Determining when it is and isn't ok to use an image without violating copyright laws can be tricky. Refer to the following links to help guide you in navigating the rules of copyright.
Listed below are some of the most popular image databases offered through or in conjunction with Cornell University. Click here to see an extensive list of all the image databases available within and outside of the university library.
Artstor is a searchable database of digital images and associated catalog data. The database provides high resolution images for instruction, study, and research in the arts and the humanities. It combines images from museums, exhibitions, artists' estates, scholarly collections, and other visual archives.
The database offers expanded image-sharing features (including presentation options), which Cornell community members may access or download for free.
Created by Flickr in conjunction with cultural heritage institutions throughout the world, the goals of the Flickr Commons are to show users "hidden treasures in the world's public photography archives, and secondly to show how your input and knowledge can help make these collections even richer."- Flickr.
Users are encouraged to participate in the Commons by helping to describe photographs through adding tags or leaving comments.
Bridgeman Education is the online educational image resource of The Bridgeman Art Library, which has over 40 years' experience of licensing images to the education sector. Our database is an invaluable research, teaching and learning tool; a unique archive of digital images sourced from the world’s leading museums, galleries, contemporary artists and private collections.
Hokusai Katsushika, 1760-1849, Japanese, print, woodcut.