Registration Form and Benefits
There are many benefits to registering with Science Source. Registration takes less than a minute and will enable you to save and manage your light boxes, as well as subscribe to updates about new collections and services. It also enables e-commerce so you can license images 24/7 and is the first step toward approval for pay-on-account download access.

Note: You will not be asked for any financial information to register. Click here to register.

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Registration status & password
If you are unsure whether you have registered with us already, go to the registration page . Upon filling in your email address and clicking “submit registration”, you'll either be brought to a status page if you have already registered, or back to the registration form to complete the required fields if you have not.

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Saving lightboxes.
If you are registered and have logged in, the lightboxes you create will be automatically saved. They will be available the next time you visit our site and sign in. If you don't wish to register with us, you can create one lightbox and email it to yourself or another email address in order to save it.  If you do not register and do not email your lightbox, it will be deleted once you leave our site.

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Viewing your current lightbox.
To view your active lightbox, simply click on "Active Lightbox" at the top of the page.

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Emailing lightboxes.
On the left-hand side of the lightbox page is an email form; once you fill it out and submit it, the recipients will receive a link to the current lightbox. To send to more than one recipient, click [+]Add Recipient.  Any changes made to your lightbox after sending will not appear in the lightbox the recipients receive.

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Creating new lightboxes.

At the top of any search page, search result page, or lightbox page, you will see a tab labeled "Lightbox Manager". If you hover your cursor over it, a "Create Lightbox" link will appear. Click it, enter a name for the lightbox, click submit and your new lightbox will be created, and become the “active lightbox”. You can also create a lightbox from the Lightbox Manager tab. On the left side of the page you will find a "Create Lightbox" box. Type in a name and click submit to create a new lightbox and make it active. You can also always hover over the "active lightbox" tab to access a pull down menu of all your lightboxes, and select "Create Lightbox" from there.

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Viewing all your lightboxes.
To view all of your current lightboxes on one page, click the Lightbox Manager tab at the top of any search results page. If you are on the home page, click "Log In". Once your are Logged in, the Lightbox Manager will display, showing you all your lightboxes with small previews of each.

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Deleting one of your lightboxes.
To delete your active lightbox, go to the "E-Lightbox Information" box in the upper right hand portion of the lightbox page, and select "Delete Lightbox" from the list of links. If you wish to delete multiple lightboxes click on the "Lightbox Manager" link in the "E-Lightbox Information" box. With each lightbox listed, you will see an option to delete.

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Copying images from one lightbox to another.
Sometimes you may wish to add images from one lightbox to another. First, from the pulldown menu in the upper right-hand corner, select the lightbox to which you wish to add images, or create a new lightbox. Now go to "Lightbox Manager" and click on the "View Images" link for the lightbox from which you wish to copy images. When the images appear you will see that under each image you have the option of "add to lightbox". If clicked, it will add the image to your current, active lightbox selected in step one (and displayed in the upper right corner of the page). Note: Adding an image to another lightbox will not delete it from the lightbox it is being copied from.

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Keyword search tips.
You can search by image number (e.g. BN1519) or keyword.

When using keywords, remember that:

  • The search engine uses boolean logic and by default all searches are "AND" searches, meaning the resulting images will contain ALL search terms queried. To search for images with ANY of the keywords, separate them with OR: searching "cat OR dog" will pull up images that either have a cat or a dog in them, or have both.
  • By this logic, if you are looking for white cats, but not medical cat scans in black & white, you would enter "white cat NOT scan".
  • Use parentheses to further refine your search. For example, if you want white cats and white dogs, enter "white (cat OR dog)". If you enter "white cat OR dog" without parentheses, the search returns white cats and dogs of any color.
  • Use quotation marks to search for specific phrases such as "wild cat", "college student", or "Easter Island". Searching without quotes will bring up any images that include both words in its keyword list, but not necessarily the phrase. So a search for Easter Island that is NOT enclosed in quotation marks could bring up images of an Easter celebration on Long Island as well as pictures of Easter Island. You can also refine such searches by combining the quoted phrase with whatever you don't want to see. For example, if you want big cats but not lions, enter "big cat" -lion.
  • There is a pull down “Refine” menu next to the “Search” button that allows you to restrict your searches to Rights Managed or Royalty Free images (the default search will look for both types), search by image orientation, and search video clips or still images. On the home page there is also check box to exclude medical images.
  • Please feel free to contact our researchers if you need help with a search!
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