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WRIT 151: Writing Studio: Image Resources

This is an introduction to the way we find academic resources.

How to Use

The databases below all contain images that you can use for research in your courses. The Image Databases box contains images that are useful for researching specific artists, works of art, art history, contemporary art, and materials and surfaces. This page also contains links to Creative Commons images and Public Domain images. 

Stock Photos + Images in the Public Domain

Image Databases

Creative Commons Licenses

Creative Commons licenses allow creators to make a license that gives you the right to do different things with their creations.  Creative Commons allows you to do more with other people's work than copyright.

There are six different license types, but not all will be helpful for your work.  The four major elements are:

  1. Attribution (BY) - you must credit the creator of the work you are using
  2. ShareAlike (SA) - you must license your work under the same Creative Commons license if you use material from a SA license
  3. NoDerivs (ND) - you cannot change the material and it must presented whole in your work
  4. NonCommercial (NC) - you cannot use this material for commercial projects

The four elements combine to make the six license types.  The licenses that will be helpful for your projects are below (from most helpful to least helpful):

  1. Attribution - CC BY
  2. Attribution NonCommercial - CC BY NC
  3. Attribution ShareAlike - CC BY SA
  4. Attribution NonCommercial ShareAlike - CC BY NC SA

These two licenses aren't helpful for your projects since they don't allow you to make derivatives (i.e., remix their material into your project):

  1. Attribution NoDerivs - CC BY ND
  2. Attribution NonCommercial NoDervis - CC BY NC ND

To see more about the individual licenses, click the link below: