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Art and Design: Open Access Images

A basic research guide to Art and Design for Marshall University students.

Open Access Images

Open Access Images are free for you to use on the open internet.  You can use these images in multimedia projects for your classes, presentations, and artwork.  Not all Open Access Images are licensed the same way.  Always double-check the usage rights for any image that you plan on using, no matter the nature of your use. It is important to read usage information carefully, and comply with all  guidelines. Always cite your images.  If you have questions always Ask a Librarian


Open Access Images

Citing an Image

All public domain images must be cited.  Any image that you did not create must be cited in all cases. 

All image citations should include the following information regardless of citation style:

  • Title
  • Creator name
  • Repository information (museum, library, or other owning institution)
  • Image source (website, book, vendor, etc.)
  • Date accessed

It is also useful to include date, culture, and rights information, if known.

Citations vary depending on citation format used.