Multimedia Resources for Research Projects

Multimedia Resources for Research Projects

These websites and online collections are ideal sources to find multimedia resources to enhance your projects. Make sure to cite your sources.


Britannica Image Quest – (through DCPL)

Access approximately three million rights-cleared images from over 50 of the best collections in the world. Great for using in a school presentation or poster.

Library of Congress – Prints and Photographs Online

The Prints and Photographs Online Catalog (PPOC) contains catalog records and digital images representing a rich cross-section of still pictures held by the Prints & Photographs Division and, in some cases, other units of the Library of Congress.

AP Images (through DCPL)

You will need a DCPL account to access this source. Looking for images to add to a school paper or presentation? Search the Associated Press Image which contains a history of the world in photographs from the 1840s to as recent as a minute ago.

New York Public Library Digital Gallery

NYPL Digital Gallery provides free and open access to over 800,000 images digitized from the The New York Public Library’s vast collections, including illuminated manuscripts, historical maps, vintage posters, rare prints, photographs and more.

George Eastman House Collections

George Eastman House’s Image Licensing provides access to the George Eastman collection for educational use and scholarly research, publishing, advertising and other projects.

David Rumsey Map Collection

The historical map collection has over 47,000 maps and images online. The collection focuses on rare 18th and 19th century North American and South American maps and other cartographic materials. Historic maps of the World, Europe, Asia, and Africa are also represented.

Getty Images (Free embedding, no downloads)

Getty Images offers the industry’s best and broadest collections of imagery and footage – including award-winning news, sport and entertainment content, plus rare and contemporary archival imagery. Recently the company has changed its policy to allow users to embed photos on separate websites. Click on the <> icon to receive an embed code to put on your website.

Stock Photos Other Copyright-free images

These resources are ideal for finding copyright-free images. They may not be ideal for searching for specific historical images, but they may be of use to find high quality images for a presentation.

Create Graphics


Create an account with your google account to design interesting graphics easily.

Google Drawing

In your google drive, use google drawing to easily create graphics to put in your google docs or elsewhere.


Library of Congress – National Jukebox

The Library of Congress presents the National Jukebox, which makes historical sound recordings available to the public free of charge. The Jukebox includes recordings from the extraordinary collections of the Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation and other contributing libraries and archives.

Stock and Copyright-free audio

Other Audio Creative Commons audio



Fedflix features the best movies of the United States Government, from training films to history, from our national parks to the U.S. Fire Academy and the Postal Inspectors, all of these fine flix are available for reuse without any restrictions whatsoever.

Other Sites for Creative Commons and stock video


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