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Suggestions for finding and legally using images, music, and video in your classroom assignments and presentations.
Last Updated: Apr 18, 2015 URL: Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts

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Key Resource

  • ARTstor
    An online resource of 1.4 million images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and sciences for research and teaching purposes.

Find Images in Books

You can find many great pictures inside the books at Rogers Library, particularly the oversize books.

You can use the library's scanner (attached to a computer near the back of the computer area) or photocopiers to scan an image, but remember to respect copyright

Find Icons & Clipart Online

  • Icon Finder
    Great feature: you can change the background of each icon to clear, white, or black.
  • The Noun Project
    A collection of "highly recognizable symbols that form the world's visual language."
  • Web Icon Set - Free Sets
    Free for personal & commercial uses.
  • Clker
    Searchable collection of public domain clipart.
  • Font Awesome
    Fonts & Icons
    An extensive icon pack for website development and more.
  • OpenClipArt
    Public domain clipart that can be used for any purpose, even commercial.

Find Images Online

If you are using an image for educational purposes, then most of the time you can use any image even those that are copyrighted. More info here

However, here are some good websites to find images that you can freely use:

  • Wikimedia Commons  Icon
    Mostly photos.
    > Usage: Check the license for each individual photo before you use it.
  • Compfight, a Flickr search tool  Icon
    > Usage: Mostly free for noncommercial use. Check the license for each individual photo before you use it.
    > TIP: Limit your results to "Creative Commons" to view images that you can reuse.
  • Documenting the American South
    Photos & more
    > Usage: Can be used for "private purposes or student or instructor use in a classroom or classroom assignment without prior permission as long as a proper citation is given."
  • Educational Technology Clearinghouse
    Maps, clipart, and photos.
    > Usage: Use up to 25 free photos in a single, non-commercial school project. Attribution to ETC required.
  • FreeImages
    > Usage: Free for most purposes. Contact the photographer for commercial uses.
  • FreePixels
    > Usage: Free images, noncommercial use only.
  • LIFE magazine photo archive
    > Usage: Free for "personal and research purposes” but digitally watermarked.
  • Medical Images - Duke University
    Photos & drawings.
    > Usage: Varies; most free for noncommercial use.
  • Morgue File
    > Usage: Free for commercial or noncommercial uses.
  • Vezzle
    > Usage: Check the license for each individual photo before you use it.
    > Usage: All photos on are in the public domain for commercial or non-commercial uses. Please attribute when using images.

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