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JMU Licensed Image Resources
Most electronic resources available through the JMU Libraries are governed by license agreements between the University and publishers that limit use. See Usage Guidelines to confirm that you can use it for your specific project!
Description: Image database containing the Associated Press' current year's photo report and a selection of images dating from the 1500s, as well as charts, graphs, tables, and maps from their graphics portfolio. The archive contains 700,000 photos, most of which have been made since 1995. The International Photo Archive is a database featuring state, regional, and national photos from north America, as well as the best from the international photo report. The Euro/Asia Photo Archive is a database featuring regional photos from Europe and Asia, some with foreign language captions. Both of these databases, as well as the AP Graphics collection, are searchable.
Description: Access more than two million rights-cleared images from over 40 of the best collections in the world with Image Quest. Images are provided from such notable resources as Dorling Kindersley Images, Getty Images, the National Portrait Gallery of London, the National Geographic Society, Oxford Scientific, and other leading names. Teachers can use the images in their lesson plans and classroom activities while students can turn to the site as they work on homework assignments and school or course projects. This site is free of advertising and provides safe and fast access to high quality images on all topics and for all ages.
Description: Image database containing over 1 million images from art, architecture, music, anthropology, world history and more. Collections are made up of contributions from museums, libraries, artists' estates, photographers, and scholars from all over the world.
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Description: This digital image database offers rights-cleared, high-quality art images for class projects, art history and studio art programs, course Web sites, lectures, presentations, and research resources. The library presently consists of works from Europe, including ancient Greece and Rome; North America, including Pre-Columbian (Meso-American) art; Asia, including ancient Asia Minor; Africa, including ancient Egypt; South America; and Oceania. Photographs, prints, sculpture, paintings, decorative arts and objects, costume, jewelry, textiles, and architecture are included. This database is based on a previous collection known as AMICO.
Description: Credo provides full-text access to over 500 reference titles from a variety of publishers. You can also search reference titles by images, concepts, or reference types.
Description: Cross-collection search of digital images and videos from selected JMU Digital Collections including Art History, the Breeze, JMU Photography, Madison Art, and Online Video Collection.
Description: Includes detailed multi-layer graphics of all areas of the human body. Also includes animated graphical simulations of common muscle movements, information for patients with explanatory text. All movies/animations can be played using Windows Media player, QuickTime player or RealPlayer.
Other General Digital Image Resources
Description: Digitized collections of primary source materials at the Library of Congress on American history and culture, including documents, photographs, sound recordings, and motion pictures.
Description: Free and open online access to hundreds of thousands of digital images from primary and printed rarities in the collections of The New York Public Library, including illuminated manuscripts, historical maps, vintage posters, rare prints and photographs, illustrated books, printed ephemera, and more.
Description: Portal to photos, graphics, and multimedia from the U.S. Government covering a wide range of topics. Most are in the public domain and available for use without permission or fees.
Description: Collection of nearly 80,000 images depciting global content. Includes all areas of visual imagery with Creative Commons licenses. Images may be used for noncommercial use under certain conditions, such as attribution. Access provided by California State University.
Description: Collection contains over 10,000 online maps. The collection focuses on rare 18th and 19th century North and South America maps and other cartographic materials. Historic maps of the World, Europe, Asia and Africa are also represented. Images available for certain uses (such as attribution) under the Creative Commons license.
Description: All media in the gallery are intended for personal, educational, and nonprofit/non-commercial use only. You may freely use NSF-credited images and, at your discretion, credit NSF with a "Courtesy: National Science Foundation" notation.
Description: Collection with various media types including images and videos with licenses which allow reuse under certain conditions, such as attribution.
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