Open-Source Images

Image Databases

Open-Source Image Sites

  • Creative Commons Search
    Not a search engine itself, but a gateway to collections featuring media using CC licenses (including Flickr, Google, YouTube, Wikimedia, Europeana and more).
  • Google Images
    • …but, more specifically, the hard to find Google Advanced Image Search.
    • Limit by usage rights at the very bottom of the screen.
    • Depending on the reliability of the sources that you’re finding, you might consider adding terms like digital, collection or archive to your search to target institutions like universities and museums.

User-Generated Images

  • Other paths to Flickr images
    • Compfight
      A search engine targeting Flickr images. After you search by keyword, you can limit your results to Creative Commons licensed photos.
    • Flickr Storm
      Make sure to click on advanced search to isolate Creative Commons license varieties.

Other Sources for free, open, or public domain images