Image Search Engines

Although you can find icons and clip art with the all-purpose image search engines, these image types all have their own specialized engines, which is why I put them in their own category. Please keep in mind that most materials that you will find with these search tools are copyright protected, and that you should ask for permission before you use them.

Image Search Engines

Flickr advanced search:



US Govt Photos and Images searches a subset of US Govt photos. Gimp stands for GNU Image Manipulation Program a freely distributed piece of software for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. It works on many operating systems, in many languages. (more...)

PicFindr "searches the web for stock photos that are completely free to use commercially.  It is a web app that helps you search several stock image, public domain and photo ommunity sites simultaneously." According to their web site, picsearch "has a relevancy unrivalled on the web due to it's patent-pending indexing algorithms. Also, Picsearch has a family friendliness that allows children to surf in safety as all offensive material is filtered out by our advanced filtering systems."

TinEye Reverse Image Search

Every Stock Photo Searches multiple sites for free photos

Icon/Clip Art Search Tools

Clip Art Review List of photo resources. (Some are already listed in the bank)

The Icon Browser (In Knight (1998) Also referred to in Media Builder. MetaLab, University of North Carolina

Iconfinder Monthly rates to use Clip Art Searcher In Knight (1998) Includes Answers, Hotbot, Lycos, Filez, 1-Click (some of these also search for images and sounds) Enter the word for the image that you want and add gif or jpg extensions and then do your search.

More Specialized, Subject Area Engines

Artcyclopedia "The fine art search engine."

Public Health Image Library "PHIL is an extensive collection of still images, image sets, and multimedia files related to public health." Most of the images in the collection are in the public domain and are thus free of any copyright restrictions, but see the PHIL site for conditions of use.
Permission must be obtained for non-public domain images

You are responsible for obeying copyright laws and any conditions stated on the sites that you access.