Finding images for your website, blogs and documents can be very time consuming and frustrating. Not only do your pictures need to be relevant but you also want to avoid the really cheesy images that are out there that don’t give your work that professional look. Now, there is always Microsoft Clipart for documents but those are used by lots of people and can give your documents a very generic look.
Here are the Top 5 sites I use to find images quickly and easily.
Wordsift is probably my number one go-to site when I am looking for images for my blog. It is an easy to use site that has one task: Finding relevant images with no fuss and no muss. I simply take the text that I have already written, paste it into the box and the site quickly pulls up keywords from your text. Simply click on one of the key words to see lists of images associated. Click on the picture you want and save it to your desktop. I use this site all the time. However, be aware of copyright and if you use an image, cite the source!
Check out Wordsift!
Behold is a free image finder that pulls pictures from flickr. The nice thing about this site is that you can specify that you want to find images that are free to use, which gets you around the whole copyright issue. The nice thing as well is that you know you are going to get some pretty unique images to use.
Check out Behold.com!
If you are an educator, this might be a nice site to check out. Pics4Learning is a copyright-?friendly image library for teachers and students. The Pics4Learning collection consists of thousands of images that have been donated by students, teachers, and amateur photographers. Unlike many Internet sites, permission has been granted for teachers and students to use all of the images donated to the Pics4Learning collection.
Check out Pics4Learning!
This is a search engine for free photos. These come from many sources and are license-specific. You can view a photo’s license by clicking on the license icon, below and left of the photos.
Check out Everystockphoto!
5) Historical Photos:
It is a bit of a niche market and you don’t use them often but sometimes you want something a little more from the past. There are two great sources of historical images you can use. Images Canada provides central search access to the thousands of images held on the websites of participating Canadian cultural institutions. Through Images Canada, you can find images of the Canadian events, people, places and things that make up our collective heritage. You can search across all collections from virtually every page on the site by typing in a keyword in the search box at the top right hand corner of each page.
For our American friends, try using the Library of Congress photo archive. Lots of great photos here and most of them are downloadable and free to use though I would still cite them.
Check out Images Canada and the Library of Congress!
Here is a bonus site for you because I am feeling in a very generous mood today!
Vi.sualize.us is like the delicious of images. Simply do a search for a topic and it will pull up images of that theme. Again you need to be careful of copyright and citing your images would only be the proper thing to do as well as asking for permission. You may also need to be careful of inappropriate images and themes within.
Check out vi.sualize.us!
Do you have any special places where you find great images? Let us know in the comments!