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Finding Images and Video: Stock Photos/Clip Art

Images and video collections related to various disciplines.

Stock Photos

Stock photos don't contain specific artworks, people, or places, but can help you tell a story. Using images in your presentation can help to keep your audience more engaged. Corbis and Getty are the two most well known stock photography sites, but you will need to license their images. The two most common types of licenses are royalty free and rights managed. Royalty free in this context does not mean that the image is free to use or in the public domain, but rather it is free of royalties (paying each time you use an image). This chart helps to explain liscense types. However, there are many sites that offer stock photos and clip art for free. Below are several examples. 

Everystockphoto: The advanced search allows you to limit your search by license type

Freedigitalphotos: "Genuinely free photos" with the option to buy higher resolution images

Gratisography: All images taken by Ryan McGuire of Bells Design, and free of copyright restrictions

IM Free: A curated collection of free resources, organized by categories 

Image*After: Public Domain images which can be searched or browsed by category

iStock: A product of Getty images. Users may purchase credits to obtain stock photos

Life of Pix: New pictures added weekly. Gallery is browsable by categories, such as beaches or construction

Little Visuals: Users may sign up to get seven new images sent to them each week. Can browse tags, but otherwise difficult to search

Picjumbo: A collection of photos browsable by category 

pixabay: Searchable and browsable public domain images made available by users across the globe

Snaopgraphic: Free stock photos captured by Thomas Mühl

SplitShire: A collection of free-to-use photos taken by web designer Daniel Nanescu

Stock.xchng: In the drop down menu that says "Restricted OK," be sure to select "NO" to find images that you can use

Superfamous Studios: Photographs are available under a Creative Commons 3.0 liscense, and are the work of Folkert Gorter

Unsplash: Ten new images are resleased every ten days. Users may subscribe to stay on top of new content

Clip Art Archive of royalty-free vector clipart in the public domain

PDclipart: Public Domain clipart in browseable categories

Getty Images



Getty Images offers an embed images program, allowing users to quickly share licensed content through blogs, websites, and social media.