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General Image Resources
IMPORTANT: Use of images is subject to U.S. copyright law. If an image is copyrighted, you must ask permission--and often pay--to use it with an accompanying credit line. That's the law! If an image is in the public domain or is published with a Creative Commons license making it freely available to use, often it will say so and provide credit information.
If you are not sure if an image is public domain or Creative Commons, contact the person or entity responsible for the image and ask permission for one-time educational use with an accompanying credit line. For more on copyright, see U.S. Copyright Office FAQs.
Corbis Royalty-Free Photos
A well-known stock photography company, Corbis provides a royalty-free section of its products.
Flickr - Creative Commons
Search all of Flickr's contributed photos through the copyright-free filter of Creative Commons. There are four levels of copyright-free use; check which level suits your use.
Getty Images: Royalty-Free
Getty, a major commercial photo vendor, provides this royalty-free section of its stock photos.
Getty Museum Open Content Collection
Approximately 4,600 images from the J. Paul Getty Museum are available in high resolution for use without restriction. These include paintings, drawings, manuscripts, photographs, antiquities, sculpture, and decorative arts. The Getty will continue to add to this collection.
Google Images site:.gov
If you search Google Images, be sure to add site:.gov to your search term. All your results will be from government sites. Many government images are public-domain, but not all. Always check for use restrictions.
Library of Congress American Memory
"American Memory provides free and open access through the Internet to written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience."
From London's Wellcome Collections, free access to images that focus on medicine, but also cover human history and culture.
Associated with Wikipedia, Wikimedia Commons provides access to more than 11 million "freely usable media files."