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Image Research Guide

Use this guide to find various resources for your image research and scholarship in the visual arts. This guide includes image databases, open-access repositories, special topic resources, book recommendations, and helpful tools for navigating copyright a

Copyright Image Guide

Determining Fair Use
Using images may necessitate getting permission from the copyright holder or it may fall under Fair Use.

You can determine if your situation qualifies for Fair Use by applying each of these four factors:

  1. The purpose and character of the use.
  2. The nature of the copyrighted work. 
  3. The amount and substantiality of the portion.
  4. The effect of the use upon the potential market for the work.

Assessment Tools
The following are helpful assessment tools that can guide you to understand the best practices of copyright and fair use. 

A Google search can be a great way to find images, but many of these images are under copyright and should not be used freely. Before using images found through Google you should review the 6 Best Practices for Legally Using Google Images.