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Where to find images, pictures and graphics: Finding Images

Sites for finding medical images. Be aware of copyright if you're going to use images in presentations.

General information

There are millions of images available on the internet, and it's very easy to copy them and add them to your presentations and documents. But taking images without permission or payment can lead to serious copyright infringement issues.  Using the sites listed in this guide will help you find quality images that are already copyright cleared and ready for use.  The tabs above can help you find Medical Images, Mayo Clinic images, and General Images.


Public Domain: free of copyright restrictions.

Licensed resources: Resources for which Mayo library pays a fee for all Mayo employees and students to access a publisher's or vendor's online content-- for example, UpToDate is a licensed resource.

Royalty-free: refers to the right to use copyrighted material or intellectual property without paying royalities or license fees for each use or per volume sold, or some time period of use or sales.

Copyright Information

Copyright & Permissions: Make sure you check the copyright permissions of the images before you use them in your presentations or publications. Images found on the Web may be protected by copyright even when copyright statements or symbols are absent. The resources often include instructions from the copyright owner on how the material may be used and permissions obtained. It is a violation of Mayo Clinic policy to reuse or modify copyrighted material without obtaining appropriate permissions from the copyright owner.

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