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Images, Video & More in Research

Help with Images

  • Questions about finding or using images in your research? Ask your professor or a librarian.
  • Need to edit an image? Find a public computer lab on campus with software such as Adobe Creative Suite. You can also use free web-based photo editing tools,  such as Pixlr or Canva.

Finding Images on the Web

In the Library Online Collections

Digital Collections of Images on the Web

Stock Image Collections

Creative Commons

Search for images that are available to be shared and reused:

Creative Commons is a nonprofit corporation dedicated to making it easier for people to share and build upon the work of others, consistent with the rules of copyright.

Most advanced searches on sites such as Google Images and Flickr allow you to refine your search to only images that have the Creative Commons license. 

Can I Use That Picture?

Common Questions

1.  I'm using an image in my paper. Do I need to cite it?

You should cite images the same way you cite words from an article or book you read. Each of our Citation Guides contain basic information about citing images and media.

2.  I got an image off the Internet that I'm using in my paper. That's legal, right?

If you want to use an image in a paper or project, make sure it's legal. Fair Use can cover use of images within the confines of the classroom, but be aware that if you wish to use an image beyond the classroom (e.g. commercial use or publication) you often will need permission. For risk-free image usage, try acquiring images with a Creative Commons license, but be away that even Creative Commons licensed-items have different types of licenses, some that require various types of uses or attribution.

Newbold, Curtis. Can I Use that Picture?. 2014. The Visual Communication Guy. Web. Accessed December 1, 2014.

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