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"Phenomenal Resources" Workshop

Information and resources shared in the Aug 23, 2011, faculty workshop co-sponsored by the PACE Center and the Newton Gresham Library on images can be found in the Great Resources You Can Legally Use guide.

Finding Photos Online

Further Resources Online


PAY ATTENTION to the creative common’s license that’s posted with the photo. You may be required to link back to the original item or you may only be allowed to use it in certain circumstances. Not all Creative Common Licenses are alike. And there are many photos on Flickr that have all rights reserved by the artist/photographer.

Other Free Image Collections

You are responsible for reading the terms of service and the copyright information provided by each and every website to ensure you are within legal limits to use the photos. In general, these photos are available for Fair Use, but you'll need to read their terms to discover whether or not you need to cite them and how to cite them.

Caveat utilitor

The copyright owner has exclusive rights to control reproduction, distribution, performance, & display of the work, and the preparation of derivative works.

Determining Copyright

From their site: “The Digital Image Rights Computator (DIRC) program is intended to assist the user in assessing the intellectual property status of a specific image documenting a work of art, a designed object, or a portion of the built environment. Understanding the presence or absence of rights in the various aspects of a given image will allow the user to make informed decisions regarding the intended educational uses of that image.”

Created by a team of librarians and consultants from University of Michigan-Dearborn, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis College of Art & Design, ARTstor, and others


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