Academic Pathways to Excellence (APEX)

This guide is developed for students in the Academic Pathways to Excellence (APEX) Program. It is intended as a Library resource gateway to introduce you to the Wayne State University Library System, its services and resources.

Finding and Using Images

The perfect image can add a lot to a presentation.

It is important when using an image that it is cited properly.

Did you know that even if you cite an image, you may not be legally able to use it. Many images are copyrighted and/or not royalty free, and do not allow for sharing or reuse.

Creative Commons is a simple copyright license that people use to give public permission to share and use their creative work. 

Finding images with Creative Commons licenses

In Google Images, you can use the Search Tools-->Usage Rights at the top of your search results to filter to images that are available for reuse under Creative Commons.

In PowerPoint, you can use the Insert-->Online Pictures and select the Creative Commons only category to filter to images that are available for reuse.

Other sources for images with Creative Commons licenses

Citing Images

Citing Images

You should always cite images used in a presentation or reproduced in a report or a paper. In a presentation, put the citation at the bottom of the slide containing the image.

When using MLA Style 8th Ed. for citing images, you should try to include these core elements

  1. Author, Artist or Creator
  2. "Title of the item."
  3. Source (website) name,
  4. Publication or Created date  Formatted as DD MMM. YEAR (example:  18 Aug. 2015,) Use n.d. if there is no date.
  5. Location (URL/link.)
  6. Accessed DD MMM YEAR (example: Accessed 1 Oct. 2017.)

Examples of citing an image in MLA style (8th Ed.)

An image found using an internet search or photograph search site

Mike Boening Photography. "Douglas MacArthur Bridge - Belle Isle". Fotor.com, n.d. http://foter.com/ff/photo/7999839743/e9061b6683/. Accessed 6 Oct. 2017.

Note: Creative Commons images should also include the Photo Credit information provided on the website directly under the image in your presentation or paper, in addition to your citation in your references page.

An image found in an e-book (like the Images of America books)

Poremba, David Lee. "The 1886 Detroit Wolverines". Baseball In Detroit, 1998. Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing. p. 9. Images in America.

An image found on an organizational website (such as the Library of Congress)

Detroit Publishing Company. "Water parade, Belle Isle [Park], Detroit, Mich." Library of Congress, 1908. http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/det1994020592/PP/. Accessed 31 Oct. 2017.