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Cite Your Sources: Finding and Using Images

This page has lots of resources to help you create citations for your research assignments.

Using Images in a Presentation

Lightbulb by ColiN00B is licensed under Creative Commons CC0 


Photo by ColiN00B on Pixabay


Did you know that if you take an image from an internet search and use it in your school work, you might be stealing?

When using images, songs, and videos, it's important to use media that you have permission to reuse. And then insert an attribution (or credit) like in the photo above. See below for places to find media that is free to reuse.

Creative Commons and Royalty-Free Images

How to make attributions next to an image

If you use images, such as photographs or clipart, in your presentation, you should also credit the source of the image. Do not reproduce images without permission. See the box "Creative Commons and Royalty-Free Images" in this guide to find sources for images that are "public use".

Use the acronym TASL to remember how to attribute images:

T - Title/Description

A - Author or creator

S - Source & date (Name of the website the image is from)

L - License or location (Creative Commons license or URL)

For example...











"Satellites See Unprecedented Greenland Ice Sheet Surface Melt" by NASA Goddard Space Flight Center is licensed under CC by 2.0

Title: Satellites See Unprecedented Greenland Ice Sheet Surface Melt 
Author: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Source: Flickr (linked in title) 
License: CC by 2.0

Find Ethical Images in Google Images

1. Do an Internet search (examples below are from a Google and Bing search)

2. Click "Images"

3. Click "Tools" or "Filter" (depending on the search engine you're using)

4. Click "Usage Rights" or "License"

5. Click "Creative Commons licenses" or "Free to use.." or one of the other choices on Bing

Now you can select an image and use it freely.

Royalty-Free Music

Reverse Image Search

Did you find an image but you're not sure where it came from? Do a reverse image search. 

You can also do an image search, right click on any image, and choose the option to search the internet for that image.