Creative Commons is a non-profit organization that provides a framework to allow the reuse of creative work. Their widely recognized licenses allow creators to make their work easily reusable, with different levels of restrictions of their choice (for example, one may want to allow their work to be used for non-commercial purposes only).
You can use images that have a Creative Commons license, but it is important to understand the types of Creative Commons license that is applied to an image, and what restrictions, if any, there may be.
For a list of the different types of CC licenses and what you can and cannot do, see the Licenses and Examples page.
If you're considering applying a CC license to your own work, use the CC License Chooser tool.
Science, Industry and Business Library: General Collection , The New York Public Library. "Model X-1 - Runabout." The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1903 - 1916. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47de-0051-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99
Science, Industry and Business Library: General Collection , The New York Public Library. (1903 - 1916). Model X-1 - Runabout. Retrieved from http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47de-0051-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99
Chicago Turabian Format
Science, Industry and Business Library: General Collection , The New York Public Library. "Model X-1 - Runabout." New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed September 9, 2019. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47de-0051-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99
There are three situations for using images correctly in your project:
If an image you find has no apparent license or usage terms associated with it (for example, images on the New York Times website), you must assume it is under copyright and CANNOT BE USED WITHOUT PERMISSION of the copyright holder.
Using Google Image to find free-to-use images
Regardless of whether or not credit is required, it is best practice to credit or cite an image you use. You can do this by at least adding a caption to your image and ideally, also providing a citation in a list of references at the end of your work.
See the box to the left for examples of how to cite an image in a number of citation styles.
Conveniently, several of the websites listed above provide an HTML code or copy-and-paste text that you can embed under your image to properly credit it and provide the reader with a link to the original image. It's also best practice to add a link to the license, as shown below.
For more information about citing images and attribution, see the following resources:
Getty Images is a visual media company supplying millions of stock images, illustrations, photographs and videos. If your work is non-commercial, as it is in this class, you can use Getty Images free of charge with their Embed feature in a few simple steps: