Answered By: Research-Writing Studio ref desk Last Updated: Jan 14, 2016 Views: 30
There are many options for finding and using images for presentations or projects. However, it is a good idea to be mindful that almost all images are protected by copyright. Many uses of images within an educational setting fall under "fair use" and can be used without permission of the copyright holder. There are other situations where you are required to ask for or purchase permissions for specific images. When in doubt we are happy to consult with you about which images you might use for your projects and presentations.
Increasingly there are many images online that have been published with Creative Commons licences that make it easy for you to use in your projects. Check out Creative Commons to review the uses allowed and details of the various licenses available. Here are a few places to start:
- Search Creative Commons - Search Flickr, Google Images, Wikimedia Commons, Open Clip Art Library, and much more
- Getty Images This large commercial service permits many of their images to be used for free in blogs and social media
- British Library's Photostream The British Library has placed more than a million copyright-free illustrations from old books on Flickr
- Western Libraries Digital Collections - Find historic regional images and more
- WWU Photo Center - photos of campus