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Images: Finding and Using Images for Research and Instruction   Tags: copyright, images  

A guide to finding images for classroom, Internet, publication, and presentation use, including links to sites with information about legal issues in using images.
Last Updated: Mar 18, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Initiatives at BGSU

  • BGSU Digital Resource Commons
    "This repository was developed to collect, preserve, organize, share and distribute BGSU's digital collections."
  • OhioLINK Digital Resource Commons
    "The Ohio Digital Resource Commons (DRC) provides a robust, statewide platform for saving, discovering and sharing...the instructional, research, historic and creative materials produced by the University System of Ohio and Ohio's private colleges."
  • Centennial Memories
    A celebration of BGSU's Centennial Year, this archive has current and historical images and material for private and educational use.


This guide compiles resources for finding and using images.  It is not intended to be a comprehensive list of all sources for finding images, but rather a sample of BGSU databases and Internet sites.

The resources we have selected have a large number of images that are available for educational or research use without asking for permission. When you use an image you are responsible for learning the exact restrictions and permissions of that specific image. The Copyright and Citing Images page compiles some useful sites that explain various issues about copyright and images. 

The information in this guide is not meant to constitute legal advice.  The librarians who compiled this guide are not lawyers and can not answer questions about what is legal or illegal.  If you have questions about what is legal, you should consult an attorney. 

Non-BGSU Guides to Finding and Using Images

These guides are not necessarily limited to public domain, unrestricted use images, but include useful information and further links.


Guide contact information:

Carol Singer

Reference & Instruction Librarian
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Ed Weilant
Assistant Professor
Bibliographer & Instruction Librarian
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Jerome Library
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH 43403



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