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What's the Big Deal? Finding Images

For all school projects, you should look for images that artists and photographers WANT to share--freely, without their permission. When using images from the sites below, double-check to make sure that the owners of the images are willing to share them freely--some may have minor restrictions.

Note: you still need to cite where you find these images!!

Reminder: Cite your images!

Even though you will be finding a copyright-free image for your blog post, you still need to cite it.  Use NoodleTools to cite images, just as you use it to cite articles. You should also include some kind of caption or explanation for why you chose your image.

Google Searches

We all know that many people think a Google search for images is the quickest and easiest search. Thers is nothing wrong with a Google image search HOWEVER don't just take the image from the search results. GO TO the home page of the image and ascertain if you are allowed to use it. Don't just assume you can use it just because it came up in the search results. The citation has to include info that is only found on the homepage anyway!

For many historical images that you might want to use on projects you are USUALLY clear to use them because they fall out of copyright. However, you always have to check. Many historical images can be found in the databases of historical archives like the National Archives, the Smithsonian, and the Library of Congress. These images will have to be searched through those institutions and might not necesarily even be found in a Google search.

#1 Way to Find Images

Search Britannica Image Quest.

#2 Way to Find Images

1. Go to main Google Images search page.

2. Search for your terms.

3. Click on the gear icon at the upper right corner of the page; select Advanced Search.

4. Scroll down and select “free to use, share, or modify."

**Always double-check the license details!**

Other Ways to Find Images


You are required to cite your articles and your images in your blog post.  Use NoodleTools to make sure your citation is complete and accurate.

Most of the articles you will use for this project will be news or magazine articles; make sure you choose the right citation type in NoodleTools.

Image Citation Example

Last Name, First Name. Title. Date Taken. Website. Sponsor of Website, Date Posted. Web.Date Accessed. <webaddress>.


Salvagnin, Domenico. Flowers. 30 July 2005. Flickr. Yahoo!, n.d. Web. 28 Feb. 2012. <>.