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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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Catalogue displayLike most Learning Resource Centres (LRC) in colleges and university libraries we promote our services and material to our students using social media  through our WordPress blog and Twitter. Many of our students are new to social media so we are building up their digital literacy knowledge by using these tools to promote our services.

This week we read in the Wikiman blog about a handy tool the Student Guide to Social Media created by the libraries of the Universities of Leeds, Manchester and York. It’s under Creative Commons licence so you can share it with others. The tool explains what social media is and why the different tools are important and explains how you can use different social media tools. This will help our students understand what social media is and how they can get the most from different social media tools.


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