Image and Sound Resources

These sites have resources that are mainly Public Domain and Creative Commons Licensing. Read about copyright and usage restrictions at each site before using sounds and images in your work.

Image & Video Resources

Google Advanced Image Search:Google’s Advanced Image Search allows you to filter by file type, image size and usage rights.

American Memory Collection : Historical American images curated by the Library of Congress.

Flickr Commons: Royalty free photography organized and collected by Flickr users.

Free Images: Database of stock photography, updated regularly.  Credit Free Images in your bibliography.

Life Photo Archive: Google-hosted archive of historic Life magazine images.  Search tip: Add "source:life" to any Google image search and search only the LIFE photo archive. For example: computer source:life

Mazwai: Free high quality stock video clips, available for download. Credit the author in your bibliography.

Dareful: Free high quality stock video clips, available for download.


Sound Resources

Find Sounds: Easy resource for sound effects. No account required.

Free Loops: Samples and loops in a variety of formats and genres. No account required, but free member login does provide premium options.

Free Music Archives: Full archive of music in different genres, curated by a musician collective. No account required.

Jamendo Music: Database supported by Creative Commons. Tons of free resources, as well as some premium content for members.

National Jukebox: Free historical recordings curated by the Library of Congress.

Sound Jay: Straight forward resource for ambient sound and sound effects. No account required.

Dig CC Mixter: Musician-driven repository of background music, ambient sound and effects.  Looks to be regularly updated and requires no login.

Soundzabound:  Royalty-free sounds, music, and loops available for you to use in your presentations and videos.

Please see the library Blackboard page for a list of database usernames and passwords, or ask a Centreville librarian.