Have you ever needed an image for a presentation but weren’t able to find the right one? Here you will find a list of resources you can use to locate and download images for your lectures and presentations. Resources that include a significant proportion of Creative Commons imagery are identified by (CC). Several sites may contain their own usage terms.
These images are organized into four categories: Medical & Science, UCSF Brand & Culture, Creative Commons/Public Domain, and Stock Imagery.
Medical and Science Images
- Bassett Collection of Stereoscopic Images of Human Anatomy (CC)
- Cell Image Library (CC) see usage information for the Cell image Library.
- National Institute of General Medical Sciences Image Gallery - images available for educational use with attribution
- National Human Genome Research Institute Image Gallery - many public domain images, see usage information for the National Human Genome Research Institute Image Gallery.
- National Cancer Institute - many public domain images, see usage information for the National Cancer Institute.
- NIH Flickr site - many (CC) licensed images, see Flickr usage information
- CDC Public Health Image Library - many public domain images, see usage information for the CDC Public Health Image Library
- Somersault1824 - many high quality scientific illustrations (CC)
- UC San Diego Catalog of Clinical Images- images are available for educational purposes with proper attribution
- Cancer Imaging Archive - a large archive of images of cancer, see usage information for the Cancer Imaging Archive
- National Library of Medicine Open-i - searchable by reuse rights, see site
- Specimens - Flickr group of pathology specimens (CC) Flickr usage info
- American Society of Hematology Image Bank - restricted usage, see usage information for for the American Society of Hematology Image Bank
- DermNet - images usage requires filling out the written consent form
- Netter's Atlas of Human Anatomy - fees, very restricted rights. While on the UCSF network, Netters digital images can be accessed through the UCSF Library portal.
UCSF Brand and Culture
These sites will help you find UCSF brand-appropriate imagery of UCSF people and locations.
- UCSF Brand Identity- in depth information about the UCSF brand
- UCSF Assets WebDAM - requires login using MyAccess credentials. Must accept cookies. Click on 'Assets' link to browse & search for images including portraits, environment/landscape photos, general imagery, and logos.
- UCSF Flickr Group - find a variety of UCSF images, see Flickr usage information
- UCSF Library's Finding and Using Images Guide
- UCSF Historical Photos
- UC History Digital Archives
Creative Commons & Public Domain Images
Exploring these sites will involve broadening your search beyond just health- and medical-related images.
- Flickr- search by license, colors, pattern - searchable by reuse rights
- Flickr Commons - a subsite of Flickr focused on library image collections with many historical photos
- The Noun Project - a large archive of icons, (CC) and for purchase
- Pixabay – (CC) licensed for remixing and commercial use, see usage information, search by color
- Wikimedia Commons - a wide variety of public domain images, possibly useful for finding general medical images
- Free Images of People via World Images - an image database from California State University, may be useful for finding art-related medical imagery, see usage information
- Europeana - a database of imagery from collections in Europe, may be useful for finding historical medical imagery, searchable by reuse rights
- Google Images Search - use Search tools to search by Usage rights
If you are looking for a very specific type of image, and have a budget to work with, these sites are where you should start. All of these leading stock image sites have a selection of medical and scientific imagery available for purchase, with a variety of pricing tiers based on the user’s intended usage, and the quality desired.