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English 101: Freakonomics: Finding and Using Images

Image Editing Tools

  • Pixlr
    Free online image editor enables cropping, magic wand and basic photo effects.
  • Sumo Paint
    Free full-featured online photo editing / painting application for Windows or Macintosh operating systems. Flash Player required.

Fair Use

If your work is non-profit research or study, usage of some images might be allowed under Fair Use. However, you must still cite your sources and give credit as appropriate.

Free Image Sites

Most of these images can be used freely, especially for educational purposes. However, always double-check the usage rights for individual images.

  • Photo Pin
    Search millions of Creative Commons photos from Flickr and add them to your blog posts easily.
  • Compfight
    Image search engine tailored to efficiently locate images for blogs, comps, inspiration, and research. Can limit to Creative Commons.
  • Creative Commons Search
    Find content you can share, use and remix.
  • Getty Open Content
    Images now available for free download under the Getty's Open Content Program.
  • Calisphere
    University of California's free public gateway to a world of primary sources.
  • Google Images Advanced
    Filter by usage rights.
  • Wikimedia Commons
    A database of 20,793,792 freely usable media files to which anyone can contribute
  • Europeana
    Trusted source of cultural heritage brought to you by the Europeana Foundation and a large number of European cultural institutions.
  • Flickr Commons
    Increases access to publicly-held photography collections from many institutions.
  • The Public Domain Review
    Curated collections of images, books, audio and film, shining a light on curiosities and wonders from a wide range of online archives.

Citing Images

Images that you decide to use in a presentation, web site, or research paper must be cited according to the expected style (APA, MLA, etc.) Any images obtained from the web or scanned from a print source should be attributed to the owner of the copyrighted work.

The following elements may be required in the citation:

  • Artist's Name, if known
  • Title of Image
  • Title or description of image
  • Institution where held, if known.
  • Title of article or book (if applicable)
  • Author of article or book (if applicable)
  • Title and Date of magazine (if applicable)
  • Database name (if applicable)
  • Date of access if online or the publication if originally from print material
  • URL (if applicable)