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Health & Life Sciences Image Resources

Sources for health and life sciences images from MSU Libraries resources

Image Usage Information

This page discusses usage of images in print and electronic course packs, some of which are allowed for free via subscriptions negotiated by the MSU Libraries. For information on using images in course lectures and presentations see the Lectures page.

BMJ Journals

MSU affiliated users "may incorporate a limited number of BMJ journal articles or abstracts from the Licensed Material in electronic course packs or other educational materials solely for the benefit of those Authorised Users. Each such use must carry acknowledgement of the source, title, author and publisher." From BMJ Journals Licensing Terms.

Clinical Key Ebooks

LWW/Ovid/Wolters Kluwer

You may use images from journals and ebooks published by Wolters Kluwer and its imprints Ovid and Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (LWW) with no additional permissions. Images must be copyrighted by these companies to be used - this primarily impacts journal content where the copyright to images may be held by a society or individual author. Always look below the image to see who holds the copyright.

All images must be accompanied by an appropriate citation including a hyperlink back to the image in its original context.

Ebook content is found on two platforms: Books @ OVID and LWW Health Libraries. Links to the platforms and information on creating citations and linking to books is shown below.

Please use the following citation on all images: Copyright © Lippincott Williams & Wilkins - All Rights Reserved

To Stable Link to Images:

1. Find an image

2. Click "view figure" and use the browser URL. It will be very long but should include or to work properly.

Example: Figure 5.1 Low-grade squamous intraepithelial lesion (mild dysplasia, CIN 1). Section I: General Principles - 5. Pathology In Berek & Hacker's Gynecologic Oncology. Copyright © Lippincott Williams & Wilkins - All Rights Reserved. Retrieved from:;Book+Image=bookdb|/CT{06b9ee1beed59419ba6ddb6a4dd46b162b32c5dc68b834939821d5f3cac225738d8d78af36e68a1f62c21a161faf2271}/ID%28F1-5%29

To stable link to an image:

1. find an image either through an image search or within a text, click the image and select "view original"

2. A new dialog box will open, use the URL in the browser as the stable link. Make sure either or is included in the URL.

Example: Fig 1.1. Thoracic Skeleton. Chapter 1: Thorax In Moore's Clinically Oriented Anatomy. 2014, Williams & Wilkins. Retrieved from:

McGraw-Hill Ebooks

Images from McGraw-Hill ebooks can be used in course packs with no additional permissions needed. Print-only texts from this publisher are not included and must still go through a external permissions process.



Springer Nature


For the images contained in Primal Pictures and Stat!Ref textbooks please ensure that all the copyright notices and watermarks are retained and cite the source as completely as you can.


Thieme products including books on the MedOne platform and the Thieme Teaching Assistant may be used with no additional permissions. Include in the citation a link back to the figure in its original context. Any notices must remain intact.

Please use the following citation on all images: [image citation including a link to it in context.] In Fundamentals of Medical Physiology and Physiology: An Illustrated Review. All rights reserved. © Thieme 2012.

The Guide to Using Thieme Images (PDF) is available as a quick introduction to downloading and managing images in Thieme.

Please note - Content, figure titles, or legends may be removed from images, but the copyright notices must remain intact. Original content may be added to an image, but the addition of third-party copyrighted material is not allowed. Content added to the images becomes the property of Thieme.

Please use the following citation on all images: Fundamentals of Medical Physiology and Physiology: An Illustrated Review. All rights reserved. © Thieme 2012.

To stable link to an image:

1. Find an image

2. Click on the image, note down the Figure Information and use the link in the browser's address bar as the stable link. It must include either or to be effective.

For example: Fig. 21.21 A. Posterior muscles of the shoulder and arm, Superficial dissection. Right side, posterior view. Illustrator: Karl Wesker From: Atlas of Anatomy, 2nd ed. c. Thieme 2016. Retrieved from:

Visual DX

Visual Dx is a web-based clinical decision support system designed to aid in the identification of dermatologic, infectious, genetic, metabolic, nutritional and occupational diseases, benign and malignant growths, drug-induce conditions, and other injuries. Covers more than 1,300 pediatric and adult conditions represented by nearly 30,000 images.

That point of care tool uses images from all ranges of skin tones. You can search by specific dermatological presentation/disease/disorder and scope by skin pigmentation.

The Logical Images copyright watermark must be visible and intact.

Please use the following citation on all images: Image source: Visual Dx (