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Images: citing image sources

resources for finding visual information (as opposed to text-based or language-based information) such as images and moving images.

Citation sites

Citation Managers

Track sources and format bibliographies.
Download citations from library catalogs and databases

Identifying images for re-use

Images posted openly on the web are not necessarily the public domain. 

To find reusable images:

  • Find images labeled for scholarly reuse via Google Image Search or Creative Commons 
  • Consider images created by the US government (.gov), which are generally, though not always, in the public domain

Use Creative Commons -- enter Search term under "Find Licensed Content"




Copyright laws for images : was initially registered as a domain name in 1998 by Lesley Ellen Harris.   It has since been a portal for copyright and licensing information for creators, owners, distributors, and consumers of copyright-protected materials.

Section 108 of the US Copyright Code:  Handy spinning wheel chart for libraries and archives regarding section 108 of the US Copyright code.

Subject Guide

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Rachel Beckwith


Nationaal Archief: A pair of spectacles especially designed for reading in bed. England, 1936.

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Why cite?

Give credit to the ideas, words, and works of others

Allow readers to find your sources

Avoid plagiarism