The library has a selection of databases that provide online access to images:
Searching for images on the web?
Many image collections are freely available on the web. A good place to look is museum and gallery websites and libraries. Key examples include:
- National Library of Australia's Trove picture collection
- British Museum online collections
- Tate Gallery art collections
- Smithsonian Collections Search Center
- Getty Search Gateway
- VADS - provides access to images from hundreds of art and design collections across the UK, freely for non-commercial educational use.
Recommended tools for finding free images:
- Google Advanced Image Search
- Flickr Advanced Search
- Wikimedia Commons
- Find images by colour with TinEye Labs
- Pexels searches for thousands of free stock photos which are made available under a Creative Commons Zero (CC0) licence, giving you rights to edit and reuse images without providing author attribution.
Referencing and attribution
Most images (including most free images) must be referenced and correctly attributed. Creative Commons has some best practices for attribution.
QUT cite|write examples:
Making your own images freely available?
Applying a Creative Commons license to your work allows you to control how, and if, others can reuse it and adds requirements for attribution.