Pictures are worth a thousand words

Copyright-Symbol_52Need to find pictures and images that you can use in a presentation or on a blog?

Believe it or not, most works fall under Copyright, which means that even if there is no copyright symbol or statement, the image is still covered under copyright.  Which also means you may not be able to legally use it in a context other than education (or “fair use.”)

For a guided overview of this topic, see our Copyright Research Guide.

Below are some quick links to sources you can use to find pictures:

Harvard Law School Guide to Finding Public Domain and Creative Commons Images:  This guide has a great list of all the places you can go to search for images that you can use that are in public domain.

Google Images Advanced Search: Use this search and choose Usage Rights toward the bottom of the page to find images that can be reused.

Creative Commons: This is “a nonprofit organization that enables the sharing and use of creativity and knowledge through free legal tools….and provide(s) a simple, standardized way to give the public permission to share and use…creative work.”

Getty Images:  Offers access to over 35 million photographs.

These 3 collections from the Library of Congress offer some great options for images:
American Memory
Print & Photographs

If you have questions regarding copyright and images, please contact the library for assistance.

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