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Images: Finding and Using Images for Research and Instruction: Home

A guide to finding images for classroom, Internet, publication, and presentation use, including links to sites with information about legal issues in using images.

Purpose of this Guide

This guide compiles resources for finding and using images.  It is not intended to be a comprehensive list of all sources for finding images, but rather a sample of BGSU resources and websites.

When you use an image you are responsible for learning the exact restrictions and permissions of that specific image. The Copyright and Citing Images page compiles some useful sites that explain various issues about copyright and images. 

The information in this guide is not meant to constitute legal advice.  The librarians who compiled this guide are not lawyers and can not answer questions about what is legal or illegal.  If you have questions about what is legal, you should consult an attorney. 

Library Databases

The following databases are available to BGSU faculty, staff, students, and walk-in users.

Free Search Engines

There's more to the web than Google. Try some of these other image search engines.

Creative Commons Image Sites

Creative Commons licenses give everyone from individual creators to large institutions a standardized way to grant the public permission to use their creative work under copyright law. From the re-user’s perspective, the presence of a Creative Commons license on a copyrighted work answers the question, “What can I do with this work?”

Below are some sources for images to use within your own projects. While most of these databases are meant to provide freely usable images, please check the exact licensing restrictions carefully.

Digital Image Collections

Guides to Finding and Using Images on the Web

These guides are not necessarily limited to public domain, unrestricted use images, but include useful information and further links.