link to get basic medical images of anatomy and physiology and diagnostics and surgical procedures. Use the Videos & Animations link to find health/wellness, lifestyle and condition-specific news clips with an average length of 1.5 minutes. Clips can be downloaded.
  3. Freely Available Biomedical and Health Online Image and Multimedia Resources
    • The American Society of Hematology (ASH) Image Bank: The ASH Image Bank is an extensive online library of screen-sized blood disease images and cases for educational use.
    • AnatQuest: The U.S. National Library of Medicine's Visible Human Project has produced high resolution (4096 x 2048 x 24 bits) cryosectional color images of human anatomy.
    • ARTstor: The ARTstor Digital Library is a nonprofit resource that provides more than one million digital images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and sciences with an accessible suite of software tools for teaching and research.
    • Bio-Image Search - serves up images and diagrams exclusively from medical and scientific organizations, grouping results based on usability for presentations and publications.
    • CDC Public Health Image Library (PHIL): The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) provides photographs, illustrations, and multimedia files. The content is organized into hierarchical categories of people, places, and science.
    • The Cell: An Image Library: the American Society for Cell Biology provides this freely accessible, easy-to-search, public repository of reviewed and annotated images, videos, and animations of cells from a variety of organisms, showcasing cell architecture, intracellular functionalities, and both normal and abnormal processes.
    • DermIS: is the largest dermatology information service available on the internet. It offers elaborate image atlases (DOIA and PeDOIA) complete with diagnoses and differential diagnoses, case reports and additional information on almost all skin diseases
    • HONmedia: HONMedia is a repository of over 6,800 medical images and videos, pertaining to 1,700 topics and themes.
    • National Cancer Institute's Visuals Online: NCI Visuals Online contains over 2,600 images from the collections of the Office of Communications and Education and Office of Media Relations, National Cancer Institute. Contents include general biomedical and science-related images, cancer-specific scientific and patient care-related images, and portraits of directors and staff of the National Cancer Institute.
    • National Library of Medicine: Historical Anatomies on the Web: access to selected high quality images from important anatomical atlases in NLM's collection. Atlases and images are selected primarily for their historical and artistic significance, with priority placed upon the earliest and/or the best edition of a work in NLM's possession.
    • National Library of Medicine: History of Medicine: The Images from the History of Medicine (IHM) database is a catalog of the prints and photographs collection of the National Library of Medicine (NLM). The purpose of the database is to assist users in finding illustrative material for private study, scholarship, and research.
    • National Library of Medicine: Medical "Stock Shots": The National Library of Medicine (NLM) maintains a list of resources to find medical "stock shots," videos, photographs slides or images that can be used in publications and presentations. Check the attribution requirements for each source before using. Some of these sources are free, others incur a cost.
    • Wellcome Images: Wellcome Images are provided by the UK's Wellcome Trust, with themes ranging from medical and social history to contemporary healthcare and biomedical science. The Biomedical Collection holds over 40 000 high-quality images from the clinical and biomedical sciences. Selected from the UK's leading teaching hospitals and research institutions, it covers disease, surgery, general healthcare, sciences from genetics to neuroscience including the full range of imaging techniques.
  4. Freely Available Images - All Subjects
    • Consult the Wikimedia Commons:Free media resources/Photography page for a comprehensive list of resources. Some favorites:
      • Pixabay: hundreds of thousands of photos and clipart free to use for any purpose
      • flickr: An image and video hosting site. Images are marked with copyright status, including images which have Creative Commons licenses or are in the public domain and thus available for reuse.
      • Getty's Open Content Program: More than 10,000 images available to the public for use without fees or restriction.
      • Google Images LIFE Photos: Search millions of photographs from the LIFE magazine photo archive, stretching from the 1750s to today. 
      • New York Public Library Public Domain Collections: Over 180,000 freely available images.
    • Google Images Search: use the Tools button after your search and choose the Usage Rights menu for options for re-using images found via a Google search.
  5. Teaching Material Repositories
    • UVa's Medical Multimedia Database is mainly made up of medical images and quiz questions, but also includes sounds, movies, and teaching cases. Any medical faculty member is welcome to contribute to the database. You may use the resources in this database to produce teaching materials for use within the University of University, you must ask permission of the contributor.
    • BiosciEdNet (BEN) is the National Science Digital Library (NSDL) Pathway for biological sciences education. The BEN Portal provides access to education resources from BEN Collaborators and is managed by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
  6. Learning Opportunities at the Library

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