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Finding Open Access Images: Overview

Finding Images

Finding images online and using them properly can be difficult.  This guide will give you access to different types of images which are available for public use, explain different types of licensing, and show you how to correctly attribute any images you may use. 

For more sources, explanations on properly citing images, and more information on copyright, refer to the Finding Images and Copyright Resources to Support Publishing and Teaching guides.

This guide is primarily concerned with finding open access images which are public domain, under creative commons licensing, or governmental works (which may have some restrictions for use).

Copyright and Fair Use

This humorous yet informative video by Eric Faden of Bucknell University explains (and comments on) copyright and fair use laws using clips from Disney movies. 

Ch. 1: Copyright definition

Ch. 2: What things can be copyrighted (2:50)

Ch. 3: Copyright duration and the public domain (3:45)

Ch. 4: Fair Use (6:20)

Ch. 5: Why use Disney cartoons? (8:10)

Links to Guides

Here are a few guides which may be useful in searching for images.  Not all of the images on these guides will be open access, so you will have to determine for yourself whether or not you can use the images on the linked sites for your specific purposes.

Questions? Contact:

Hannah Bennett
Head, Fisher Fine Arts Library
hbennett@upenn.edu

Patty Guardiola
Assistant Head, Fisher Fine Arts Library
pguar@upenn.edu


Rebecca Stuhr
Coordinator for Humanities Collections
stuhrreb@pobox.upenn.edu