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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.
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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.
ARTstor is now accessible on iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch.  Click here for more information.
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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.
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Access provided by VIVA, the Virtual Library of Virginia.
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.
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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. 3D Human Functional Anatomy, Speech Language Pathology, and Audiology modules are included in the JMU subscription.

Functions on iPad if users are signed into JMU Official Wireless or connected off campus with Pulse Secure.
Description: The Illustrated London News Historical Archive provides access to the entire run of the publication from 1842 to 2003. The world's first fully illustrated weekly newspaper, this resource includes color images and news articles in politics, social history, fashion, theatre, media, literature, advertising, and graphic design.

Art and Architecture

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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