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Images: Clip Art and Stock Photography

This is a guide to image collections found in library databases and other online sources.

Acadia National Park

Acadia's Shoreline

Looking north from the Otter Cliffs 

Photo Date: 2003 April 19

Photographer: Captain Albert E. Theberge, NOAA Corps (ret.)

NOAA Photo Library

Openly Licensed Clip Art and Stock Photography

Search Engines for Openly Licensed Images


 

Open Licenses


Creative Commons (CC) licenses give users of copyrighted works clear guidelines about what they can do with a work. 

The CC licenses are explained here: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/ (Scroll down on the page until you see the gray boxes with licenses.)

  • Example 1: CC-BY (Attribution). Any user can take the work and do what they wish with it as long as they attribute the original creator, and provide a link back to the original work.
  • Example 2: CC-BY-NC (Attribution + Non-Commercial). Any user can take the work and do what they wish with it as long as they 1) attribute the original creator, and provide a link back to the original work, and 2) are using it for non-commercial purposes.

For most educational purposes, you can use works with almost any CC license. 

 

Proper Attribution

Here is a photo. Following it are some examples of how people might attribute it.

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Ideal Attribution:

"Creative Commons 10th Birthday Celebration San Francisco" by tvol is licensed under CC BY 2.0
 

Because:

Title? "Creative Commons 10th Birthday Celebration San Francisco"

Author? "tvol" - linked to his profile page

Source? "Creative Commons 10th Birthday Celebration San Francisco" - linked to original Flickr page

License? "CC BY 2.0" - linked to license deed

 


"Pretty Good" Attribution:

Photo by tvol / CC BY

Because:

Title? Title is not noted (it should be) but at least the source is linked.
Author? "tvol"
Source? "Photo" - linked to original Flickr page
License? "CC BY" - linked to license deed
 
 

These examples are provided as "Best Practices for Attribution" by Creative Commons and are licensed under CC BY 4.0. More examples like the ones above can be found on the Creative Commons Wiki page.