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The purpose of this guide is to highlight resources in Nursing, and to provide research guidance and tips.

Using Photos from the Web

Artists, photographers, and other media content creators have rights to their works, just like authors do to their articles and books. So you need to make sure that the images and pictures you search can be used both ethically and legally for your projects. This is called Public Domain images or works that are Creative Commons licensed. For more information visit the digital writing 101 blog.

How do you know?

  • The easiest way is to know if to search using a tool that limits your results to those you’re permitted to reuse, like Creative Commons and the other resources listed below by your awesome librarian.
    • The library resources tab below, you can find images you can reuse because the library pays for them.
    • The open access resources tab below, you can find images that are in the public domain.
  • It's your picture so you have dibs.
  • There is a Creative Commons watermark/logo -->  Creative Commons

When in doubt, assume full copyright and find another image.

Always cite the source, regardless of where you found it and who's it is.

APA Online Image Citation Examples


Baumel, A. (2010). Cholera treatment center in Haiti [Online image]. Retrieved October 2, 2010 from

No Author/Creator:

Flu epidemic [Online image]. (1919). Retrieved November 6, 2010 from

No Author/Creator or Title or Date:

[Untitled illustration of a sleeping dog]. Retrieved December 5, 2010 Retrieved from http://www.sleepinganimals/

List of Resources for Health-Related Finding Images

  1. Do a search for your topic on the Google Images homepage
  2. On the results page click the "Search Tools" button to reveal more options
  3. Select the license you want, most likely, "Labeled for noncommercial reuse“ OR "Labeled for reuse"