As with textual material, images are likely to be subject to copyright in their own right. This includes photographs, diagrams and other illustrations, whether from printed sources, or online sources like the Internet, online journals and databases.
However, there are sources of images that are free to use - see below (but they must normally be acknowledged, sometimes according to guidelines in the resource).
Images found in books and journals can normally be re-used in your work (such as essays, dissertations, theses, and PowerPoint presentations), if they were created by the author(s) of the article or book. If you need to use several images from the same document, be mindful of Fair Dealing, which can restrict the amount you can re-use from any one published work.
If the images, diagrams or graphs were created by a photographer, an artist, or someone else, you will need to request permission. The author(s) of the article or book should have requested the permission of the copyright holder and referenced the source. You should be able to contact the creator.
Creative Commons images are free to use according to the terms of the licence. The citation must include which licence was used, including a link to the licence (see Referencing CC licensed material). If an article is CC licensed, any re-used images within it, may still be subject to copyright. It should be made clear by the authors if this is the case.
The tables below contain details of resources that contain images which can be freely used under certain circumstances.
Remember that even if free to use, the images must be acknowledged (normally - there are a couple of exceptions below)
In addition the resources below are sources of free images:
This US resource also has useful information and details of other sources of images and other media: Copyright-Friendly Media
In the unlikely event you cannot find a suitable image using any of the resources on this page, then you could try using Flickr, but it is important that you choose an image with a licence that will allow you to re-use it in your own work.
To do this: perform a search for what you are looking for, then click on 'Any licence' (on the top left of the page) and choose a licence that will allow re-use according to the terms you require.
A similar facility is available with Google image searches: click 'Search tools' and then 'Usage rights'.
This box contains general resources, and the box below contains resources for Health Sciences.
|Creative Commons (CC) - type of licence which allows copyright holders to share their work.||Various licences. Find an image and click on "some rights reserved" (bottom right) for terms which apply to it. See Creative Commons licences under "The Licenses" for full list of CC licences.||Educational use, adding to secure network (e.g. VLE).||Commercial use (usually), re-use on an unsecure network (e.g. free-to-access website).|
|Everystockphoto - an image search engine allowing access to photos from many sources.||Terms vary. Click on the licence icon (below and to the left of every image) for further information.||Terms vary||Terms vary|
|FreeDigitalPhotos.net - download free and premium stock photos and illustrations for websites, advertising materials, newspapers, magazines, e-books, book covers and pages, music artwork, software applications, etc.||FreeDigitalPhotos terms||Any uses marked "standard licence" (see the terms) are permitted. Some images may be used free of charge, others are only available for purchase.||Commercial use|
|Media Plus (use your City username and password to login) - resources from a wide range of collections.||
|Educational use, adding to secure network (e.g. VLE).||Commercial use, re-use on unsecure network (e.g. free-to-access website).|
|Visual Arts Data Service (VADS) - "a considerable portfolio of visual art collections comprising over 100,000 images that are freely available and copyright cleared for use in learning, teaching and research in the UK".||Copyright Notice and Terms and Conditions||Material may be duplicated by you for your research use or educational purposes in electronic or print form.||Electronic or print copies may not be offered, whether for sale or otherwise to anyone who is not an authorised user.|
|WorldImages - access to the California State University IMAGE Project which contains almost 75,000 images, is global in coverage and includes all areas of visual imagery.||Copying and redistribution in any medium or format, remix/transform/build upon the material (you must indicate when this has been done). You must attribute.||Commercial use|
|Bassett Collection of Stereoscopic Images of Human Anatomy - Stanford School of Medicine database||
Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 United States (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 US)
|Copying and redistribution in any medium or format; remix/transform/build upon the material (you must indicate when this has been done and distribute your contributions under the same license as the original). You must attribute||Commercial use|
|Primal Pictures (log in via Library catalogue) - a collection of dynamic, interactive modules featuring three-dimensional anatomy models||Anatomy TV terms and conditions||Display on computer screen, print one copy for your own personal, non-commercial use||Reproduction, modifying, copying, distribution other than specified opposite|