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Using Images at University: Finding Images

A Guide for Undergraduate Students

Public Domain and Creative Commons

The listed resources offer image collections that fall into one of the following categories:

Google Image Search

Google Image search may bring you back thousands of related images but it can be difficult to wade through low quality or restricted images.

You can filter your search results by size, colour, format, and usage rights. Click "Search Tools" from the top of the image results screen to access these filter options.

When browsing through the resulting images use the option to "view page" to access the image from the original source. This will help in obtaining the correct licensing, attribution and citation information.

Institutional Collections

Many libraries, museums, and government organisations have image collections available for public use hosted on their websites or image sharing services such as Flickr.

Remember to always check the terms of use and license conditions.

Print Resources - Scanning Images

For the purposes of study and research, "Fair dealing" allows students the rights to copy portions of work, including images in certain circumstances. For more information on this please consult the Copyright for Students webpage.

Scanned images still require reference entries and attributions.

Your Own Photos

Before taking and using photographs in a university assessment you need to consider the issues associated with taking photographs of people, buildings and artwork. The Copyright Guide to Photography has some guidelines on photography in these circumstances.

Purchased Images

Stock image sites offer images for purchase. Always check a photo's license before using it to ensure you comply with any associated conditions or costs.

Most stock images will be offered under one of these two licenses:

  • Royalty Free (RF) - Customers pay a one–off fee to use the image. No restrictions on how they use it, or how long they use it for.
  • Rights Managed (RM) - e customer only pays for what they’re using the image for. RM licenses can define how, where, when or for how long an image is being used.

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