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Copyright-Friendly and Copyright Free Images
Images on U.S. government websites are GENERALLY copyright free. Using Google Image Search, type your search term and then site:.gov, which will limit your results to government websites.
Example: Old Faithful site:.gov
There are some exceptions to this permission. See the How Copyright Applies to U.S. Government Works link below.
Additional sources of copyright friendly images:
Library of Congress Collections
Choose PHOTOS, PRINTS, DRAWINGS from the drop-down menu. Works by the U.S. government are not eligible for copyright protection.
NYPL Digital Gallery
Some of the images here may be subject to third party rights such as copyright and/or rights of privacy/publicity.
NOAA Photo Library
A collection that captures the work, observations, and studies that are carried on by NOAA's scientists and other personnel.
The latest images, videos and news from America's space agency.
National Park Service Digital Image Archives
Links to public domain digital images of many national parks, monuments, battlefields, historic sites and related areas.
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Images
A selection of digital still images from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
How do I cite an image that I want to use in a publication, presentation, or website?
Attribution differs from a full citation. When attributing a work, you will simply give credit to the copyright holder.
- Most U.S. Government images are within the public domain, and can be used without attribution.
- Many works available for sharing will have a Creative Commons license. The Creative Commons link with the image will provide citation details.
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Web Style Guide
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Publication Date: 2016
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