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How To: Find Sources

Use the tabs below to find information and links on finding different types of sources.

Copyright, Fair Use, and Images

Guidelines for Images

Free Image Sources

Free Stock and Public Images

  • Unsplash
    Unsplash grants an irrevocable, nonexclusive copyright license to download, copy, modify, distribute, perform, and use Unsplash photos for free, including for commercial purposes, without permission from or attributing the photographer or Unsplash. However, it is recommended that, for academic purposes, you cite the image according the citation style assigned.
    Free high-res stock images; public image archive for creative work
  • Freeimages
    Exchange for using and contributing free stock images.
  • Pexels
    Free stock images and video browse-able by color and collection.
  • Pixabay
    1.9+ million royalty-free stock images with the ability to discover images by category and color.
  • Raw Pixel
    Royalty-free stock images as well as high resolution public domain images available for creative reuse.
  • Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain Resources
  • Creative Commons Search
  • Getty Open Content
  • Vectezzy Photos, Videos, and Vectors

Free Images from Libraries, Museums, and Archives

Image source list adapted from one created by the Savanna College of Art and Design (SCAD)

Architecture Images

  • Asian Historical Architecture
    A photographic survey of Asia's architectural heritage with 34,000+ photos of 1,311 sites in 23 countries. Includes background information and virtual tours.
  • Library of Congress - Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS)
    Collection documents achievements in architecture, engineering, and landscape design in the United States and its territories through a comprehensive range of building types, engineering technologies, and landscapes
  • Sacred Destinations
    ​​​​​​​Guide to more than 1,250 sacred sites, holy places, pilgrimage destinations, religious architecture and sacred art in over 60 countries around the world. In addition to richly illustrated articles, there are photo galleries containing over 24,000 high-quality images

Image source list adapted from one created by the Savanna College of Art and Design (SCAD)