Identifying and Finding Images 11 As these categories are based on image use, the same image can shift from one category to another based on what kind of project. Take, for example, this image (Photo 2.2) of women studying. Depending on how you use this image, it could be either a known image or an illustrative image. If a student were writing a blog post about the history of women’s education, this could be a suitable illustrative image. It shows an example of women studying in a historical setting, without it being about a specific person or place. It could help illustrate to the readers how women’s education used to function. This is an image from Belmont University’s digital repository, and if we read about the origins of the image, the student could use it in a different manner. If a student were researching about the history of women’s education and how the role of women in education and as educators has changed over time, this could be a valuable known image. It could function as a primary source in such a project, as it shows women attending class at the Ward-Belmont School, a women’s seminary in Nashville. Even though both of these example projects use a similar project and the exact same picture, what the picture adds to each project is different, because the student is using them for different purposes. PHOTO 2.1. Portrait of Edgar Allan Poe (from Scribner’s Monthly Magazine). 1880. Engraved by Timothy Cole. Source: Gift of Mrs. Alfred G. Mayer, 1933. Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
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