Graphics and Video Resources

To support faculty in utilizing media in their courses, we’ve curated numerous image and video resources.

Graphics/ Imagery

The following resources are free to use. Some require attribution, some do not. Each individual image will advise you of the copyright requirements.

WikiMedia Commons: Wikimedia Commons is a media file repository making available public domain and freely-licensed educational media content (images, sound and video clips) to everyone, in their own language.

Smithsonian Open Access: Millions of 2D and 3D digital items of museum objects, archives, and library materials, including images, audio, video, and blog posts.

Subject(s): All
Language(s): English

NC State Undergraduate Organic Chemistry Teaching Laboratories – S.M.A.R.T. Lab Videos: A series of short, Student-Made Audiovisuals Reinforcing Techniques

Subject(s): Organic Chemistry
Language(s): English

Public Health Image Library: Created by a Working Group at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the PHIL offers an organized, universal electronic gateway to CDC’s pictures.

Subject(s): Nursing, Biology, Health Sciences
Language(s): English

Cell Image Library: This Image Library is a repository for images and movies of cells from a variety of organisms. It demonstrates cellular architecture and functions with high quality images, videos, and animations.

Subject(s): Biology
Language(s): English

Art Images for College Teaching: The University of Michigan Library provides access to this collection of Art for educational and research purposes

Subject(s): Art
Language(s): English

Create your own image or graphic:

If you can’t find what you’re looking for, you can create your own! To create your own graphic or image:

If you’re interested in exploring PowerPoint for creating images, please review this helpful resource for some ideas.


Videos can be demonstrations, recorded PowerPoint presentations or “talking head” (which means it’s one person on camera talking). You can find videos available for you to use from the following sources:

JoVe: The library has acquired a new streaming video resource: JoVE Science Education. Faculty can access JoVE using their Banner ID and network password.

This streaming video library helps teach scientific fundamentals through video demonstrations. JoVE Science Education videos include subtitles in multiple languages. All content is licensed for educational use in the classroom and in DC Connect. The JoVE Video Library includes the following content, with additional Core Chemistry content in development for 2020 release:

  • Biology – Lab Manual, Core, Basic & Advanced modules
  • Physics
  • Chemistry – Basic & Lab Manual
  • Clinical Skills
  • Engineering
  • Environmental Studies
  • Psychology – Basic & Core Social Psychology

The JoVE Science Education User Guide will help you understand how to navigate the resource and integrate it into your teaching. There is also a useful guide to embedding JoVE videos in DC Connect.

Please reach out to your Subject Specialist Librarian for information about how to integrate this resource into your curriculum. Our team is always here to help you get the most out of Library resources.

Remember to watch and consider the video content thoroughly, not everyone is the expert they claim to be!

Can’t find what you’re looking for? Create your own!

Create your own videos:

You can create your own videos using your computer or phone. It can be that simple! The following resources will help you with step-by-step instructions to make your own videos.

Want to make a talking head video or capture a demonstration

Great for faculty introduction videos or demonstrating how to complete a skill.

Want to record a PowerPoint Presentation:

Using PowerPoint in Office 365 is an easy way to adapt the PowerPoints you have already created!

Want to create your own screen capture video:

Great for demonstrating how a computer program or tool works (for example, how to write computer code!)

Did you know you can record and upload videos directly within DC Connect? It's easy! Try a Video Note in DC Connect!

Remember student attention spans! Keep videos below ten-minutes

To keep the attention of your audience, try making your videos as concise and to the point as possible. When a long video cannot be avoided, think about breaking it up into smaller sections and have students complete an activity or discussion in between clips. Having a script or point form notes can be helpful to ensure the main goals of the video are covered, while keeping the length as short as possible

Remember, videos must have captions to be compliant with AODA. For more information on captions, please visit our live captioning page.



Google Arts & Culture: This collection of images and videos has a dedicated section of 360 videos. Subject areas include art, space, natural history, performances, fashion and location around the world.

YouTube Virtual Reality Channel: A channel featuring a variety of 360 videos that can be viewed on a computer or mobile device in VR mode.

AR Apps for Education: This resource compares augmented and virtual reality and includes 11 augmented reality apps with an application in education.

XR Applications for Experiential Learning: This is an extensive list of extended reality applications, categorized by subject.

The CTL has multimedia specialists here to help you, don’t be shy! Contact us for help