Images for Research

We know that the image feature in Google is popular with students and teachers because it is so easy to use. But the truth is that most of the images found on Google are protected by copyright and require permission. Students need to be aware that giving credit is not the same as having permission to use an image. We recommend students and teachers try one of these “copyright friendly” sites instead. 

Creative Commons photos to share and use in projects.

Search morgueFile for free reference images. Yes, they're all completely free. 

DK Clip Art
Explore thousands of images from leading illustrated publisher Dorling Kindersley. Perfect for illustrating homework, school projects and generally being creative, you can browse the clip art by A-Z or by school subjects. DK holds the copyright but allows users to download, copy and display the images for your own personal, home and school use.

EduPic Graphical Resource
Educpic Graphical Resource is a teacher designed free image resource for educators and their students. 

Imagebase Free Photos
A searchable database of free stock images with full permission to use the photos without attribution. Most images are high resolution.

NASA Images
The most comprehensive compilation of NASA stills, film and video. Students may use the images for school projects as long as they credit NASA
Pics4Learning is a copyright-friendly image library for teachers and students. The Pics4Learning collection consists of thousands of images that have been donated by students, teachers, and amateur photographers. Unlike many Internet sites, permission has been granted for teachers and students to use all the images donated to the Pics4Learning collection.

Smithsonian Images
An amazing collection of photos on history and science. Students and teachers are may use these photos for personal and educational purposes. You must credit the Smithsonian and the photographer. See copyright section on the website for more detail on how these images may be used.