Finding and Using Images

The Biomedical Library subscribes to numerous databases containing images that may be used for educational purposes. However, commercial (or any “for profit”) use is not allowed. Because of our licensing agreements with the vendors of these products, access is limited to currently-enrolled students, faculty, and staff of the University of South Alabama (“affiliated users”). All five of these databases are accessible via the Library Resources/Databases and Resources link on the left-hand sidebar of the Biomedical Library homepage, with the exception of the New England Journal of Medicine, which is accessible via the “Journals” tab.)


ClinicalKey is a search engine that functions as a clinical decision support tool. To find images, on the ClinicalKey homepage click the down arrow next to “All Types” (in the left-hand corner of the search box) and select “Multimedia.” In addition, the search result page contains filters on the left-hand sidebar, one of which is “Images.” (Both search functionalities appear to return the same results.) ClinicalKey allows for graphics and pictures to be used in presentations, assignments, papers, and classroom display. According to the Terms & Conditions page, “you may print or download Content from the Services for your own personal, non-commercial, informational or scholarly use, provided that you keep intact all copyright and other proprietary notices.”  

New England Journal of Medicine

New England Journal of Medicine: Videos in Clinical Medicine ("NEJM") contain images accessible via the “Articles & Multimedia” tab on the top search bar on the NEJM homepage.  According to information found on the NEJM homepage, content may be used in print and electronic versions of a dissertation or thesis, with proper attribution.  


To find images in ScienceDirect, use the Advanced Search feature to access the Images tab. Per ScienceDirect policy, affiliated users are allowed to use ScienceDirect articles and resources in coursepack/classroom materials, theses/dissertations, a presentation/slide kit, or for use in training materials, provided the audience is limited to affiliated users of the University of South Alabama. Furthermore, the search results page has a filter, entitled “all access types,” allowing the user to limit search results to open access or open archive articles.   


UpToDate is a point-of-care database with more than 32,000 graphical items, including pictures and videos, accessible via the Graphics tab on the search results page. In addition, UpToDate has very progressive policies on the use of their materials in educational endeavors, i.e., in slide presentations, or in print medium in lectures, courses, or other educational venues. Note the requirements for display of the copyright statement.  


VisualDx is a database that contains images for use in making a differential diagnosis by visualizing diseases. Current USA students, faculty, and staff may use images from VisualDX for clinical, educational, or research use, including lecture presentation. When using images, VisualDX requires the user to leave the copyright watermark notice intact and include the reference: “Image source: VisualDx.”  

Trey Lemley

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