Images You Can Use
for Educational Purposes
Santa Clara University Library has collected links and information on finding and using images for reports, presentations, and other educational purposes. This collection is by no means exhaustive and this guide is a work in progress.
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 and thus freely available to use, often it will say so and provide credit information.
If you are not sure if an image is public domain, 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.
An alternative to public domain images is to use images clearly marked with Creative Commons Licenses, which have varying levels of rights reserved. For more about Creative Commons, see Creative Commons Corporation.
Images, clockwise from upper left:
National Optical Astronomy Observatory/Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy/National Science Foundation: Inside the Eagle Nebula.
Library of Congress: Civil War, City Point, Virginia. Negro soldier guarding 12-pdr. Napoleon. (1857?)
Wikimedia Commons: President George W. Bush State of the Union 2003, U.S. House of Representatives, joint session of Congress.
Library of Congress, American Memory: Leonard Bernstein conducts.
An alternative to using images in the public domain, or claiming "fair use" of copyrighted images and video, is to use Creative Commons licensed images and videos.