Digital Media Sources

When browsing sources of media that  you can include in your own work, remember that just because you are able to download the media, that doesn’t necessarily mean it is free.  Even if it is free, it is likely that it requires attribution and/or a link to the source where you found it. Read carefully any attribution or other requirements before you download media, and before you use it in your own work.


Flickr: The Commons

Finding and using Medical Images on the Web:

Free, searchable online database of radiology images:
Includes over 48,000 images with captions and metadata as well as teaching files.  Images are organized by disease location, pathology category,  and patient profiles.

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) Image Gallery:
“…an online searchable database of photos and illustrations. Images found here are in the public domain; however, we ask that you not use this material to promote or endorse commercial products or services.”

Google Advanced Image Search page (includes filtering for usage rights):

Medical and Library Sources

The following sources include primarily images, but also links to other media.  Thanks to Barbara Renner for compiling and annotating the original version of this list.

Some of the resources identified on some of these sites (such as university library ones) are ones to which the university that created the site subscribes and pays for the license. In those cases, the links may not work for our students, although they should check in our databases because, in some cases, we do have access to these via our own subscriptions.

HEAL (Health Education Assets Library):

Medical Stock Sources (medical images, photographs, and videos (National Library of Medicine):

University of North Texas Health Sciences Center Library:

New York Medical College Health Sciences Library:

West Sussex Health Libraries (includes some non-US image banks):
This includes links to Public Health Image Library (PHIL) from CDC, images from NIH/NLM (National Library of Medicine) images from the history of medicine, Wellcome Trust image library, etc.

Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU):
This is a resource guide and includes clip art, in addition to photos and other images. It indicates which are free resources and which are fee-based.

Ohio State University Prior Health Sciences Library:
Resource guide indicates which are subscription databases, which are freely available, and which are provided by organizational databanks

University of Manitoba Health Sciences Libraries:
Images, clip art, video, and sound

UT Southwestern Medical Library Media Guide:

UVA Claude Moore Health Sciences Library:
includes link to David Rothman’s list of embeddable health information videos.

UNC Chapel Hill Sources

(Thanks to Barbara Renner for compiling and annotating this list.)

UNC-Chapel Hill Publication Services: University Images:

Some resources for photos and images for use in various UNC-Chapel Hill publications. Credits are required for these images; in addition, you should follow each site’s instructions concerning copyright and use. For clip art of official UNC-Chapel Hill symbols and logos, visit the UNC Licensing Office and look under “General Info – Logos.” VIA HSL website if off-campus and search “images” under “More Databases”
(direct link for database search:

UNC-Chapel Hill University Design Services Resources: Logos, PowerPoint templates with logos, links to helpful websites

UNC News Services Multimedia Library:
Search by landmark, person, etc – but works best with one word search terms.  See requirements in the “policies” section at the above link.

Music and Audio

Especially recommended is the Creative Commons Legal Music for Videos page at

Some other sources to consider include:


Internet Archive: Moving Image Archive:
“This library contains thousands of digital movies uploaded by Archive users which range from classic full-length films, to daily alternative news broadcasts, to cartoons and concerts. Many of these videos are available for free download.”

Public domain online stock video:


Sites that include multiple kinds of media:

Wikimedia Commons:

Merlot: Multimedia Education Resource for Learning and Online Teaching

Internet Archive:
According to their About page, the  purposes of the Internet Archive include “offering permanent access for researchers, historians, scholars, people with disabilities, and the general public to historical collections that exist in digital format … the Internet Archive includes textsaudio,moving images, and software as well as archived web pages in our collections, and is working to provide specialized services relating to training, education, or adaptive reading or information access needs of blind or other persons with disabilities.”


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