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U.S. History: Progressive Era Group Project: Images and Videos

About Images and Video

It's so easy to find images on the internet, but that doesn't mean that you can freely use them without the permission of the creator / owner of the image, be it a photographer, an artist, a museum or other group, organization, or institution. Use the resources we provide below to find images you can freely use in your project. 

We recommend that you start your image search with the subscription database Britannica ImageQuest, which contains millions of images rights-cleared for non-commercial, educational use. 

Please note: primary sources including images are a reflection of the time and culture in which they were created and may contain language or other content that is considered offensive today.


Tips for Citing Images and Video in NoodleTools

If you're not sure about the usage rights of an image or if you have any other questions,

see Mr. Padgett, Ms. Taylor, or Mr. Previti
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Video Database

Find Images in Online Subscription Databases

Images in the following subscription databases may be used and must be cited. 

Find Images using Google

Google Images  On your search results page, click on Tools -- choose Usage Rights -- choose Creative Commons Licenses which allows reusers to distribute, remix, adapt, and build upon the material in any medium or format, so long as attribution is given to the creator.

Google Advanced Image Search On the advanced search page, scroll down to usage rights - choose Creative Commons Licenses which allows users to distribute, remix, adapt, and build upon the material in any medium or format, so long as attribution is given to the creator.

Political / Editorial Cartoons

American Cartoon Prints, 1800-1899 (from the Library of Congress)

Gilded Age Cartoons (from Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library and Museum)

Gilded Age Humor (a digital album of cover images of Puck, weekly humor magazine, on the Library of Congress Flickr account)

Politics in Graphic Detail: Exploring History through Political Cartoons (a digital history exhibit from the Historical Society of Pennsylvania that features political cartoons spanning American history from the colonial period through the Progressive Era.)

Wikimedia Commons  (Wikimedia Commons is a free media repository of over 58 million freely usable items)

Image Websites

Digital Public Library of America (more than 37 million free-to-use images, texts, videos and  sounds held within America’s libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural heritage institutions. Keyword search or explore Browse by Topic, Exhibitions, and Primary Source Sets in the top menu bar. Browse by time period within Primary Source Sets.)

Historical statistics of the United States: earliest times to the present [1970]. (This PDF of the print reference source contains tables of statistics on a range of topics such as population, migration, labor, and business enterprise from, the website of the U.S. Census Bureau)

Library of Congress: Prints and Photographs Online Catalog: Search by the subject/contents of the photograph/print and date for best results. If you start typing a date, a series of suggested dates and/or date ranges will pop up. If you need any help, please ask a Librarian!

Library of Congress Albums on Flickr

The New York Public Library Digital Images Collection (Be sure to check "Search only public domain materials" when you search this digital collection of 881,097 prints, photographs, maps, and more.)

The Opper Project: Lesson Plans  (A topically arranged collection of historic editorial cartoons covering more than 100 years of American history from The Ohio State University Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum. Cartoons are in the public domain unless otherwise noted.)

Public Domain Images from the National Archives  (This set features images from the U.S. National Archives that are believed to be in the public domain. As NARA explains: "The vast majority of digitized historical documents and photographs in ARC are in the public domain. Therefore, no written permission is required to use them. We would appreciate your crediting the National Archives and Records Administration as the original source. For the few that remain copyrighted, please read the instructions noted in the description for the digital image.)

Wikimedia Commons: United States by Century (Wikimedia Commons is a free media repository of over 58 million freely usable items)

Citing Images and Video in NoodleTools

NOTE: An image is cited on the slide upon which it appears rather than in the bibliography at the end of your project.

To cite an image , choose the option that best describes where you found it: 

  • Database = a Taft Subscription Database such as Britannica ImageQuest.
  • Website =  a website like Digital Public Library of America.
  • Print or In-Hand = a print book or reference source containing a chart, graph, or table.

Next you will choose the type of image you are citing. For instance, a cartoon or comic strip, map or chart, photo or illustration, or work of visual art.

  • To download an image, right click on the image and choose "Save image as". (On a MacBook, hold down Ctrl and click = right click) 
  • To get the permanent URL of the image for your citation, right click on the image and choose "Copy image address".


To cite an video clipchoose the option that best describes where you found it: 

  • Database = a Taft Subscription Database such as Classroom Video on Demand.
  • Website =  a website like YouTube.