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Images: a guide to finding visual resources: Stock Images

Quick overview of searching for images in the databases Cornell University Library has built or licenses, as well as collections on the open web.

Free Stock Images

Fritillaria, from FlickrBe sure to check image licenses for information about how to credit images you find from free stock image providers. A great blog post with a variety of free stock image sites can be found here: http://bootstrapbay.com/blog/free-stock-photos/.

Fee-Based Stock Images

Stock image

What are stock images?

Stock images are pictures that designers use to illustrate publications. Generally, stock image providers require a per-image payment or a subscription, although some are free. Cornell University Library does not subscribe to stock photo services. But below, you'll find examples of fee-based and free stock image sources online.