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Images: Finding and Citing


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Using Images

Using images in your paper or presentation can add visual interest as well as information..."a picture is worth a thousand words." However, some images may fall under copyright protection and it is up to you to determine whether or not your use of an image is "Fair Use," a legal term allowing you to avoid seeking permission to reproduce a copyrighted image. Most student use of images in an academic/educational setting for a paper or presentation will fall under Fair Use. *But remember that the image must still be cited with enough information to enable your reader to locate the original image.

Whether you find an image through a library database, Google Images, in a book, or anywhere else, be sure to cite it properly. By citing your source, you avoid plagiarism and give credit to the creator of the image or video you are using.

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Software Program (Word and PowerPoint) Clip Art

According to APA and MLA blogs/FAQs, clip art from a Microsoft Office product, such as Word or PowerPoint does not need an entry on the References or Works Cited page. The OWL at Purdue advice is as follows: If you are using the clip art simply to adorn your presentation, it does not need cited. However, if your presentation is specifically about clip art and the point is to discuss clip art, or if you want to be very thorough about citation, then put a note in-text after the image to specify which software package the clip art image came from:

Image from Microsoft Word 2016 (APA)  

Gray cat; PowerPoint, Microsoft Office Professional Plus, version 14.0.7184.5000, Microsoft, 2010. (MLA)

However, images from open and free clip art websites such as the links below should be cited by following the examples on the MLA and APA pages of this Research Guide.