Image Resources

Deakin Library subscribes to a range of image databases. These include photos, artworks and illustrations covering areas such as architecture, art, science, medicine and more.

Images can add richness to your research by building your understanding of a topic or enhancing your message. No matter what you study, there is an image collection to meet your needs.

Browse our image collections

Popular image collections

  • Artstor - includes more than 2.5 million high resolution images from museums, galleries and collections around the world. Artstor contains images of art, architecture and graphics, as well as photography, costumes and historical crafts
  • CSIRO ScienceImage - a free image library specialising in science and nature images
  • MedPics - a free open-access database of medical images, teaching cases, and clinical topics
  • Oxford Art Online - contains images of artworks, structures, plans, and artist signatures
  • Google Cultural Institute - Google has partnered with hundreds of museums, cultural institutions and archives to host the world's cultural treasures online. You can find artworks, photographs, sculptures and more.

If you are looking for images on a specific topic, try the Library Resource Guides for recommendations on where to start.

French Painter c.1824-35, The Arch of Titus and the forum, Rome, Painting

Alexis Rudier c.1910-11, Dance Movement "G, Bronze Sculpture

All images sourced from Artstor.

Using images

Digital tools for images

Deakin staff and students can download these programs from the Deakin Software Library:

  • GIMP - GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) is like a free, open-source equivalent to Adobe Photoshop, and can be used for tasks such as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring
  • IrfanView (Windows only) - a popular and compact utility for viewing and converting graphics files from one format to another, such as PNG, JPG and GIF
  • Autodesk Design Review (Windows only) - view, print, mark up and compare versions of 2D and 3D drawings, maps, and models without the original design creation software