ENGL 165 Introduction to World Myth

A collection of resources for assignments commonly seen in ENGL165 at Green River College.

Finding images

Searching for Images Online

Use the links in the tabs of this box to find images online in the sources listed below.

  • Limiting in Google Images
  • Flickr Creative Commons
  • Wikimedia Commons
  • Creative Commons Search
Need more info on when and how to cite?

Open the guides below to learn more about finding and using images, as well as more specifics on how to cite them.

 Screenshots of Google Images' logoGoogle Images is a great tool to see the work of many photographers. For your presentations, however, the images may not be high enough resolution to project well. It's possible to find useful images with introductory information, and you can even use the advanced settings to limit to works that are in the public domain

Limiting by Usage

The image below shows how you can use the built in Tools option in Google Images to limit to Creative Commons images. 

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Limit to Creative Commons images in Google using the Tools option

Flickr's The Commons

"The key goals of The Commons on Flickr are to firstly show you hidden treasures in the world's public photography archives, and secondly to show how your input and knowledge can help make these collections even richer."

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Flickr Creative Commons homepage

wikimedia logo

Wikimedia Commons contains, according to the site, "a collection of 58,396,226 freely usable media files to which anyone can contribute."Files include images, audio, video, animations, maps, and other multimedia. Users can choose from multiple images sizes when downloading, and each image is often accompanied by information about the work depicted as well as copyright information.

Image Source: "PNG logo with text" by Wikimedia Foundation is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0

Searching for Creative Commons Licensed Images

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Openverse search page

If you're searching for an image to republish (on a poster or in a paper, for example), you'll need to make sure you have the right to do so. Copyright holders can use a Creative Commons license to assign usage rules and let users like you know what can and can't be done with images. Use the Openverse (formerly Creative Commons CC) Search page to find licensed images that you can use for scholarly purposes.

  • As shown in the image below, there are easy to use filters that allow you more control over the types of licensed images you can search. You can also search Openverse for audio files.

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Websites for locating some subject-specific images

Images and copyright

Images and Fair Use

Images are intellectual property, too, and you need to give credit for them as you would textual information. Here are things to keep in mind when using images downloaded from the internet:
  • Always credit the source of your images.
  • Find out if the owner/creator of an image states how their image can be used, if possible.
  • Whenever possible, ask the copyright holder for permission and keep a record of this correspondence.
Under fair use guidelines, you may... 
  • Use images in course assignments such as a term paper, thesis or poster as per their degree fulfillment requirements.
  • Publicly display images incorporated in academic work when association with courses in which they are enrolled.
  • Retain work in personal portfolios for use in graduate school or employment applications, for example.
And you may not...
  • Publish images in any work in analog or digital form that do not have proper copyright clearance. When in doubt, consult the Four Factors of Fair Use.

Information above used with permission from the Colgate Visual Resources Library