Visual resources are increasingly available via the library catalogue or via the internet and examples include:
Education Image Online is especially designed for use in academic institutions. It gives access to around 50,000 images across a broad range of subjects taken from the collections of the Hulton Archive, Photodisc and the Getty Images News service.
Searching is by keyword or by browsing through a list of subjects. Each image can be downloaded and all images are copyright cleared for use in research and teaching.
You can also retrieve visual images using the Intute
internet gateway. Select Advanced search, enter a keyword in the Search box then select Images from the All Resource Type list.
The BUFVC promotes the use of film and related media in higher education and research and is partly funded by JISC. It maintains a Television Index, TRILT, which can retrieve information on programmes dating back to 1995, from more than 300 TV and radio channels.
The Moving History website is a guide for researchers which gives the details of important public sector film and television collections in the UK. It includes over 100 film clips which can be viewed on a PC. The website resulted from a project initiated by the AHRB Centre for British Film and Television Studies.
For images on a broad range of subjects, try:
This has over 250,000 online, retrievable images on historical topics, places and people. You can search across the whole archive or just within specific subject areas. You will need to register with the service but there is no charge. Images can be ordered from the Archive as photographs or digital images and there will be a payment involved.
Images Online gives you access to thousands of images on a variety of subjects from the British Library's collections. You can view images on screen without charge or order, purchase and download ones that you particularly require.
Finally, you may wish to try some of the major search engines, especially Yahoo and Google. Each has a facility for retrieving images although you may only get access to a considerably scaled-down image.
Other sources of visual images are available using the Art and Design web pages.