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Finding and Using Media: Locating Images
How to find images to reuse on web pages and elsewhere.
Visual art encyclopedia online with over 45,000 articles includes bibliographies and links to many images. Consists of the Grove Dictionary of Art, Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms, the Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, and the Oxford Companion to Western Art. Formerly Grove Art Online. Limited to three simultaneous users.
"Explore thousands of artworks in the museum’s wide-ranging collection—from our world-renowned icons to lesser-known gems from every corner of the globe—as well as our books, writings, reference materials, and other resources."
The copyright status of items in the DPLA varies. Many items are in the public domain. For individual rights information about an item, please check the Rights field in the metadata or follow the link to the digital object on the content provider’s website for more information.
The Getty Search Gateway allows users to search across several of the Getty repositories, including the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Getty Conservation Institute, the Getty Foundation, and the Getty Research Institute. Images may be copyrighted. See "Getty Open Content Images" under the "Public Domain Image Collections" menu to search only public domain images.
American Memory is a multimedia web site of digitized historical documents, photographs, sound recordings, moving pictures, books, pamphlets, maps, and other resources from the Library of Congress’s vast holdings. Each American Memory collection is accompanied by a more specific copyright statement that links from its home page.
Millions of photographs from the LIFE photo archive, stretching from the 1750s to today. Most were never published and are now available for the first time through the joint work of LIFE and Google. For personal non-commercial use only.
Digitized materials from Loyola University New Orleans’ Special Collections and Archives are available in the LOUISiana Digital Library.
The LOUISiana Digital Library (LDL) is an online library of Louisiana institutions that provides over 144,000 digital materials. Its purpose is to make unique historical treasures from the Louisiana institution's archives, libraries, museums, and other repositories in the state electronically accessible to Louisiana residents and to students, resear
This webpage provides links to public domain digital images of many of those sites, including national parks, monuments, battlefields, historic sites and related areas. All images posted in this archive are free, and may be used without a copyright release from the National Park Service, but must not be used to imply NPS endorsement without permission.
NYPL Digital Gallery provides free and open access to over 800,000 images digitized from the The New York Public Library's vast collections. Some of the images in the Digital Gallery may be subject to third party rights such as copyright and/or rights of privacy/publicity. Before using any of these images please review the Library's Terms and Conditions.
The Smithsonian Institution Archives contributes collection images to the Flickr Commons where the Content is described as having “no known copyright restriction.” Content is available for personal and non-commercial educational uses consistent with the principles of fair use. If you decide to use the Content for commercial or other purposes without undertaking to clear all rights, you will be responsible if someone else owns the rights and the owner objects to your use.
Find government photos and images by topic. Some of these photos are in the public domain or U.S. government works and may be used without permission or fee. However, some images may be protected by license or copyright.
Photogrammar is a web-based platform for organizing, searching, and visualizing the 170,000 photographs from 1935 to 1945 created by the United States Farm Security Administration and Office of War Information (FSA-OWI).According to the Library of Congress: "Most photographs in this collection are considered to be in the public domain; however, labels on a few images indicate that they may be restricted. Privacy and publicity rights may also apply." More information is at the LoC website: http://www.loc.gov/rr/print/res/071_fsab.html
Convenient access to search services provided by other independent organizations for images with Creative Commons licenses. Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization that enables the sharing and use of creativity and knowledge through free legal tools. CC has no control over the results that are returned with this portal, so always verify that the work is actually under a CC license by following the link.
Associated Press Images offers a range of rights managed images commonly used by advertisers and publishers. They can be used for a limited time and limited use based on the licensing agreement. Rights Managed grants exclusive, time-limited, and geographic-specific use.
Online creative resource for advertisers, publishers, websites and other photo users looking for exceptional stock imagery, royalty-free photos, and microstock images. Royalty Free grants non-exclusive, unlimited use of an image.