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11th Grade Research: Finding & Using Images

Finding & Using Images

Use this guide to locate copyright-free images for projects, research, and presentations.

Image Databases

Always start your search with databases. Databases provide a citation for you, and have already cleared copyright protections.

This applies to any image you find in any FCHS-provided database

Image Websites

Several sites provide access to images that are either copyright-free or that have been made available for use under certain guidelines. Which ever site you use, you MUST create a citation.

Creative Commons gives you the ability to search multiple locations at once. You can even search for audio and video clips.

Pixabay is a another choice for finding Creative Commons images.  All users have waived their copyright rights. Be careful to NOT chose an image that is marked "Sponsored." These are ads and will have a watermark across the image.

Citing an Image

Google Images will NEVER be the image source. It is a search engine, just like regular Google. You need to follow the image to learn the website information.

Citation Format:

Author. "Title." Website or Source, Publisher, Date, URL. Accessed date. (Include all information you can find.)  

Use NoodleTools. Choose Website, Photo or Image (Born Digital), click "Image" when creating your citation, complete boxes with information you can find.  

Using Google Images

Google Images does not automatically check for copyright-free images. If you want to search Google Images, here is how to find images.

After you do your search:

Change "Usage rights"

This will change the results to pictures that will be free, not have a watermark, and can be used for educational purposes.