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Visual Resources



        Use this research guide to: 
  • Find high-quality digital images for educational use
  • Learn about digital image databases and visual resources available through the University Libraries and the internet

Image Databases

Artstor logoArtstor
Over two million high-quality images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and social sciences. See the Using Artstor guide and Instructor's Guide to Artstor for helpful tips. 

*Offline Image Viewer (OIV) is no longer available. Read more.

AP Images logoAP Images
Regional, state, national and international news photographs and historical images.

Bridgeman Education logoBridgeman Education
Over two million digital images of art, history, and culture from global museums, galleries, private collections and contemporary artists all copyright cleared for educational use. See Bridgeman's user manual for search tips.

Credo Reference Image Search logoCredo Reference Image Search
Drag and drop images from the database to your desktop to use in a paper or presentation.

Image Collection, CMU Libraries logoImage Collection, CMU Libraries
A growing collection of high-quality digital images selected by and for Carnegie Mellon users, with primary focus on art and architecture.

Swiss Poster Collection logoSwiss Poster Collection
Graphic design excellence collected between 1970 and 2010 by designer and typographer Ruedi Ruegg; donated to CMU.

More Image Resources

Contribute to the Image Collection
Recommend digital images to add to the Image Collection for classroom teaching. Contact the Arts Resources Specialist for more details.

Browse Digital Image Collections
A comprehensive list of digital collections to browse for images.

Working from off campus?

Access to some resources may require authentication through the EZProxy service by entering your Andrew ID and password.

Report electronic access problems to:

More about Off-Campus/ Wireless access

Tools to create visuals

Free design tool to create graphics, presentations, and more. iPad app available.
Create charts and infographics with this data visualization tool​

Photo collage maker

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Artstor Digital Library

You must register for an account in order to use many of Artstor’s features, such as downloading images, curating groups of images, and downloading groups of images to PowerPoint. See above Using Artstor guide for more details.

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Google Images



Use Google Images for quick reference or as a starting point.
Tip: Use Advanced Image Search to find images labeled for reuse.

Image Databases always offer high quality images and metadata.