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Quick Guide to Using Image Quest

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PCC now offers faculty, staff and students access to over 2,000,000 images in the Image Quest library, all available for PCC-only non-commercial educational use.

Here's a quick summary of how to use Image Quest, including specific tips for faculty using these images in Desire2Learn.

Step 1: Access Image Quest and Take a Quick Tour

Access Image Quest and, if you're accessing Image Quest from outside the PCC domain, enter your PCC User Name and Password. For a quick tour, view Image Quest's two-page Guided Tour (PDF). For further information, you can also visit Image Quest's Help pages.

Step 2: Search for Images

To quickly search for images, do the following:

  1. Leave the "Search In:" drop-down boxes at the default settings (All Subjects and All Collections), except for very specific subject searches such as Illustrations, Maps & Flags, or Vintage Content.
  2. Enter your search term(s) in the empty third field. Tips: use quotation marks for phrases and use Boolean operators such as AND, OR, and NOT. The case (upper case vs. lower case) doesn't matter.
  3. Hit Return/Enter on your keyboard or click on theSearch iconSearch icon (the magnifying glass).

Step 3: Gather the Images in a Lightbox

Once you find images you might want to download, you can add each of them to a Lightbox. Lightboxes are a good way to gather all potential images on one page, compare them, decide which best suit your needs, and then download multiple images all at once. Note: the Lightbox is cleared every time you leave Image Quest or close your browser window.

To add images to a Lightbox, choose theAdd to Lightbox iconAdd to Lightbox icon (the green plus sign) located to the upper left of the image.

Lightbox iconOnce you've added images to your Lightbox, you can access your Lightbox via the Lightbox button at the upper right hand corner of the page. Clicking on the title of an image takes you to more information about the image. Clicking on the image itself brings up a larger version of the image.

Step 4: Download the Images

Download buttonIn a Lightbox you can check specific images or choose Select All to download; then choose the Download button.

If you're not in a Lightbox you can download images by choosing either theMore Information iconMore Information icon (the blue letter i) or the title of the image and then the Download button.

Your download will be in the form of a ZIP file named "media.zip". This file includes your images plus a file named "media.txt" which contains information about each of the images you downloaded. Some tips for faculty adding images to Desire2Learn course materials: The text in the Caption field can be used as your alt text (see Step 6). Additionally, Image Quest provides four different image citation versions for you to use: MLA, APA, Harvard, and Chicago Manual of Style. Select the version you wish to copy from the "drop-down" menu.

Step 5: Resize the Images

If you're a faculty member using these images in Desire2Learn, the images need to be resized smaller so that they fit within the D2L environment and your students are not forced to scroll horizontally to see your content. To resize the images, use your favorite image editor or a free image editor such as Pixlr, available as the Pixlr Express online version or the Pixlr Express mobile version.

The recommended sizes for images in the D2L environment are as follows:

Step 6: Add the Images and Alt Text to Your D2L Course

When you use Insert Image iconInsert Image in the D2L HTML Editor to add an image to one of your course pages, the alt text for that image can be copied from the media.txt file you downloaded from Image Quest. Consider whether the alt text provided by Image Quest is contextually appropriate for your students, adding or deleting words from the alt text as necessary to best explain the image to students in the context of your course. At this time, you may also provide a citation for the image using one of the four versions available.