How to Locate Images for Educational Use:

Finding images may not be as easy as searching Google Images and using the first image that you find. Images are often subject to copyright restrictions, even if the image is being used for educational purposes. If you have any questions about the copyright status of an image on any web site, email the host of the web site for more information or permission to use that image. At Bryant, we provide access to several databases that provide access to images that you may use for educational purposes. There are also many museums, libraries, and archives that provide access to their images for educational use. We have provided links to many of these below.

Best Practices for Citing Sources in Presentations
Images should be cited in presentations for the same reasons that we cite other information types. This FAQ guide answers why you need to cite sources, how to cite sources in oral & visual presentations, and how to use images and other media types legally in a presentation.

Search Bryant Databases:

More than one million digital images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and sciences ... [more]
Access to ARTstor was made possible thanks to a gift from the Stempel Foundation
EBSCO DATABASES (all EBSCO databases available to Bryant)    
Search for images from the EBSCO databases-- photographs, maps & more ... ... [more]
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Images from World Book encyclopedia -- a great source for portraits or photos of famous people and places, maps, and more... ... [more]
Close this window World Book Advanced includes content from the World Book encyclopedia, as well as multimedia, e-books, and primary source databases. To limit your search to images, select the "Images" radio button below the search bar. To find primary source documents, click on the "Advanced Search" link. On the next page, select the "Uncheck All" checkbox under "What content do you want to search?" then select the "Primary Sources" checkbox. Enter relevant keywords in the box at the bottom, then click the blue "Search" button. Access to the World Book Advanced is available only in Rhode Island.
Close this window The World Book Advanced database includes a MLA citation at the bottom of most records.

Search for Stock Photography:

  • Unsplash
    Over 300,000 free (do whatever you want) high-resolution photos brought to you by the world’s most generous community of photographers. Login required.
  • Pixabay
    Copyright free images and videos released under Creative Commons CC0, which makes them safe to use without asking for permission or giving credit to the artist - even for commercial purposes.
  • Morguefile
    Community-based free photo site free to download and re-use

Search Free Image Web Databases:

Flickr: Advanced Search    
Search for images from amateur photographers, as well as popular libraries and museums that have contributed content. Use an "Advanced Search" in Flickr to limit your search to only search within Creative Commons-licensed content. An Advanced Search also enables you to search images by date and media type...
The Commons on Flickr    
Search or browse a sample of photograph collections from world-renowned archives and institutions, including the Library of Congress, NASA, the New York Public Library, the National Archives UK, & much more ...
Wikimedia Commons    
A database of over 11 million freely usable images, music & video files, including content from the National Archives and Records Administration ...


A few other notable institutions that host online image collections include:



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