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Finding Images Online: Copyright and "Fair Use"

How to find images in our databases and more broadly on the internet

A Better Understanding

Understanding Copyright and "Fair Use" can be a little confusing, but when you're looking for images to include in a paper, project, or presentation it's important to note how and why you can include them. 

Here are a few resources to help clarify things for you. You'll also see a lot about Creative Commons licensing when you're looking for images. These licenses make it easier for people to share their work and to access the work of others.

Creative Commons Licenses - Explained

Copyright and Fair Use Video

Images - Thinking About Copyright and Fair Use

MIT Libraries put together a straight-forward breakdown on understanding if and when you can use images that you find online. You can find that information here: MIT Libraries "Using Images" LibGuide.

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