Picture Perfect – Image Resources

You’ve completed the research, developed an outline, composed and practiced your speech. Now all that is left to do is create the visual aid.

Don’t let blurry, low-resolution images distract your audience or detract from your insightful  commentary. You can move beyond Google Image Search to find powerful, high-quality images that help emphasize and clarify. Find free images online with creative commons licenses or through licensed resources at Penn Libraries.

Wikimedia Commons

    • 11 million media files
    • No registration required
    • Licensing – GNU Free Documentation License, Creative Commons, public domain.


    • 350,000 image files, with tutorials for photo editing
    • Requires registration (free)
    • Licensing – varies
    • Nice advanced search option

Morgue File
Yoto Photo 

Don’t forget Penn Libraries’ image collections!

The Fisher Fine Arts Library Image Collection has a beautiful searchable selection of over 180,000 digital images.

Check out the library’s eresources for collections of general and special interest image including the AP Photo Archive (over 1 million photographs) and ARTstor (over half a million images of art, architecture and archaeology).

Another viable option…

Why not borrow a camera and create your own images? The Vitale Digital Media Lab in the Weigle Information Commons has two Nikon D3100 cameras and a Casio Exilim FH100 available for 3-day lending.

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