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Make a splash with Creative Commons Images

Posted on: November 21, 2014

Woman with camera

Woman with camera (Domenico 2014)

Finding images for projects and assignments that are not under strict copyright restrictions needn’t be a headache.

The ‘Unsplash‘ website has many Creative Commons Zero high-resolution photographs for anyone to download and reuse (even for commercial purposes). This means that as long as you cite the photograph then you can place it in your work. The creators have waived their rights to their photographs.

Unsplash’s online collection includes photographs of buildings, food, computers, forests and other natural places. It is not possible to search for images, but they are aimed at being able to illustrate lots of different topics or just add a touch of attractiveness. They add  10 new photographs every 10 days. It is nice not to be overwhelmed with images as with other image databases.

I came across the Unsplash site through Phil Bradley’s library blog which highlights loads of websites, great internet tools and apps that you might also be interested in.

Pears and Shields (2013) give an outline for how to cite photographs from the internet:

  • Photographer
  • Year of publication (in round brackets).
  • Title of photograph (in italics).
  • Available at: URL.
  • (Accessed/downloaded: date).

For example: Domenico, M. (2014) Untitled. Available at: https://unsplash.com/miadomenico (Accessed: 21 November 2014).

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