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Research Teas at Van Pelt Library


This fall, we are organizing a series called Research Teas that are meant to be open forums for students, both undergraduate and graduate, to discuss their research. Each of the six sessions this semester will have a topic to ground our discussions (see below), but participants are welcome to discuss their own research regardless of that month’s topic. Tea and cookies will be served!

We hope that this forum provides an opportunity for students to share ideas about research across disciplines and interests. Sessions will be held from 4 to 5:30pm in the Collaborative Classroom, and you can register by clicking the links below. We hope to see you on Wednesdays this fall!

September 23 – Personal Voice: Letters and Diaries

October 7 – The Week that Was: Historical Newspapers and Magazines

October 21 – Historical Geography: Discovering, Using, and Making Maps

November 4 – From Millions of Books: Making and Manipulating a Corpus

November 18 – Worth a Thousand Words: Working with Photographs and Images

December 2 – Picturing the Past and Present: Political cartoons, comics, and graphic novels

Google Search by Image

Inspired by WIC librarian Caitlin Shanley’s post about Google Power Searchers, I thought I’d share some pointers on image searching that I’ve learned recently. While working on image copyright for Penn’s offerings on Coursera.org—a platform for free online classes from top universities— I’ve become well-acquainted with Google’s Search by Image feature. I was surprised to find out that not too many people know about this useful tool! It’s a great solution for common frustrations like:

  • I saved an image to my desktop to put in a paper, but now I can’t remember the source to cite it.
  • I have a picture of a plant/creature/landmark/item/work of art, and I want to get information about it.
  • I want to reuse an image on the web, but I need to track down the owner to get permission.
  • I want to find the original source of a pinned image on Pinterest.
  • I want to find a better resolution or uncropped version of an image.
  • I’m an artist/creator monitoring reuse of my work.
  • I want to find pictures of cats that look like my cat.

Here’s how it works: You can search with an image whether it’s online or saved to your hard drive– just head over to Google Images and click the little camera icon on the far right side of the search bar. Continue reading Google Search by Image

Picture Perfect – Image Resources

You’ve completed the research, developed an outline, composed and practiced your speech. Now all that is left to do is create the visual aid.

Don’t let blurry, low-resolution images distract your audience or detract from your insightful  commentary. You can move beyond Google Image Search to find powerful, high-quality images that help emphasize and clarify. Find free images online with creative commons licenses or through licensed resources at Penn Libraries.

Wikimedia Commons

    • 11 million media files
    • No registration required
    • Licensing – GNU Free Documentation License, Creative Commons, public domain.


    • 350,000 image files, with tutorials for photo editing
    • Requires registration (free)
    • Licensing – varies
    • Nice advanced search option

Morgue File
Yoto Photo 

Don’t forget Penn Libraries’ image collections!

The Fisher Fine Arts Library Image Collection has a beautiful searchable selection of over 180,000 digital images.

Check out the library’s eresources for collections of general and special interest image including the AP Photo Archive (over 1 million photographs) and ARTstor (over half a million images of art, architecture and archaeology).

Another viable option…

Why not borrow a camera and create your own images? The Vitale Digital Media Lab in the Weigle Information Commons has two Nikon D3100 cameras and a Casio Exilim FH100 available for 3-day lending.

Preserving Your Family Photographs (4/13/11)

We all have photographs that document our family stories. Join us to learn how to preserve these photographic materials – from 19th century daguerreotypes to contemporary digital images. Barbara Lemmen, Senior Photograph Conservator at the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts (CCAHA) in Philadelphia, will present an illustrated lecture which will cover how to handle, store, and display photographs. There will be time to view samples of various photographic processes as well as to inspect currently available long-term
storage systems.

Tuesday, April 26 5:30pm
Class of ’55 Conference Room
Van Pelt Library

This lecture is free, but due to space limitations RSVP to Abby Eron at 215-545-0613 or aeron@ccaha.org by April 25, 2011

originally posted to the Vitale Digital Media Lab blog

Public Health Photo Documentary (12/1/09)

Dr. Carolyn Cannuscio led a project where students and Philadelphia residents documented public health concerns through photographs and interviews. Students used the WIC Seminar Room and Vitale Digital Media Lab to work with images and web content. The Health of Philadelphia Photo Documentation Project powerfully demonstrates connections between neighborhood context and public health, and attracted a WHYY article.