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Finding Multimedia in Health Sciences


Tips on Finding Images in Subscription-Based Resources at McGill

  • ClinicalKey
    • Perform a search and use the Source Type > Images filter below the search box
  • Gideon: Global Infectious Disease and Epidemiology Network
    • A program for diagnosis and reference in the field of tropical and infectious diseases, epidemiology, microbiology and antimicrobial chemotherapy, which includes images.
  • Journals@Ovid
    • Allows users to search the contents of the records and full text of all indexed publications. This includes searching the descriptive text for images, tables, and figures. To search for these, select "caption text" from the Search Fields option. Alternatively, use the abbreviated command .ct. after the search term, e.g., uninjured brain.ct.
  • AccessEmergency Medicine, AccessMedicine, AccessPediatrics, and AccessSurgery: Use Advanced Search to limit to Images
  • ScienceDirect
    • Collection of 2,500 journals and over 11,000 books which allows for image searching across all content.
  • UpToDate
    • Perform a search and use the Graphics filter below the search box to display algorithms, diagnostic images, figures, forms, pictures, tables, and waveforms

Historical Images

  • See also the Osler Library's list of Image Collections for historical images in the Life Sciences.

Image Resources by Specialty

Publicly Available Image Resources Sorted by Subject: General

  • Google Advanced Image Search
    • Includes images from all over the web in different formats (.jpg, .gif, .png) that have been published in the life sciences.
    • Select applicable "usage rights" to find images that you can use or share
  • HEAL (Health Education Assets Library)
    • "Includes multimedia resources currently located on the HEAL server and across many remote servers."
    • Funded by the National Science Foundation and the National Library of Medicine.
    • Indexed using MeSH terms.
    • Includes a peer reviewed collection
  • National Cancer Institute Visuals Online
    • "Contains images from the collections of the Office of Communications, National Cancer Institute. Contents include general biomedical and science-related images, cancer-specific scientific and patient care-related images"
    • Collection can be browsed or searched.
  • TRIP Database - Medical Images
    • When searching TRIP Database: Turning Research into Practice, a subset of the results are collected under the heading "Images."
    • Only allows for searching, not browsing.
  • Wellcome Images
    • A source of images on the history of medicine, modern biomedical science and clinical medicine.
    • Over 160 000 historical and contemporary images.
    • Can be searched or browsed.

Publicly Available Image Resources Sorted by Subject: Dermatology

  • DermAtlas
    • Hosted by Johns Hopkins University.
    • More than 9200 dermatological photographs and histological slides.
    • "The purpose of this WWW site is to enable health care professionals, parents, and patients to access high quality dermatology images for teaching purposes."
    • Images are linked to references in PubMed.
    • Editorial Board. Accredited by HONCode
  • DermIS
    • A cooperation between the Dept. of Clinical Social Medicine (Univ. of Heidelberg) and the Dept. of Dermatology (Univ. of Erlangen).
    • Includes two image databases: DOIA (Dermatology Online Atlas) and PeDOIA.
  • Global Skin Atlas
    • "[J]oint effort of Doctors in various countries to cover the spectrum of skin disease in all skin colours and races. The images may be freely used for self education and for teaching purposes (...)"

Image Resources Sorted by Subject: Infectious Diseases'

  • The Big Picture Book of Viruses Images gathered from "well-known" sources
    • From Tulane University.
    • A directory of images available elswhere on the internet. No search engine available.
  • CDC Public Health Image Database Created by a Working Group at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    • Sponsored by the National Center for Health Marketing, the National Center for Infectious Diseases, and the Information Resources Management Office.
    • Includes photographs, illustrations, and multimedia files.
    • Indexed using MeSH terms.
  • Red Book Online Visual Library - "More than 2,700 ID images for use in diagnosis and presentations" in Pediatrics

Publicly Available Image Resources Sorted by Subject: Neuroanatomy

  • Whole Brain Atlas
    • Authored by Keith A. Johnson, MD and J. Alex Becker, MD from Harvard Medical School.
    • "The Atlas is intended as an introduction to basic neuroanatomy, with emphasis on the pathoanatomy of several leading central nervous system diseases."

Publicly Available Image Resources Sorted by Subject: Ophthalmology

  • Atlas of Ophthalmology
    • Endorsed by the International Council of Ophthalmology.
    • Approximately 300 images 'showing and describing the various stages of the clinical picture as it is seen in photographs and by ancillary tests.
  • National Eye Institute
    • Collection of photographs, illustrations, and animations available.
    • Collection can be browsed or searched.

Publicly Available Image Resources Sorted by Subject: Pathology

Publicly Available Image Resources Sorted by Subject: Public Health

Publicly Available Image Resources Sorted by Subject: Radiology

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