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How To Use AP Images

AP Images (a.k.a. AP Media Archives) is a database of photographs from the Associated Press (AP). You cannot use images from AP images in online courses, presentations or any kind of publicly viewable or available materials without getting a license. 

Before You Begin

To learn to access the college's research databases or enter your college login, go to How To Access Library Databases.

Access

  1. Go to the library's homepage at www.esc.edu/library
  2. Click Multimedia
  3. Click the Images tab.
  4. Click AP Images
  5. If prompted, enter your college login and password.
    During your session, you may be prompted for a username and password. Click Cancel and continue.

Search

There is a search box at the top of the screen.

Screenshot of AP Images basic search

  1. Type your keywords or subject into the search box. 
    • Put quotation marks around a phrase so that ebrary knows to search those words as one unit rather than separately.
    • Use AND between keywords to search for books containing both terms.
    • Use OR between keywords to search for books containing either term.
    • For more information, see Using AND, OR & NOT to Combine Keywords.
  2. Optionally, use the pull-down menu next to it to specify the time.
  3. Click the red Search button.

Advanced Search

Screenshot of AP Images advanced search

To get to Advanced search, lick the red Advanced next to the Basic Search box. 

  1. Type your keywords or subject into the search box. 
    • Put quotation marks around a phrase so that ebrary knows to search those words as one unit rather than separately.
    • Use AND between keywords to search for books containing both terms.
    • Use OR between keywords to search for books containing either term.
    • For more information, see Using AND, OR & NOT to Combine Keywords.
  2. Optionally, enter a date range where it says Created Between
  3. Optionally, if you want a photo of a person, put their name in the People box. If you want a photo of an event, put its name in the Event box. 
  4. Optionally, enter a location where it says City, State and Country

Finally, click the gray Search button at the bottom.

Additional Search Tips

  • Use "" (quotation marks) to combine words into phrases.
  • Use and, or and not to combine your keywords.
  • Use * (asterisk) at the end of a word to find all variations (e.g., exam* finds exams, examiner, examination, etc.).

Your Search Results

Screenshot of AP Images search results

Click the thumbnail image to see the full-size version along with information about it.

  1. Click the name of the image to view the full-sized version with image information.
  2. Click the checkbox underneath the image to select it. Once you have selected all the images you want on this page of search results, you can click the View Selected or Download button at the top of the search results list.
  3. Underneath each image are icons:
    • The little gear/sprocket icon opens a menu that allows you to Download, Quicksave, View Slideshow, View Detail (image information) or Print.
    • The down arrow icon allows you to download.
    • The diskette icon allows you to quicksave.
    • The magnifier icon allows you to view the image information.
  4. At the top of the left navigation column, you can narrow your search down by related subject.
  5. Below that, you can narrow your search down by the name of a person related to the subject.
  6. Below that, you can narrow your search down by the name of of an event related to the subject.
  7. And below that, you can narrow your search down by the name of the photographer who took the image.

Image Preview

When you click on an image, you get a full-size version of the image and several options for how to use it.

Screenshot of AP Images image detail

Link to Images

When you link to an image, anyone with a college login and password can view it, but it may have a watermark.

  1. Click an image once to open the preview.
  2. Highlight the URL at the top of the preview window.
  3. Right click to copy.
  4. Open the destination application.
  5. Right click to paste.

Copy Images

  1. Click an image once to open the preview.
  2. Right click to copy the image. (This will retain the image's true resolution.)
  3. Open the destination application.
  4. Right click and paste.

Print Images

  1. Click on an image once to preview it.
  2. Click Print Preview at the top of the page.
  3. Follow the prompts to print the image.

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