It is best practice to find credible images in collections that allow you to use their images; this means they have licenses that allow their use.
The library does have some image resources listed under Multimedia on the library homepage. Keep in mind, that even with library image resources, you need to make sure you have permission to use the images and you always need to cite when you use anything from in the online library.
There are many Creative Commons cites that allow you to do this. Some examples of sites like this:
- FLICKR Creative Commons https://www.flickr.com/creativecommons/
- USA Government Images (are usually in public domain which means you have permission to use them) https://search.usa.gov/search/images?affiliate=usagov&query=
- Wikimedia Commons https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Main_Page
- Pixabay https://pixabay.com/
- Unsplash https://unsplash.com/
Many of you are probably used to using Google to search for images. One very important thing that you want to keep in mind when doing this is that Google Image Search is just a search, it is not the website that the image is on and it is not the original home of that image. To find the actual source of that image, which is what you need to cite if you use it, you need to click on the image in Google Image Search and then click the “Visit Page” button on the right side of the image.
This is the original source for this image. I need to use this URL address as my retrieved from link in my citation. I also need to make sure this site gives permission to use this image.
This can get a bit complicated, so you can see why it is often much easier to use one of the creative commons image sites that already gives you permission and information to cite is fairly easy to locate. Either way, always cite the original source, if you are able to find it.
How to cite images in your assignment and resources list:
On the library website, we link to citation style guides that will give you all of the information on how to cite many types of resources. Direct links are below.
- I highly recommend this guide that our library links to on our Citing Your Sources page. This will explain how to cite your images as well as charts, graphs, maps or tables. Seneca Libraries: APA Citation Guide: Images, Charts, Graphs, Maps & Tables http://seneca.libguides.com/c.php?g=20762&p=160697
- Here is another guide from Simon Fraser University, that can be helpful for citing images in APA: http://www.lib.sfu.ca/help/research-assistance/format-type/online-images/citing#citing-images-in-apa
- This page from EasyBib quickly shows you the difference between citing an image in print in contrast to citing an image you found online: http://www.easybib.com/guides/citation-guides/apa-format/how-to-cite-a-photo-digital-image-apa/
- I highly recommend this guide that our library links to on our Citing Your Sources page. This will explain how to cite your images as well as charts, graphs, maps or tables. Seneca Libraries: MLA Citation Guide (MLA 8th Edition): Images, Charts, Graphs, Maps & Tables http://seneca.libguides.com/c.php?g=498632&p=3414036
- Here is another guide from Simon Fraser University, that can be helpful for citing images in MLA: http://www.lib.sfu.ca/help/research-assistance/format-type/online-images/citing#citing-images-in-mla
- Here is another guide, from Colgate Visual Resources Library, on citing images in MLA: https://sites.google.com/a/colgate.edu/colgatevr/citing-images/citing-images-mla