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Images - Finding & Using

This guide provides information on where to find images for your research and direction on the use of images for educational purposes.

Search Engines

Search engines are a quick, user-friendly way to begin an image search. They function like traditional keyword web searches, but also offer the opportunity to reverse image search. Reverse image search allows you to upload an image and search the same or similar images. This is useful if you are looking to find out more about an image, track where it has been published, find its source/origin, or if you're simply trying to find an image that is similar to one you already have. 

General

Below are links to many online digital image collections which cover a variety of subjects and themes. Note: Image and copyright permissions will vary across these resources, so it is important to read the image use guidelines or copyright policies on each site.

Art

Below are links to many online digital image collections which cover a variety of art related subjects and themes. Some websites offer downloadable information associated with the image (such as: title, maker, year, etc.). Note: Image and copyright permissions will vary across these resources, so it is important to read the image use guidelines or copyright policies on each site.

Architecture

Humanities & Social Sciences

Note: Image and copyright permissions will vary across these resources, so it is important to read the image use guidelines or copyright policies on each site.


Anthropology



Science

Note: Image and copyright permissions will vary across these resources, so it is important to read the image use guidelines or copyright policies on each site.

Business, Education and Engineering

Note: Image and copyright permissions will vary across these resources, so it is important to read the image use guidelines or copyright policies on each site.


Business

Education
  • Primary Sources for K-12 Educators 
    A guide for K-12 educators seeking digital primary sources to use in their classrooms, including a robust section on images.
  • Pics4Learning
    A "copyright-friendly" collection of images for use by teachers and students in education.

Engineering
  • The Earthquake Engineering Online Archive
    A database of significant, publicly-funded research and development literature, photographs, data, and software in earthquake, structural, and geotechnical engineering hosted by the National Information Service for Earthquake Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. Select "images" from the search for filter under the keyword search box.
  • Structurae [en]
    A database with images of bridges, buildings, portraits, and products relating to structural and civil engineering, developed and maintained by Nicolas Janberg, a structural and bridge engineer.
  • Mechanical Engineering Image Collection
    Images covering topics from railways to manufacturing, spanning the late 1800's to the late 1900's from the archives and historic book collection of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).