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WRIT 2100: Delve Deeper: Research Methods in the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences: Open Web

Digital Collections

Image tools

TinEye Reverse Image Search

Submit an image to TinEye to find out where it came from, how it is being used, if modified versions of the image exist, or to find higher resolution versions.


Image search engine that locates high-resolution images with Creative Commons licenses for use in presentations, blogs, etc. Also retrieves stock photos.

Flickr - a large database of images

Many institutions participate in Flickr Commons, including Cornell

You may know Flickr as a public photo-sharing site with billions of images. In recent years, many archival image repositories (including the Cornell University Library) have begun sharing their copyright-free images via Flickr Commons, which has become a major image resource.

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons "provides free tools that let authors, scientists, artists, and educators easily mark their creative work with the freedoms they want it to carry." You can use CC to change your copyright terms from "All Rights Reserved" to "Some Rights Reserved."

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