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MS/US Journalism: Royalty-Free Resources

Royalty-Free sounds

Royalty-Free Images

  • Flickr
    Be sure to select the Creative Commons option before searching! Use for photos or videos.
  • Wikimedia Commons
    Large collection of public domain and Creative Commons images, sounds, maps, and other media.
  • Pixabay
    Huge variety of public domain images. Warning: the first row of images in any search are sponsored results from Shutterstock and are not in the public domain.
  • The Morgue File
    "Free images for your inspiration, reference and use in your creative work, be it commercial or not!"
  • Creative Commons Search
    Portal for searching various sites for Creative Commons images, audio, video, and other media. Select a site to begin your search; your currently selected site will be highlighted in light blue.
  • Academic Search Premier
    Be sure to click on the "image quick view types" (bottom left of screen) before searching.
  • The Internet Archive
    A collection of images and sound
  • Library of Congress Collection
    Produced by the Library of Congress and mostly free. Be sure to check the copyright statement before using.
  • Archival Research Catalog
    National Archives Database of various governmental and historical images, videos, sound bites. Be sure to check each resource's copyright statement.
  • EveryStockPhoto
    Royalty-free image aggregator; pulls from a number of sources, including stock xchng and Flickr.
    " is the largest collection of free photographs on the Internet (link back and attribution required)."
  • Free Images
    The only drawback is you have to join this site first.
  • Google LIFE Photo Archive
    Images with copyright restrictions will have a note on the actual image.
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