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Research 101

Finding images

There are many resources for finding images for your project.

Exclamation Point IconNOTE: If this project is going anywhere but in a professor's desk drawer, you need to use public domain or open access images (most open access images these days are under a Creative Commons license), to avoid violating copyright law. You could also contact the copyright holder of the image and ask permission to use it.

Public Domain, Open Access and/or Creative Commons Image Databases

The New York Public Library collection of public domain images

The New York Public Library has over 180,000 digital images that you can use for free!

image of Bronx auction 1917










Google Images

Not all images on Google Images are Creative Commons licensed, but you can limit your search results to only images available under a Creative Commons license, as follows:

google image search box


Click on "Tools":

google image tools

Then click on "Usage Rights". If an image has been licensed for reuse, it means you can use it - giving permission for modification means you can also make changes to it. Giving permission for noncommercial use means that it can't be used in anything that is trying to make money.

google images usage rights