This guide suggests resources for obtaining and using Digital Images.

Contents of this research guide

Search Engines | Image Collections

Web Directories  | Databases | Use of Images | Other Guides

Search Engines


Use Search Engines to find an image by keyword.


Ask www.ask.com/images
Dogpile www.dogpile.com
Flickr www.flickr.com
FreeFoto www.freefoto.com
Google Images www.google.com/images
Picsearch www.picsearch.com
Yahoo! Images http://images.search.yahoo.com
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Image Collections


Search Large Image Collections


American Memory - Maintained by Library of Congress, this website documents the American experience.


Creative Commons - A non-profit organization devoted to storing creative works for others to legally use and expand upon.


Free Large Photos - A collection of mostly outdoor photos available to use if credit is given to the website.

Great Images in NASA (GRIN) - A collection of over a thousand images of significant historical interest.

HubbleSite Gallery - Images taken from the Hubble Space Telescope.


Kent Library Special Collections and Archives - Search images from the Missouri Regional History Collection, University Archives and more.


Library of Congress Flickr - Thousands of photos from the Library of Congress collections have been scanned in and posted on flickr.com.


LIFE Magazine Google Image Collection - Millions of photos from the LIFE magazine archive are available to be searched on Google Images.


Missouri Digital Heritage - A digital image collection containing historical photos of happenings in the state of Missouri. http://www.sos.mo.gov/mdh/

MorgueFile- Free high resolution digital stock photography for either corporate or public use.

NASA Image Exchange (NIX)-Image search engine for NASA related media.

NYPL Digital Gallery - This site provides access to over 600,000 images in the collections of The New York Public Library.


Prints & Photographs Reading Room -More than half of the Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Reading Room's collection can be found here.


Perry Castaneda Library Map Collection - University of Texas at Austin maintains an online library of maps from all over the world.


Smithsonian Images - Images from many different Smithsonian institutions are accessible through flickr galleries on this site.


Time & Life Pictures - Content from photojournalists documenting past and present political and cultural events, as well as celebrities and the American experience.


Visible Earth - Images of the earth from space.


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Web Directories of Image Collections


Use Web Directories to find Image Collections on a certain subject.


BUBL Link: Image collections - Over 150 collections


Digital Librarian: Images


U.S. Government Graphics and Photos - Collections from many major governmental offices.


Clip Art from Yahoo Directory

http://dir.yahoo.com/computers_and_internet/ graphics/clip_art

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Use the Library's subscription databases to get images.


Academic Search Premier Click on More at the top and then select  Images
ARTstor Digital image database.
Credo Reference Collection Reference megasearch that can be limited to entries with images
Encyclopedia Britannica Perform search first, Media or Images will appear on the side bar.
Newsbank Search Newsbank Maps on the bottom left column, for maps.
Proquest Research Library & Newspapers Select More Search Options on the bottom, choose Editorial Cartoons from the Document Type drop-down menu.
Oxford Reference Online -
Maps & Illustrations
Search three sources at once for flags, maps and visuals.
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Use of Images


Intellectual Property protects creative works through a patent, trademark or  copyright. To help determine if the images you found are protected under copyright and how to use them fairly, use the resources below.


Copyright Clearance Center

Overview of Copyright Law

Definitions of Public Domain, Copyright and Fair Use.
Copyright Term and the Public Domain in United States

Timeline of Copyright Dates

Use dates to determine if a work copyrighted or in the Public Domain.

Fair Use of Copyrighted Materials

Four Fair Use Factors

A test to see if you're violating copyright.

U.S. Copyright Office

Copyright Basics

What material can by copyrighted, how and for how long.

The Center for Internet and Society

A Fair(y) Use Tale

A humorous video developed by Professor Eric Faden of Bucknell University demonstrating copyright and fair use principles.

American Library Association

Fair Use Elevator

Helps you better understand how to determine the "fairness" of a use under the U.S. Copyright Code. Provides access to educational materials, external copyright resources, and contact information for copyright help at local & national levels.
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Other Image Finding Guides


Finding Images on the Web

Boston University Library

Advice: Finding and Using Digital Images

Technical Advisory Service for Images, UK's Further and Higher Education community

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last updated: 3/12/10, MWH