Illustrate to communicate – make your point with an image! – info tip

The Library has a number of sources of copyright-cleared images which you can use in your assignments and University work. Why not explore some of the resources listed below in order to enrich your projects with pictures that illustrate your point?

Images can be a persuasive addition to your argument, but remember to consider them critically as with any source and reference images appropriately, giving credit to the original source.

Finding images

The main resource for images is Britannica Image Quest – it includes over 2.7 million images from various collections including National Geographic, Getty Images, National History Museum and more.

There are lots of other databases that provide images, or include both text and images but allow you to search for images only. See what’s available on our Image and sound page.

Image search engines

There is also a wealth of images available online, some of which are made available for non-commercial use in project work and presentations. These are labelled as Creative Commons images.

You can find these by using a number of search engines and photo-sharing websites, including Xpert search and attribution. Xpert searches Creative Commons licensed material and allows you to download the image with the appropriate attribution and licence details integrated – easy!

For further guidance on using images legally, see the University’s advice on copyright

University image collections

The University has several image collections students can use to improve their work. Special Collections have many images of the items in their collections on their website which can be used in unpublished and non-commercial works. Special Collections covers many areas including Samuel Beckett, early English coins, early anatomy books and publishers’ archives. Please contact them if you want to know more about using these images.

Citing images

Like everything you refer to in your academic work, you need to cite the author of your image and where you got it from – see our advice on how to cite an image

Need further advice?

For more guidance contact your subject liaison librarian

This is one of a series of tips to help you save time and effort finding or using information.

This tip was written by Natalie Guest, Multimedia Manager.

Need maps? Try Digimap – info tip

If you need maps of Great Britain, think aDigimapbout using Digimap – Digimap delivers maps and map data from official sources to UK higher education, and you can easily create authoratative location and site maps.  There are five different collections available to members of the University of Reading:

  • historic_promo_smallDigimap – contemporary Ordnance Survey maps and data, ranging from small scale base maps to detailed large scale plans
  • Historic Digimap – historic Ordnance Survey maps from 1840 to the 1990s.  They can be compared side-by-side to help follow changes in the landscape
  • Geology Digimap – geology maps and data from the British Geological Survey (BGS)
  • Environment Digimap – landcover maps for different years, from the Centre of Ecology and Hydrology (CEH).  This collection includes scans of the Dudley Stamp Land Use maps from the 1930s
  • Aerial Digimap – contemporary aerial photography from Getmapping plc.

You will need to register to use Digimap – it is quick and easy to do.  Follow the instructions on our Digimap page.

geology_promo_smallOnce registered, you can select and print maps of Great Britain using the ‘Roam’ interface from whichever collection you want.  Roam includes tools to annotate your maps, and you can save them for future use. You can also measure distances and areas. Printing is possible at sizes from A4 up to A0, or you can save it as a pdf or a jpg to insert in Word.

If you prefer, you can download the map data to use in a Geographical Information System such as ArcGIS or QGIS.

environment_promo_smallExtensive help is available from the Digimap Resource Centre and from the Digimap YouTube channel, or you can email your Site Representative – Judith Fox, the Map Librarian.

To find out more about maps in the Library see our Maps guide.

This is one of a series of tips to help save you time and effort finding or using information

This tip was written by Judith Fox, Map Librarian

Eye spy… try out our new resource showing Britain from the air

Avebury Aerial DigimapWe now have access to Aerial Digimap, a new addition to the Digimap suite of mapping databases. It consists of detailed vertical aerial photography, which can be viewed, annotated, printed or downloaded.  Maps are viewed in Aerial Roam as a single seamless coverage of Great Britain, with optional Ordnance Survey background mapping.

The imagery is provided by Getmapping plc in a jpg format, and can be printed at scales from 1:250 to 1:175,000. A sliding control in Aerial Roam allows you to choose how much of the background mapping you show, and the data will be regularly updated. Downloaded data can be combined in a geographical information system (GIS) with other Digimap data such as OS MasterMap or used to produce 3D models in conjunction with, for example, OS Terrain DTM.

Why should I use it?

  • Henley Business School Aerial DigimapIf you are studying archaeology it will aid visualisation of a site within its landscape, and may allow things not visible at ground level to be discerned.
  • Environmental and biological scientists can use it to help to identify conservation areas and habitats, and to measure specific land uses.
  • Studying architecture and urban planning? Use Aerial Digimap to view infrastructure networks, and to closely examine buildings using the detailed, 25 cm resolution of the imagery.

Using Aerial Digimap

To use Aerial Digimap you will need to accept the licence terms and conditions.  It will prompt you to do this the first time you use it.

Help is available in the Digimap Resource Centre, and there are useful videos available on the Digimap YouTube channel.  Alternatively, contact the Map Librarian for information and help.

Judith Fox, Map Librarian

Book EndNote Web training for easy referencing!

Student studyingThere are spaces still available on next week’s EndNote Web workshop for undergraduates and masters students.

Come along to learn how to use EndNote Web to…

  • store details of the books and articles you read
  • download references from databases such as the Web of Science
  • insert citations in your Word documents
  • build a bibliography in a style of your choosing at the click of a button

Workshop time

Wednesday 22 February, 14:00 – 15:30

Book your place

Book your place via the ‘Library course bookings’ link on the RISISweb portal. The bookings link is located in the ‘Actions’ tab if you’re a student. If you’re a member of staff click on ‘Specialist Actions’ in the ‘Specialist Actions’ tab.

This workshop is part of the Student Training and Experience Programme (STEP) and counts towards the RED Award.

Unable to make this date?

Check the EndNote training webpage for other dates when this workshop is running this term.

Sally Smith, Learning Support Co-ordinator

No minimum for online Campus Card top-up!

Need to top-up your Campus Card but don’t have cash for the kiosk? We have good news for you!


You can now top-up online using your debit / credit card with any amount, no matter how small – there’s now no minimum amount. So if you’re paying a Library fine online, or need to top-up for some printing, there’s no need to overspend – just top-up with the exact amount you need.

Top-up online anytime with the Campus Card portal.

Presenting BoB – our new resource for TV & radio

Our newest e-resource is Box of Broadcasts (BoB) – BoB is a resource that allows you to record and view TV and radio programmes from over 65 free-to-air channels.


Also available is an archive of over 2 million programmes from the 1990s to the present day – ready to watch. Includes content from; BBC TV and radio, ITV, Channel 4, Film4, some foreign language channels, the BBC Shakespeare Archive and lots more! Check the full list of available channels.

Use BoB’s integrated tools to;

  • Create clips & playlists and share
  • Link to BoB content in BlackBoard or play in lectures
  • Find programmes and create clips on your topic by searching across programme transcripts and subtitles

Programmes available in BoB are made available to members of the University under the ERA licence and are for educational and non-commercial purposes only. BoB is only available to users in the UK for copyright reasons.

For more information on how you may use the content available, please check the access page or have a look at Box of Broadcast’s FAQs

If you plan to use BoB to enhance your teaching we’d love to hear about it! Contact Natalie Guest with your ideas.

Natalie Guest, Document Delivery Co-ordinator

Library open this Saturday 10 September

The Library is open this Saturday 10 September!Girl reading

Working on your dissertation? Busy in the week? Make use of the Library this Saturday – it will be the last of our three Summer Vacation Saturdays. Our Autumn Term opening hours begin on Saturday 24 September when we will be open 08:30-21:00.

Check full Library opening hours for more details.

Natalie Guest, Document Delivery Co-ordinator

Digimap access fixed!

Recent problems logging into the Screenshot from Geology DigimapDigimap service have now been fixed. However, changes made to the way your Digimap account is managed mean that unfortunately any saved maps or annotations you created between the 26th July and the 23rd August 2016 will have been removed from your account.  Any maps or saved annotations from before the 26th of July will have been reinstated to your account.

If you require access to any saved maps or annotations that you made in the last month that are not now in your account and that you cannot easily recreate, please get in touch with Digimap support at Edina as soon as possible.

Judith Fox, Map Librarian

Digimap access problems

MapWe are currently experiencing problems logging into the Digimap service. We are investigating the cause and will post an update as soon as possible.

Apologies for the inconvenience this will cause.

Judith Fox, Map Librarian