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How to search for images to use in research papers and blog posts

When using another person’s image, be sure to provide credit to the original source. (Credit: Joanjoc)

When using another person’s image, be sure to provide credit to the original source. (Credit: Joanjoc)

Students who want to add images to their research papers and portfolio examples must be aware of the rules about copyright. When creating web-based content your image search will be easier now that Getty Images has made thousands of their photos available for free. You can even use the images when creating a blog post should you be so inclined. It’s important that students know the rules associated with taking images from the web and using them in their own work. Here’s the run-down on how things stand today.

Image search gets easier

Many students maintain a blog and website where they can promote their work. It’s always nice to have professional quality images to add to the sites’ appeal. In March 2014, Getty Images announced that it would make 35 million images available for free. There are a few conditions, however. The use of the image must be non-commercial and you have to embed the image with a special code. Read more