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Work of art reproduced in Wikipedia (see below)

Schiele, Egon. Selbstporträt mit gesenktem Kopf.  1912.  Oil on panel.  Sammlung Leopold, Vienna.  Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 21 May 2005.  Web.  15 August 2013.  

Find images in the public domain

  • Copyright Friendly Image Resources
    From teacherlibrarianwiki: Most of the images in the linked collections include images with a variety of less restrictive licensing.
  • Finding and Using Public Domain Photographs
    Some of these resources have a mix of public domain and copyrighted photos. Make sure you check before using.
  • Public Domain Sherpa
    This page lists resources for high-quality public domain photographs
  • Open Clip Art
    This project aims to create an archive of clip art that can be used for free for any use.
  • Public Domain Films
  • LACMA Image Library
    LACMA Image Library, images of works in the public domain are now available at high resolution, free of charge, and without restriction. Images that are deemed “Protected Content” have restrictions. See
  • Image*After
    Image*After is a large online free photo collection. You can download and use any image or texture from our site and use it in your own work, either personal or commercial.

Rights finder tools

The following tools will help you answer such questions as:

  • Is this image in the public domain?
  • What are the copyrigt restrictions for this image?

Restricted licensing

Creative Commons Meta Search: You should always verify that the work you are re-using has a Creative Commmons license attached to it.

How to apply licensing filters and provide attribution:


Stock images

Stock images are usually found in commercial collections in which case the image can be purchased for a fee; however, there are many free collections as well.  Additional collections can be identified by searching normal search engines by subject, ie. engineering stock images.


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