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Finding Copyright-Free Images: Image Citation

This guide will help you to identify and use images that are not subject to copyright.

Citing Images

Images must be cited like all other resources. If you use an image you did not create, you must provide a citation. Images should be cited in all cases, even if the image is very small, or in the public domain. The citation should be accessible in the context of the image's use (within a Powerpoint presentation, on a web page, in a paper, etc.).

Image citations should include the following information at a minimum:

  • Title
  • Creator name
  • Repository information (museum, library, or other owning institution)
  • Image source (database, website, book, postcard, vendor, etc.)
  • Date accessed

It is also useful to include date, culture, and rights information, if known.

Citations can be formatted according to the citation style you are using.

Nadar [Gaspard Félix Tournachon], Felix Nadar in the Gondola of a Balloon, ca. 1863, J. Paul Getty Museum

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