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Herbal Magic: Using and referencing images

Resources old and new relating to herbs and medicinal plants

How to reference images

Harvard at Newcastle is the most commonly used referencing style at Newcastle University.  The Harvard at Newcastle style is based on the Cite Them Right book which is available in printed and electronic format to support students who use this style.

You can find lots of help and information on how to reference images on Cite them Right:

More help on referencing can be found on our Referencing Guide: 

Other ways of searching for images

Students using the library catalogue, 1964

Searching for images by keyword can be inaccurate and labour-intensive, as it relies on human indexing and subjective perceptions.

New ways of searching for images, such as Content-based image retrieval (CBIR), enable you to search by other criteria, such as colour, shapes or texture, or even by uploading or drawing your own image. Find out more and explore with the links below:

Image collections

Bridgeman and VADS are two of the largest image databases to which we have access for educational use. Between them, they provide access to over one million images across many genres and subject areas. You can search them in various ways, including by keyword, location, medium, artist etc.

All the images are licensed for educational use. For more information about what exactly this means, please click the links below to the respective terms of use.

We have listed a selection of other major multi-disciplinary image collections below. 

We have tried to focus on image collections which you can reuse, but for specific details of the terms and conditions, please consult the terms and conditions of the resource in question.

You can of course, also search for images using the Google image search engine.  However, bear in mind the following:

If you want to copy, use or modify an image you find on Google, you would need to check if you are allowed to do this. This may not be immediately obvious, and/or the information about reuse may be incorrect or unclear. Checking and, if necessary, applying for reuse permission, can be very time-consuming. However, if you choose our image collections which are licensed for educational use, you'll save yourself time and worry.

Can you be certain of the origin and authenticity of the images you have found? It is very easy to alter images online in all sorts of ways. If you need to be certain you are looking at a faithful digital version of an image, choose one of the specialised databases to which we have access. These will also provide full information about each image (for example, creator, date, location, medium, rights information etc.)

Searching for images can be a hit and miss affair, as keywords don't always provide the best results. Specialised image databases often have more sophisticated search methods, such as by creator, medium, technique, location, colour etc.

Google doesn't find everything. Many organisations only make their images available via licensed collections.

Newcastle University Library’s Special Collections are rich and varied: they comprise rare books and other printed works and unique archives, dating from the 14th century to the present.

We're adding images to our CollectionsCaptured database regularly, ensuring that this resource expands to cover as many of our collection highlights as possible.

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