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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
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.
A joint venture of Flickr and the Library of Congress, The Commons on Flickr is an easy-to-use interface that promotes access to publicly-held photography collections. Information on usage rights at https://www.flickr.com/commons/usage/
Unsplash is made up of a collective of photographers who offer their own high-resolution images for free. All photos on the site can be copied, modified and distributed. Information on usage rights at https://unsplash.com/license
Credo Reference provides access to a large number of encyclopedias, dictionaries, thesauri and other reference books. Subjects covered include art, biography, history, literature, music, religion, and science and technology.
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...
These sites have not been vetted for usage rights. Review each site's license terms.
Pinterest is a virtual pinboard. Pinterest allows you to organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web. You can browse boards created by other people to discover new things and get inspiration from people who share your interests.