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Image Resources

This Library Research Guide is intended as a starting place for UCLA researchers, pointing to resources and strategies for finding and using image resources.

Creative Commons

Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization that enables the sharing and use of creativity and knowledge through free legal tools.

Free, easy-to-use copyright licenses provide a simple, standardized way to give the public permission to share and use your creative work — on conditions of your choice. CC licenses let you easily change your copyright terms from the default of “all rights reserved” to “some rights reserved.”

Creative Commons licenses are not an alternative to copyright. They work alongside copyright and enable you to modify your copyright terms to best suit your needs.


Searching for Creative Commons Images

Public Domain Image Sources

Also consider using images governed by Creative Commons or perhaps royalty-free images from Stock Image sources (see the selected list on the Online Image Collections tab).

Open Content

Although material may be copyrighted, more and more institutions are making their image collections freely available online. See: