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Images - where to find


LINKS to 22 Websites with awesome FREE stock images

 From Joyce Valenza's Copyright Friendly wiki:


Other portals (some subject-specific)

Also of interest:


Please don't cheat

  • Is it really stealing?
  • Why should I care?
  • What does it look like?
  • What tools can I use?
  • How can I use my own brain?
  • Digital ethics

Citing Images

 Even when you are given permission to use the image you still need to cite it.


Cite this for me - images


FlickrStorm another Flickr search engine which returns more, related images 

FlickrStorm: better search for Flickr, including Creative Commons


  • Flickr/Library of Congress: The Commons: Goals--To increase access to publicly-held photography collections and to provide a way for the general public to contribute information and knowledge. (Check for licensing on individual images.)


Science images

Public Domain

Public Domain Images

Pulic Domain images are able to be freely used by anyone without first gaining permission.  is a website with a list of links to lots of other public domain and free websites.  It is set up with the headings:

  • Public Domain - Government
  • Public Domain - Non-Government
  • Copyright-Friendly

Other Public Domain images can be found at:

Seeking Permission

Sample - Permission request letters -

Australian images


Picture Australia

  • Galleries, archives, museums and libraries across Australia and overseas combine to provide access to over 1.8 million images.
  • Search great cultural institutions for Australian images.
  • See pictures of Australia’s past and present including: photographs, objects, maps and works of art.
  • Find more images on Trove.

All images from the Picture Australia website may be used for research or educational purposes, in accordance with the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth). If you intend to publish the images in print or online, other than as permitted by this Conditions of Use statement, you will need to get permission from the contributingagency