Image Search Engines

Image search engines let you search selected image sites on the Web, e.g., the Amazing Picture Machine, or their own databases of images, e.g., Corbis.

  • Amazing Picture Machine (North Central Regional Technology in Education Consortium)
  • (collection of historic and contemporary art reproductions and posters for sale)
  • Corbis (Bill Gates: best used with Internet Explorer: 1.6 million images online: Bettlemann Archive, UPI, National Gallery, etc.; for sale)
  • Fotosearch (photographs for sale)
  • flickr
  • NYPL Digital Gallery (New York Public Library)
  • New York Public Library Picture Collection (by subject)
  • VADS: the online resource for visual arts ( Visual Arts Data Service, University College for the Creative Arts, Farnham, UK)
  • Wikimedia Commons
  • WorldImage. California State University. “The internationally recognized WorldImages database provides access to the California State University IMAGE Project. It has just been selected by the Library of Congress for inclusion in its historic collection of Internet materials. It contains approximately 80,000 images, is global in coverage and includes all areas of visual imagery. WorldImages is accessible anywhere and its images may be freely used for non-profit educational purposes. The images can be located using many search techniques, and for convenience they are organized into over 800 portfolios which are then organized into subject groupings.” Portfolio List.

Using Article Databases to Find Images

Note: Advance Search: limit to documents with images (some images unavailable)

Agricola (National Agricultural Library: Image Gallery. Also, browse a subject for more image sites)

EBSCOhost includes the following (most of the images are charts, graphs, figures, etc.):

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