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UConn Library's LibGuides Standards and Best Practices — Using Images

A guide to help you create and edit your subject, course, topic and general purpose guides

Using Images

Use Images Judiciously

Images are great for livening up a page, breaking up text, and providing graphical cues to content. But, even though you can use images using the fair use doctrine that online apply to cases where the images are used for educational purposes. Therefore, you can't just pick any image on the web. But do not fear! There are many options of where to find public domain or Creative Commons images on the web. Check the resources in this page to find images to use in your guides.

Best Practices for Using Images in your Guides

  • Images must comply with copyright law and best practices.
  • Images must comply with accessibility guidelines per state law. Always add Alt-text to your images (to facilitate access to screen reader) and to allow search engines to find your content. Alt-text is used for Search Engine Optimization.
  • Images should be relevant to the content and focus of your guide.
  • Whenever possible, images should come from the public domain or Creative Commons.
  • Organize your images! Create folders and name them by topic so they will be easy for you to find
  • Save images in the Shared Images Library instead of your Personal Library so other can re-used your images (if appropriate)
  • Upload images in the size you want them to display. Huge images slow down page load times.
  • Upload images rather than hot-linking or embedding them. Uploading ensures your guides' stability and security.
  • Set image size using percentages. This helps users who use their browser's zoom function to see your pages more distinctly.

► Use the Image Property menu Picture Icon to Access Image Property Menu to align images, add a border or add spaces between images and text, etc. so the images and text display properly.

Image Manger Menu OptionsFor example:

◘ To wrap text around an image, select align “Left”, and assign any value from 1-10 for the options H(orizontal) Space and V(ertical) Space, to create space between the images and the text for better readability.

Screenshot LibApps Image Manager Library MenuTo upload images you can do it directly into a Rich Text Box by clicking the picture icon picture icon or opening the Image Manager under Content in the LibGuides top menu. Do not hot-link or embed images.

Upload and save any images to the Shared Library, rather than your private Personal Library. Images in the Shared Library can be reused by your colleagues, making everyone's work more efficient. Only save images to private space if you feel that they are relevant only to your specific guide. In the Shared Library, you can save an image in the ROOT (default folder) or create an specific folder by time, any other category (e.g. Buildings, Countries, etc.)

Where to Find Images for your Guides & Other Resources: