Finding and Using Online Images – Creative Commons

Windwärts Energie GmbH / Photographer: Mark Mühlhaus/attenzione

Windwärts Energie GmbH / Photographer: Mark Mühlhaus/attenzione

A picture is worth a thousand words. Especially when you only have 5 minutes to make a compelling presentation. Using an image to support your point can be an effective way to cut down on the text of your Powerpoint. So where can you find good quality images that are free to use?

Finding non-copyrighted images can be challenging since in the United States when you take a picture, you automatically get the copyright to that photo. We are used to searching Google for everything, but not every image on Google is under a Creative Commons (CC) license. For presentations and other non-commercial projects, you will want to find images with a Creative Commons (CC) license, which means you can use the image without seeking permission. For Coursera lectures, you’ll need to find Creative Commons images that are licensed for commercial use.

Windwärts Energie GmbH / Photographer: Mark Mühlhaus/attenzione

Below are a couple of suggestions for finding images that are under a Creative Commons license. For a more complete overview of open access images, see the Penn Libraries’ Finding Open Access Images Research Guide. Even though an image is under CC, you will still want to attribute the photo to its creator.

Flickr, the online photo Continue reading