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Sources for free images

Websites for free pictures for class projects

Q:   Why can't I just use a picture from Google images?

A:    Just because an image can be found though a Google Images search does not mean that the the person that created the artwork or took the photograph gave permission for you to use it.   The picture belongs to its creator and to follow the law and to be respectful, you can't use it without the creator's permission. 

Images that have a "creative commons" license and images that are in the "public domain" are images that the creator has given you permission to use.  The websites listed below all offer images that are in these categories and you can use in your school projects.  When you use an image, be sure to include a caption under the picture that gives the website where you found the picture.  


Morgue File

This is one of my favorite websites for free images.  It is a large database of easily searchable free images, covering a huge range of topics.


Phillip Martin Clip Art

Free cartoonish clip art created by artist Phillip Martin that can be used freely by teachers and students. Images for a variety of subjects and topics.


PD Clip Art

Searchable database of free clipart. Not incredibly extensive, but useful.


Pixabay Searchable high-quality photographs in lots of categories.  Beware that top row of results are not free; they are marked with "Shutterstock" on the image when you click on it.  The rest of the results are free to use.

Variety of drawings, clipart, and photos related to school subjects. Search function is not very useful, but browsing categories yields good results.


Image Base

Free high resolution photos. Limited to modern people and objects; not subject-specific



Very limited categories; mainly animals and nature. High quality photos


World Images

A bit confusing to search, but lots of primary source artifacts for ancient cultures


Animal Photos

Select from a list of animal categories, grouped by type. Only animals


Clip Pix

Photos grouped by subject area/category.  High quality photos, but limited selection in some categories.


Clip Art ETC Clip art/drawings grouped by subject area/category.  High quality, but limited selection in some categories.