Looking for Images?

Sparklers, by Kelley Bozarth

Are you looking for images to use in your upcoming presentation? In order to avoid violating copyright, check out some of the websites below. Each site includes images that you can use without breaking copyright laws. Some of the images have something called a Creative Commons license. These licenses allow you to use an image for free but can specify different things, such as the requirement to give credit to the creator of the image or the prohibition of altering the work in some way. Even if you do not see a Creative Commons license, it is always a good idea to give credit to the person who created the image. (By the way, the photo in this post is by Kelley Bozarth from Unsplash.)

  • Google Advanced Image Search: We all use Google when we’re looking for information. By using the Advanced Image Search, you can make sure you’re finding images intended to be used and shared by changing the Usage Rights option to meet your needs.
  • Flickr Advanced Search: Flickr is a great source for finding images. When using their advanced search, just click the checkbox next to Only search within Creative Commons-licensed content in order to find images for your assignment.
  • morgueFile: “morgueFile contains photographs freely contributed by many artists to be used in creative projects by visitors to the site.” The site simply asks that you give credit to the photographer who took the photo.
  • WorldImages: This site, from California State University, contains over 10,000 images from all over the world. The images are for non-profit educational purposes, and they ask that you give credit to those who created the images.
  • Imagebase: “Imagebase.net is a collection of photos, mostly taken by David Niblack, that can be freely used for personal, commercial, non-profit, artistic, or creative purposes.”
  • Unsplash: Looking for something a little more artsy? Unsplash posts 10 totally free photos every 10 days.

About Amanda Howell

I am a Reference & Instruction Librarian and the Liaison for the College of Business & Economics.
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