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Featured GalterGuides: Multimedia and Medical Images


It’s often said that a picture is worth a thousand words, and that is certainly the case in the health sciences, where images or video might be needed for varied reasons. Are you looking to illustrate a lecture on a medical history topic, review anatomic fine points, or learn more about a particular medical or surgical technique? Curated by Galter librarians, two GalterGuides, provide tips, highlights, and links to a variety of free and licensed sources for medical images and videos.

  • Medical Images spotlights websites, print, and online books as sources for images and illustrations.
  • Multimedia Medical Resources covers U.S. government sources, videos, podcasts, and guidance on citing images and video.

The Videos section of the Multimedia Medical Resources GalterGuide highlights several Galter Library licensed resources for portals and collections that include multimedia. Each publisher or provider makes multimedia content discoverable in different ways. For example, AccessMedicine (McGraw-Hill) is a collection of medical textbooks, including the well-known Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine, now in its 20th edition. For those seeking multimedia resources, the GalterGuide links to the “Multimedia” tabbed section in the AccessMedicine site, with its drop-down menu that includes “Procedural Videos.” Individual video clips in Access Medicine can also be searched in the Galter online catalog: Use the home page search box or the search box in the top-right corner of all library website pages to locate AccessMedicine Videos by typing “AccessMedicine Videos” into the search box. The resulting record will indicate the title and length of the clip, its production date, as well as the source (from where it originated in the AccessMedicine collections).

It's recommended that you read the information on each site to find out about its currency and the rights to use the images or multimedia resources for educational, publishing, or other purposes. For additional ideas on finding sources for images or videos, or for other research information needs, feel free to contact the liaison librarian for your department or program.

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Updated: September 21, 2020