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Tips and Lists:Andreas Vesalius. De Humani Corporis Fabrica: Skeleton from Back. 1514.

Chronicle of Higher Education blog: Find Free Images Quickly with Compfight. Guide to online service that helps you to search Flickr efficiently for Creative-Commons licensed photos.

Hey Jude: Learning in an Online World: Find Free Images Online. Links to many resources plus tips and advice on using images on the web.


Artstor Shared Shelf Commons. FREE open access collections, most from educational institutions. Covers a wide range of topics, including art, history, and science. Browse here by COLLECTION TITLE.

Artstor Shared Shelf Commons. FREE open access collections, most from educational institutions. Covers a wide range of topics, including art, history, and science. Browse here by TYPE OF COLLECTION.

Biodiversity Heritage Library: Project to identify and catalog natural history illustrations from digitized historical books. Sets of images from the project are available on Flickr: The Art of Life.

Bioimages: Biologically related images that may be used for personal and non-commercial use.
British Library Illustrations digitized from 17th, 18th, and 19th century books. On Flickr Commons for "anyone to reuse, remix, or repurpose." FREELY available.

Claude Moore Health Sciences Library at University of Virginia: Historical medical images. Images may be used for free with proper acknowledgement and copyright researched.   

Digital Images Collection Guide. Crowd-sourced collection of "exemplar image collections," curated by Scott Spicer and maintained on the ALA Connect website. Lots here!

Digital Library for the Decorative Arts and Material Culture: Emphasis on but not limited to early America. Image resources and digitized books, including botanical and zoological illustrations. Images may be used FREELY for educational purposes. For other uses, contact the University of Wisconsin Library.

Dreamstime Stock Photography: Royalty free images for purchase.

FotoSearch: Stock photography and footage  commercial site. Images must be purchased. Includes royalty-free images. 

Hagströmer Medico-Historical Library. Scientific and medical illustrations from historical books. Images are public domain and appear to be FREELY available for download.

HEAL: Health Education Assets Library. Collection of over 22,000 FREELY available digital materials for health sciences. Collection is housed at the University of Utah Willard J. Marriott Digital Library.
Historical Anatomies on the Web. From the U. S. National Library of Medicine. Images may be used for educational purposes.

ImageNet: "An image database organized according to the WorldNet hierarchy in which each node of the hierarchy is depicted by hundreds and thousands of images."

John Martin Rare Book Room Images: History of sciences images from the University of Iowa. Images available under a Creative Commons license for non-commercial purposes.

LIGHT: Beyond the Bulb: "an open-source international exhibition program that showcases the incredible variety of light-based science being researched today..." Images and captions may be used FREELY for educational purposes.

Medical Heritage Library. Collaborative effort among the world's leading medical libraries to digitize historical medical literature now in the public domain. Includes films as well as books, pamphlets, and more. FREELY available resource.

Microbe Library at the American Society for Microbiology. Images available under a Creative Commons license for non-commercial purposes.

NASA Images. Space, the final frontier! Images are FREE to use for educational or informational purposes, with acknowledgement.

National Geographic: Official magazine's site with spectacular photography of the natural world. Images appear to be downloadable.

NOAA Photo Library. National Weather Service Collection Catalog of Images. Most of the images are in the public domain and may be FREELY used with credit. Those with copyright restrictions will have a notice.

Project Noah. "A tool to explore and document wildlife and a platform to harness the power of citizen scientists everywhere." Images are posted by users for sharing with others.

Ptak Science Books: blog entry with clips from Medical and Public Health Films of the 1940s and 50s.

Public Domain Images Online. Compilation of FREELY available, public domain images from across the web, covering a wide range of subject areas.

The Public Domain Project. Thousands of media files that may be downloaded FREELY. Includes film, audio, still images and 3D models.

Science Photo Library. Images and Motion footage of medicine, astronomy, technology, environmental studies, botany, zoology and more. Images must be licensed from the company.

Smithsonian Institution Collections Online. Images may be used FREELY for non-commercial purposes. Includes works within the broad categories of Art & Design, History & Culture, and Science & Technology.

Tekniska Museet on Flickr. Images from the Museum of Technology in Stockholm.

U. S. Geological Survey Photographic Library. Archive of photographs dating back to the 1870s and taken by USGS scientists as part of their field studies. U.S. Government photos so in the public domain and FREE to use.

U. S. National Library of Medicine: Images from the History of Medicine. Images are FREE to use for educational purposes.

Virtual Astronomy Multimedia Project. Project "will enable access to, and vastly multiply the use use, astronomy image resources."

Wellcome Images: history of science images. Commercial vendor. Over 100,000 public domain images now FREELY available on site.

Wikimedia Commons. Freely available images, including such subject areas as engineering and the sciences. Licensing varies according to rights owner.

World Images: California State University IMAGE Project. Small size images available on the website. Larger sizes may be licensed. This link leads to their Science, Medicine and Mathematics page.