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Background Information

Visual Practices across the University
Print Location: Science Library TA1637 .V57 2007
Edited by James Elkins (Wilhelm Fink Verlag, 2007)
Assessing Student Learning
Print Location: Burling 2nd floor LB2331 .S97x 2004
by Linda Suskie (Anker Publishing Co.), 2004


ARTstor Resource contains images
Searchable database of images applicable to many different times, cultures, and disciplines. Also includes local Physics and Botany image collections. Use individual log-in for off-campus access.
NASA Earth Observatory Resource contains images
Offers geological, environmental, and geographical information about the planet Earth from NASA's extensive repositories of satellite imagery and numeric data. Includes color photographs, maps, satellite images, articles, data sets, and more.
New York Public Library – Public Domain Collections
More than 180,000 of the items in the NYPL Digital Collections are in the public domain. Everyone has the freedom to enjoy and reuse these materials in almost limitless ways. The Library now makes it possible to download such items in the highest resolution available directly from the Digital Collections website.
Prints & Photographs Online Catalog (Library of Congress) Resource contains images
Database of digital images with catalog records from the Prints & Photographs Division of the Library of Congress, featuring photographs, fine and popular prints and illustrations, posters, and architectural and engineering drawings. The Library of Congress provides public access to these materials to enhance education and scholarship. Thumbnails are provided for images with rights issues.
Library of Congress Digital Collections
Provides information on, and access to, the digitized version of the Library of Congress' primary-source collections on American history and culture, including photographs, documents, sound recordings, and motion pictures.
Wikimedia Commons Resource contains images Resource contains audio
Online repository of image, sound, and video files in the public domain or freely licensed for educational use, maintained by volunteers. Fully searchable.
Google Image Search
Search images available on the World Wide Web.
Flickr Resource contains images
Online photo management and sharing service. Basic accounts are free.
Europeana Resource contains images Resource contains audio links you to more than 50 million digital items, including images, texts, sounds, and video. Some of these are world famous; others are hidden treasures from Europe's museums and galleries, archives, libraries, and audio-visual collections.
National Gallery of Art
Provides digital images of artwork and descriptive articles about the materials in the U.S. National Gallery of Art.
Stock Free Images
Stock Free Images provides free downloads of over 1.1 million royalty-free stock photos and illustrations, suitable for websites, PowerPoint presentations, brochures, posters, and more.
A wide selection of coloring pages, drawings, photographs, and handicrafts, organized by commonly used topics in primary education. Also features puzzle generators, online games, and more.
A large, searchable free icons database with a sophisticated search filtering and result matching system make it possible for you to get an icon you need for every design task.
America's Historical Newspapers Restricted Resource Resource contains newspapers
Digitized images of approximately 1,000 American newspapers published during the period 1690-1922. Can search specifically for advertisements, maps, cartoons, and illustrations.
Early English Books Online (EEBO) Restricted Resource
Contains digital facsimile page images of 100,000 works printed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and British North America, as well as works in English printed elsewhere, between 1473-1700. Can limit searches to items with images and by illustration type.
Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO) Restricted Resource
Digitized copies of 138,000 English-language titles and editions published between 1701 and 1800, primarily in the United Kingdom and the Americas. Includes books, broadsides, Bibles, tract books, sermons, and printed ephemera. Can limit searches by illustrated works (cartoon, illustration, map, portrait, etc.).
Internet Archive Resource contains images Resource contains audio
Digital library that archives texts, audio, music, moving images, software, videos/films, and web pages from the Internet for researchers, historians, and scholars, as well as the general public. Also provides specialized services for adaptive reading and information access for the blind and other persons with disabilities.
Latin American Newspapers Restricted Resource Resource contains newspapers
1805–1922. Searchable collection of 35 historical Latin American newspapers published in Argentina, Belize, Brazil, Chile, Columbia, Costa Rica, Cuba, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru, Trinidad, and Venezuela.
Nineteenth Century UK Periodicals Restricted Resource Resource contains newspapers
This database contains digitized images of 1.2 million pages of periodicals published in Great Britain from 1800-1900. It includes publications on women, children, leisure and sport, and humor. Can limit searches by publication section (including advertising) and by articles with illustrations (cartoon, drawing, photograph, etc.).
U.S. Congressional Serial Set Restricted Resource
1817–1994. Online access to the reports, documents, and journals of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, with numerous images and statistical tables. Print version, approximately 13,800 bound volumes, available upon request.
U.S. Congressional Serial Set Maps Restricted Resource
1817–1994. Fully searchable database containing nearly 75,000 maps, published as part of U.S. Congressional Serial Set.

Library Catalogs

Art Collection (Grinnell College)
Search for objects in the Grinnell College Art Collection. Images are not currently available.
Grinnell College Image Collection Restricted Resource Resource contains images
The Grinnell College Image Collection, hosted by ARTstor, consists of more than 55,000 digitized images selected from the Kistle Slide Library's approximately 100,000 slides. The collection reflects a general survey of world art and architecture from pre-history to the present.

Web sites

Free images available from Getty Images International. An individual registration is required for use of the site.
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Resource contains video = Video files
Resource contains audio = Audio files
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Resource contains quantitative data = Quantitative data
Resource contains newspapers = Newspapers
Resource is highly recommended = Highly recommended

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