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Linking to Library Licensed Resources


This guide has been adapted with permission from one created by Boston College University Libraries and is licensed for use under a Creative Commons Attribution  


Images add interest and provide context for your pages and modules. Some of the major sources for finding images are listed on this page. For a more comprehensive list of sources look at the Images page of the Streaming Media and Online Images guide.

Images from Databases

OSU Libraries licenses high quality image collections. Since Carmen is password protected, you can use these on your pages. A few notable sources are listed below.

Creative Commons Images

You can use the Creative Commons search to find images that you can share, use and modify. This search includes content from Google Images, Europeana, Wikimedia Commons, and Open Clip Art Library.

Do not assume that the results displayed in this search portal are under a Creative Commons license. You should always verify that the work is actually under a Creative Commons license by following the link. If you are have any questions, you should contact the copyright holder directly or try to contact the site where you found the content.

Public Domain Images

"Public domain" images are not protected by copyright. The public owns these works, not an individual author or artist. Anyone can use a public domain work without obtaining permission, but no one can ever own it. Examples of websites that share images that are in the public domain are listed below. For more information about the public domain click here.

Images for Scholarly Publishing

Thousands of images are available for use in scholarly publications from Images for Academic Publishing (IAP) via ARTstor and the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA). For more information, click here.

Image Information
Culture Egyptian
Title Section from the "Book of the Dead" of Nany
Period Dynasty 21, reigns of Psensennes I-II; Third Intermediate period
Date ca. 1040-945 B.C.E.
Location Western Thebes
Credit Line The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Rogers Fund, 1930 (30.3.31)
Image Copyright Notice Image © The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Repository The Metropolitan Museum of Art
ARTstor Collection Metropolitan Museum of Art - Images for Academic Publishing
Source Data From: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Rights This image was provided by The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Contact information: Image Library, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10028, (212) 396-5050 (fax),

Image © The Metropolitan Museum of Art

This image is available for uses permitted under the ARTstor Terms and Conditions of Use, such as teaching and study, as well as for scholarly publications, through the Images for Academic Publishing (IAP) initiative. If you are seeking to use this image for scholarly publication, you should click on the IAP icon below the thumbnail image.

Contact Us for Help

To request resources not available through Ohio State University Libraries or for assistance with stable URLs or proxy links, please contact your subject librarian

Off-Campus Linking Tool

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The new URL will display above the box. Copy & Paste or click it to open in a new window.