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The image databases listed here are some of the largest , highest-quality image databases available. All have extensive coverage of visual materials relevant to multiple disciplines. Read the sites' copyright information before attempting to download and use an image.
Art Images for College Teaching
Art and architecture images photographed by art historian and visual resources curator Allan Kohl.
British Library Images Online
Historic photographs, maps and other images from the British Library; search by keyword or browse historical events and movements, both fictional and historical.
Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Online Catalog (PPOC)
Library of Congress's photographic collections, including Brady-Handy presidential portraits, daguerreotypes, Farm Security Administration photographs, National Photo Company early 20th-century photos of D.C., and more.
LIFE photo archive
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.
New York Public Library (NYPL) Digital Gallery
Over 700,000 images digitized from primary sources and print rarities in the collections of The New York Public Library, including photographs, maps, manuscripts, and prints.
Images from the Smithsonian's museums and archives. Over 500,000 images of animals, arts, culture, plants, maps, and more.
Digital Public Library of America
"A discovery tool, or union catalog, for public domain and openly licensed content held by the United States' archives, libraries, museums, and other cultural heritage institutions."--Wikipedia. It has over 42 million (and counting) digitized images, audio and video files, and documents available for viewing to researchers in history and social and cultural studies.
Images must be cited like all other resources.The citation should be accessible in the context of the image's use (within a Powerpoint presentation, on a web page, in a paper, etc.).
Image citations should include the following information at a minimum:
- Creator name
- Repository information (museum, library, or other owning institution)
- Image source (database, website, book, postcard, vendor, etc.)
- Date accessed
Citations can be formatted according to the citation style you are using.
About Creative Commons
Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization that works "to increase the amount of creativity (cultural, educational, and scientific content) in “the commons” — the body of work that is available to the public for free and legal sharing, use, repurposing, and remixing." Creative Commons licenses provide a way for people to share their work and make it available for others to build on and reuse.
Enhanced search of Flickr & other online images. Use the limiters on the side to restrict images to Creative Commons.
Detailed descriptions about Creative Commons and CC licenses.
Historical and contemporary images contributed by participants. Millions of high-resolution images of art, architecture, design, people, historical events, diagrams, maps, and more.
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