Tip: Citing your images

Photography by Dave Nixen via Flickr
Photograph by Dave Nixen via Flickr

Many of you are using our course list of Image Resources and other resources to find free-to-use images for your Graphic Design Project. We do not require you to follow a particular style of citation, but the following information must be clearly included:

  1. where you found the image
  2. who created it or owns the copyright
  3. how you know you have the right to use it
  4. a direct link to the image and its license information

It’s recommended that you list the citation information at the end of your post. You can do this explained in writing, or in a list format.

You can include this information in a written explanation. For example, to describe the image above, I might write:

I found the image at the top of this post by searching “photographer sunset” on Flickr. It was taken by Dave Nixen in 2012 and is labeled with the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic license, which allows me to share and adapt the image as long as it’s attributed correctly and isn’t being used for commercial purposes.

Or, you can include this information in a list of citations. For example, I might describe the image above this way:

Image Citations
“Rough Water Shot” (waves image) by Dave Nixen, 2012. Shared on Flickr.com with the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic license. https://flic.kr/p/b8X77B

If you are using images you found with Google using the license search feature, you must click through and get the link for the image that confirms its free-to-use license.

You must click through to make sure the image page includes information verifying the license.
You must click through to make sure the image page includes information verifying the license.
We're in luck! This photo's page clearly shows that it's labeled at Public Domain and free to use.
We’re in luck! This photo’s page clearly shows that it’s labeled at Public Domain and free to use.

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