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If you are planning on posting ANY image online that you did not create yourself, be sure to check the details of the license; even Creative Commons licenses sometimes have restrictions.

Hover over links below for more information.

Using Images Found Online

Digital images should be evaluated with the same scrutiny as web sites, online journal articles, and any other information you find online.

Cultural institutions such as museums and libraries, colleges, universities and some businesses sometimes provide the best quality images with the most accurate information.

If you found an image using Google Images, always click through to the original website and cite that. Google Images is NOT a cite-able source.

Some Terms You Should Know:

Resolution: Digital images are made up of hundreds of small dots called pixels (picture elements). The more pixels there are per inch (ppi) the higher the resolution and the better the image quality.

Popular Formats: 

  • JPEG (.jpg) allows files to be compressed to take up less space, so they are easily saved and moved by email, flashdrives, etc.
  • GIFs (Graphics Interchange Format, .gif) are widely used for graphics. 
  • TIFF (Tagged Image File Format, .tif) saves an uncompressed digital copy.
  • BMP is uncompressed Microsoft format.

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