A couple of tips for using Google search

If you want to search for images that are safe to reuse without violating anyone’s copyright, use this page: http://images.google.com/advanced_search?hl=en&fg=1.  Be sure to check the appropriate field in the “usage rights” box.  The more well-known the object you’re searching for, the more likely you’ll find something.  In other words, searching for “US Capital Dome” will bring up some very nice images you can use.  But “Mercer University” will bring up far fewer and usually of lesser quality.  Often you’ll be asked to publish the name of the photographer or to link back to them.

If you have an image, maybe a photo of yourself, and you want to search the web to see if it’s being used anywhere, go to this page: http://www.google.com/insidesearch/features/images/searchbyimage.html.  When I’ve tried it, the search doesn’t come close to finding anything like what I’m looking for.  But, it will probably get better.

Flickr search links
Flickr also has thousands of images that you potentially could use for your site or presentation, depending on whether it’s a commercial endeavor or not: http://www.flickr.com/creativecommons. Cert IV Web blogspot also has created a search tool for Flicker that makes the process simpler: http://flickrcc.net. The Cert IV site has instructions on using this if you need them.  It’s fairly simple, just check the boxes that apply next to the “Find” button.