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Images

A guide to help you locate, edit, and cite images.

Disclaimer

Images are easy to find on the web using Google Images. However, understanding how licenses, copyright and citation styles work for images may not be as straightforward. This is a basic guide to finding and using images. Use this information with care, make sure you understand your rights and responsibilities in relationship to specific images.

Best Bets for Free to Use Images: CC0 Available

Definitions 

Public Domain relates to copyright law, and indicates legal rights to the material have either expired or that the material was never eligible to be copyrighted. You are free to use and modify.

CC0 is a licensing terms, and indicates that the creator is granting permission for use and modification. CC0 is the gold-standard of "no-rights reserved," but other kinds of creative commons (CC) licenses are used across the internet, such as "CC BY" "CC BY-SA" etc. Some sites below may have unique terms.

Library Databases

Usage rights on licensed library databases vary.

ArtStor: Restricted to Parkland faculty, students and staff. Non-commercial educational use only. No modifications. More...

CARLI Digital Collections: Varies by source of image. Not many are CC0. See image description.

CREDO: Restricted to Parkland faculty, students and staff. Non-commercial educational use only. No modifications. More...

Web Sites

These sites have not been vetted for usage rights. Review each site's license terms.

Google Images

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