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Images: Search Engines

The purpose of this guide is to help you easily locate photographs, charts, diagrams, videos, and other medical images on the Web.

Can I Use that Picture?

Stock Photos

Stock photographs are licensed for a specific use, such as creative or commercial work.  Licenses, which can be purchased from a vendor, allow you to legally use stock photos.  There are many online vendors from which you can purchase stock photos, such as:


Reference to commercial websites does not represent an endorsement of these products or companies by Duke University Medical Center Library.

Duke University cannot be responsible for the quality of products and services provided by outside commercial entities.

Search Engines & Image Libraries

Warning about Usage: Search Engines and Image Libraries can help you find images, but that does not make them yours to crop, edit and Photoshop.  Many images are copyrighted and for personal use only.  Some are shared with limited creative commons licenses and some rights reserved. Some search engines, such as Google, allow you to filter results by usage rights.

Always read copyright policies to determine whether a Website allows downloading/ use of its images.