Imaging File Formats
The following resources have images that are more likely to be public domain
or have a copyright licenses that have reasonable restrictions. Please follow
the licensing rules in each page. (See the
Copyright page for more information
about copyright and how to obtain permission to use an image.)
- Create your own bullets, small icons, and flowing text at FlamingText.com.
Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD) Index
- The astronomy picture of the day has a wonderful photos and illustrations.
Work that is credited to a government organization (such as NASA) is usually
public domain. Work credited to individuals or non-government funded projects
most likely needs permission to use.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Central Library - Photo
- This site has photos of weather and just about everything to do with
weather observation, including photos of the equipment (including ships and
planes) used. The same notes as on the APOD site applies.
- Ditto.com bills itself as the premier visual search engine. It does have
lots of connections, but you still need to determine copyright restrictions.
Artswire.org links to public domain pictures
- Not all links lead to public domain pictures, so be aware of the copyright
Images in the Public Domain
- This site has images in the public domain as they are taken from a 1911
publication of Webster's Unabridged Dictionary.
- Animation Factory
- The animated GIF aficionado will love this site, but don't get carried
away by using lots of them on your web pages! It will drive your audience to
- The Icon Log
- If you like icons, this is the place to find them.
- The following links are to various part of the About.com site, either to the
Web Clip Art or Desktop Publishing Areas. Each of these provides more links to
collections that are likely to be free, not public domain, so still be
aware of potential copyright restrictions. This site is about three years old
so it does not necessarily have the best links.
Web Clip Art links
Free Clip Art and Photos Net Links - Desktop Publishing
Graphics Tips: Finding Clip Art & Photos
Graphics Tips Net Links - Desktop Publishing
Library of Congress
- Library of Congress Civil
- The Library of Congress has many Civil War pictures available for download
through their web site. These are all public domain as the copyright has expired.
- Library of Congress Prints
and Photographs On-line Catalog
- The Library of Congress has many other images available, and they can be accessed
through this on-line catalog. However, read the
section before browsing the pictures as you are still responsible for
determining copyright before using any images.
As with most Internet search engines, you will find a broad range of images.
You must check the copyright status for each image you wish to use.
- ArtCyclopedia: The Guide to Fine Art
on the Internet
- Lycos Multimedia Search Engine
- Google Image Search Engine
- Altavista Image Search
- U.S. County
- The University of Texas brings you maps drawn by the folks at the U.S.
- Internet Medieval
Sourcebook of Maps and Images
- The sourcebook contains just what it says it does. However, be aware of
copyright—some of the maps are copyrighted as they were recently created.
- Mark Harden's Artchive
- The Artchive can be confusing to navigate and you must check the copyright
information for images from 1927 on, but it does have a nice collection of
- Fine Arts Museum of San
Francisco Thinker Image Base
- Need fine art pictures? You can find pictures of the originals here.
- Images from
- This is a difficult site to read because of their choice of fonts and
mixture of languages, but if you need photos of the artwork of the Holy See,
this site can be very rewarding.
- The Getty Museum
- If you like their collections, you'll love their pictures.
- Pics for Learning
- Photographers, students, teachers, and others have donated their images so
that they may be used. The site advertises itself as "copyright friendly".
- Classroom Clipart
- These pictures have been donated, but the original copyrights are retained
by the author so you must follow their guidelines. In short, these are useable
on school projects or in student or school web pages. Beyond that, you will need
to contact the copyright owner for permission.
- Discovery School
Clip Art Gallery
- Royalty-free if you follow their requirements.
- Medieval Clip
- These are royalty free, but do acknowledge where you got them.
- Nobel Foundation Plant
- You need permission to use their images, but it's included here because they
seem to have photographs of most plants that you would find in Southwestern Oklahoma.