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Images: Finding, Using and Citing

Creative Commons Licenses

Search free images

  • Use DiscoverUR to find free images you can re-use.

To find open access images in DiscoverUR use the Available Online and the Open Access filters on the left-hand side column, but always check the rights on the source itself. Remember to Apply the filters. Free access is not equivalent to open access, true open access allows you to re-use the image under a Creative Commons License. An image can be freely accessible on the web, and still under full Copyright protection. Check Using Images for more information on Creative Commons Licenses.


  1. Add your keyword to the search box
  2. Select the apropiate option if you want to modify the image or use for commercial purposes
  3. Click Search




Free images in digital collections

Use the links below to find free images in digital collections and websites.

Copyrighted images for academic projects at University of Rochester

Most of the images in the collections below are copyrighted, but they can be used for educational purposes within the University of Rochester. They cannot be used for public consumption (websites, blogs, social media). Check the copyright information of each image before using.

Reverse image search

Do you need copyright information about an image? Do you have an image that you do not know where it came from? Upload your image to one of the applications below and do a Reverse Image Search.

Buying images

Depending on the image that you need, sometimes it might be easier just to buy a photo from a royalty-free stock-photo website. Royalty-free means you will have the right to use the picture without many restrictions based on just one-time payment to the licensor. Non royalty-free models, rights-managed for example, might require you to pay annual fees or a new payment every time you use the image.

Examples of websites where you can buy royalty-free images: