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.
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.
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.
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.
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’s Image Licensing provides access to the George Eastman collection for educational use and scholarly research, publishing, advertising and other projects.
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 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.
- Flickr Commons
- Wikimedia Commons
- Creative Commons Search
Create an account with your google account to design interesting graphics easily.
In your google drive, use google drawing to easily create graphics to put in your google docs or elsewhere.
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
- Custom Flickr Search for HD/CC Licensed Video
- Vimeo Channel for Public Domain Video
- Stock Footage For Free
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