Lansing Community College Library

Find images for a paper or presentation using one of the websites or databases below.

Before you use an image, check the usage rights. Some sites require that you ask permission to use images, while others do not as long as you use the images for educational purposes and give credit to the creator.

When you create a Powerpoint presentation, the Bing image search results have a Creative Commons license.

Web

Creative Commons
Search websites for images you can share, use, and remix. Creative Commons allows creators of works to release them into the public domain or license works by placing some restrictions on their use.

Google Advanced Image Search
Limit your Google image search to images that you can reuse.

Images that Reflect Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
List of repositories of free or openly licensed photos and images featuring people of color, trans, non-binary, indigenous, and other diverse population groups.

Pexels
All photos are free for any personal and commercial purpose.

Pixabay
Free images or videos that you can use anywhere.

Visual Hunt
Most photos available from this website have a CCO license.

freeimages
Contains quality stock photos by contributing members.

Image*After
Source for photographs and images from a wide range of disciplines.

Photos for Class
Photos appropriate for schools with built in citation tool.

Unsplash
Free, high resolution photos for commercial or non-commercial purposes.

PikWizard
Free stock photos for commercial and editorial use.

Research Databases

SIRS Issues Researcher
Use Advanced Search and limit your Source Type to Multimedia / Statistics to find images, videos, and statistics.

Visual Art

Artstor
A searchable collection of millions of works of art from all over the world.

Metropolitan Museum of Art
A searchable collection of artwork in the MMA believed to be in the public domain.

Oxford Art Online
Use the "Search for Images Only" search box to access art works.

Citation

Usage Rights

Public Domain - May be freely used without asking for copyright permission because they are not copyrighted.

Licensed - Are copyrighted, but may be free for limited use if you follow license requirements (for example, educational use, giving credit, etc.)

Royalty-Free - Require payment of a small fee to use the material for limited purposes.

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Library Contact

3rd Floor
Technology & Learning Center
400 N. Capitol Ave.
Lansing, MI 48933

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