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Avoid Plagiarism: Using images

What is plagiarism and how to avoid it.


Reminder: Online Access

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Usage Rights of Images

Many images are subject to copyright too. When doing a Google Images search, refine your search results based on different types of usage rights.

Public Domain Images

A work in the public domain is not protected by intellectual property law. The public owns these works, not an individual author or artist. You can freely use a public domain work/image without obtaining permission.

Selected public domain image websites:

More readings about using public domain images/work:

Creative Commons Images

Creative Commons is a non-profit organization that "provides free, easy-to-use copyright licenses to make a simple and standardized way to give the public permission to share and use" an author's creative work with a Creative Commons license chosen by the author. Read the license of each image to decide. 

Selected Creative Commons platforms:

More readings about Creative Commons and its licenses: