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Find Images, Video, and Audio Resources

grid of four images representing a variety of graphics and photographyMany of the repositories listed here contain images that are in the public domain (not subject to copyright) and others have varying levels of permissions for use. We recommend that you check the terms of use on each website.

To read about copyright, fair use, the TEACH Act, and Creative Commons, see Intellectual Property and Copyright. Another helpful article is on the Social Media Examiner Website.

Guide to citing images properly: from UVM Libraries.


Searching Tip:
» Go to Google Image Search:
» To find a photo of a subject
  on a specific website include
  "site:" followed by the url
  and your search term, e.g.:
  Example 1. Lincoln
  Example 2. Jupiter

Free Image Editing Sites


General Collections

The following collections include artworks and photography, historical and contemporary, spanning topics from architecture and science to objects, people, and the natural world.

British Library [Flickr] Read about the collection here.

Creative Commons Search Page

Creative Commons
Encyclopedia of Life (Pool)
Then and Now (Pool)

NY Public Library Digital Collections

Stock Photography

U.S. Government Sources:
Library of Congress on Flickr
Smithsonian Digital Collections
National Archives and Records Administration Online Exhibits
Smithsonian Institution
U.S. Government image search page

Vintage Printable

WikiMedia Commons

Wikipedia Public Domain Images

Public Domain Sherpa

Agricultural and Natural Resources

Biodiversity Heritage Library [Flickr] Millions of nature illustrations

U.S. Government Sources
Bureau of Land Management [Flickr]
Department of Agriculture Gallery of Plant Images
Department of Agriculture Image Search Page
Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation
Fish and Wildlife Services Northeast Region [Flickr]
National Park Service
NOAA Photo Library

Art & Art History

The Athenaeum

Artstor Subject Guides
Artstor Permitted and Prohibited Uses

Getty Search Gateway: Open Content Program

Google Art Project

The Metropolitan Museum of Art Collection Online

Rijksmuseum's Rijks Studio Project


David Rumsey Historical Map Collection
Maps: Historical

The History Project: University of California, Davis

New Old Stock

NY Public Library Digital Collections

Shorpy Historic Photo Archive

U.S. Government Sources
Library of Congress: Digital Collections
Library of Congress: Flickr Photostream
Library of Congress: Prints and Photographs Online Catalog
Library of Congress: Free to Use and Reuse Sets
NIH Images from the History of Medicine National Archives Digital Photography Collections

UVM Landscape Change Program

Wellcome Images

WW1 Photos and documents: National Archive of the Netherlands


Bio-Image Search (Stanford)

Cell Image Library

Eye for Science [Flickr]

U.S. Government Resources
Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Portal to Graphics Libraries
Images from the History of Medicine
NASA Space related imagery
NASA Commons on Flickr and HubbleSite
NIH's Open-i Biomedical Image Search
National Marine Sanctuaries Media Library
NOAA Photo Library and Satellite Imagery

USGS Photographic Library

WikiMedia Commons

Wikipedia Public Domain Images

Miscellaneous Graphic Resources


Comic Book +

FOBO: From Old

Gapminder Data Visualization

Old Book Illustrations


If you are going to link to a video or audio file in a course, you will want to make sure that it is captioned or subtitled. Some of the sites below have captioning available on their videos. If they do not, you can use a web-based captioning application such as Amara.

General Video Collections

"A Knowledge Forum" with a wide range of videos and articles on the issues of today

Closer to Truth
Videos featuring leading scientists, philosophers, scholars, theologians and creative thinkers

Cosmo Learning
Videos on a wide variety of educational topics

Intelligent YouTube Channels
From Open Culture

EduTube: Thousands of educational videos (via youTube)

European Film Gateway
Portal to 100's of thousands of archives of historical film and ephemera

Internet Archive's Moving Images library
Repository of movies and video in the public domain

Kanopy and Other Streaming Video Services
UVM Libraries holds subscriptions to several providers of streaming video. To read about them, see the Research Guide on Streaming Video at UVM. This page on the library site explains more about Kanopy.

Library of Congress: Webcasts

Library of Congress: YouTube channel

National Jukebox
The Library of Congress collection of historical recordings

NOVA Education

Prelinger Archives

Princeton Media Central

RSA Events

Shakespeare at MIT, Global

The Smithsonian Channel

Snagfilms Documentaries


UVM Library Streaming Video Resources

WikiMedia Commons

Academic/Educational Video Sources

Academic Earth

MIT Audio/Video Lectures

Open Culture Audio Books

Open Culture Science Videos



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