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Copyright Friendly Resources: Find Images

Find images, sounds, music and other digital content to use in scholarly and creative work.

Flickr Creative Commons

Flickr contains millions of photographs shared by Flickr users under Creative Commons licenses, and is a strong source for contemporary travel, nature, people, and design photographs.

Several overlays to Flickr offer enhanced search functionality and additional features.

Open Access Clip Art

Websites with Free Images

These sites offer at least some images for free general use. These sites also contain advertising and/or offer images for sale.

Read each site's conditions for use carefully. Different images from the same site may have different use restrictions, too. Make sure you know what they are.

Open Images

Images from sources on this page are free to use in multimedia projects such as digital stories, websites, blogs, ePortfolios and others. When you use these images, you do not need to restrict access to your class or academic environment.

Always read and comply with the use restrictions for specific image sources. As a general rule, always cite images someone else created.

Images should not be sold or used in commercial products or for commercial purposes.

Open Access Photographs & Historical Images

Metasearch Sites

These sites search multiple other sites for Creative Commons-licensed images. These sites may have ads or offer fee-based services as well.