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Research 101

Finding images

Resources for Finding Images for Your Project

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If this project is going anywhere but in a professor's desk drawer or hard drive, you need to use public domain or open access images to avoid violating copyright law. Most open access images these days are under a Creative Commons license. You could also contact the copyright holder of the image and ask permission to use it.

Public Domain, Open Access and/or Creative Commons Image Databases

Google Images

Google Images & Creative Commons

Not all images on Google Images are Creative Commons licensed, but you can limit your search results to only images available under a Creative Commons license.

Step-by-Step Instructions

  1. Begin your search. Today we are entering "protest" into the search bar.
  2. First, select "Tools," which is located below the search bar.
  3. Next, select "Usage Rights." If an image has been licensed for reuse, it means you can use it. When an image has permission for modification, that means you can also make changes to it. Giving permission for noncommercial use means that it can't be used in anything that is trying to make money.
  4. Lastly, select the magnifier icon to conduct your search. You now have a collection of images to use for your project!
google image search box
Image 01: Screenshot of the Google Image search bar with protest entered.

google image tools
Image 02: Screenshot of the same search bar with Tools and Usage Rights encircled.

google images usage rights
Image 03: A final screenshot of the same search bar with the usage rights drop down menu opened and "Creative Commons licenses" and "Commercial & other licenses" encircled.

New York Public Library Image

Advert for the Bronx auction, 1917
Image 01: The Bronx Auction, 1917