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Images with Clinical Key

While one may, of course, find images via a Google Image or other open web search, not only is the quality of the images questionable, but there is also the questions of provenance and of copyright.  Two great ways to find images that are citable include Creative Commons Search (open access) and Clinical Key (via library databases.)

Creative Commons Search

Creative Commons licenses provide access and use; however, the use may be limited as outlined in the infographic below:

Creative Commons Licenses infographic

Image: How To Attribute Creative Commons Photos by Foter (


Clinical Key provides a collection of health sciences images derived from full-text journal articles and ebooks.  While students have fair use permissions, additionally, these images are copyright cleared to be used in presentations for non-commercial purposes, provided that the presentations slides are not posted.  

Access Clinical Key through the SLU Libraries or by this link:

Then, to use the Presentation Maker feature, you will need to create a free Personal Account. Click on  Register in the upper right corner. (Select Login if you already have an account.) Fill out the form to create your free username and password:

Once logged in, there are two methods to search for multimedia--via the search box or via browse.  We will focus on the search.

1. Click on Search Types and select multimedia. This will also include videos, but we will adjust after the search.

2. After the search, de-select videos:

3. To select an image, click on the Add to Presentation icon.

Follow the prompts to add to presentation...


Go to your account and click on presentations: