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Citing images using Creative Commons
When using images it is very important the image is licensed for viewers to copy and use elsewhere.
Images are copyrighted. The license sits on top of the copyright and tells you what restrictions the copyright holder (publisher, creator, owner) has placed on the use of the image.
Creative Commons (CC) licenses offer public use of otherwise copyrighted works. This is sometimes referred to as Open Access. There are large collection of images with CC licenses, such as FLICKR.
When you are using a Creative Commons image, you will need to attribute that image to the copyright holder. Here is an example of how to do that.
Sources for Creative Commons and Open Access images
Before using images, try to find the terms of service and make sure that you are free to use the image, and follow all the directions for attribution and use.
First put in your search term. Select IMAGES. On the right at the top select the FILTER icon. This opens a menu on the left; on the right select LICENSE.
Flickr now includes an option to mark media uploaded to the site as being in the Public Domain. Flickr maintains The Commons, which offers access to images no known copyright restrictions from over 70 institutions, most of them are governmental or cultural.
First search for your topic. Then select IMAGES from the bar at the top of the page. After the images appear, in the same line as IMAGES select TOOLS. The third option is IMAGE RIGHTS.
NASA's website offers access to many of their images, audio files, videos and other media, which are generally not copyrighted and freely available for use.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
As government images, almost all of the images in this collection are in the public domain, though the website states that you must credit NOAA if you use one of their images. They especially encourage educational use.
Commons Free Media Resources/Photography is the page on the Wikimedia Commons for finding public domain images.
U.S. Department of Agriculture Image Gallery
The United States Department of Agriculture maintains a database of images pertaining to their work and areas of purview. Because the images were mostly taken for the government, virtually all are in the public domain. Any images that are not in the public domain are marked as such.