Academic Honesty

Using images that are copyright friendly

As responsible students, we are expected to demonstrate academic honesty when conducting research and gathering information and resources that we plan to use. Copy and Paste is NOT ok. We have to make sure that we read what has already been written, make sense of it in our own mind and then put it into our own words. Even then, we still need to give credit to the source that we got our information from. Using pictures is no different. If you did not take the picture that you are using, that means somebody else did, and they deserve credit for the work that they have done to take the picture. Copy and Pasting pictures from Google without making sure that you are allowed to is NOT ok. After our discussion about how to find out if an image is safe to use, you will find links to the different places you can go to access images below:

  • Photos For Class – allows you to download Creative Commons licensed photos, which also includes the proper citation of the photo right on it!
  • Pixabay – Free, high quality images that are public domain. Photographers have given you permission to use these images without even having to give them credit (attribution) for the photo.
  • Pics4Learning
  • Creative Commons
  • FlickrCC
  • Google – Remember, you have to modify your search using the “Search Tools” tab and look for images that are labeled for reuse.
  • Compfight – This, you have access to through the online search database for Compfight, but you also have access to these images on any of your SchoolBlogs sites. Just click on the camera icon next to the “Add Media” button when making a new post, and search the keyword for an image you’d like to use. It will automatically embed the source and credit to the photographer into your post.

REMEMBER – with all of these sites, it’s still important for you to give credit to who the picture belongs to, and where you accessed the picture from. It’s not enough to find a picture that you know is ok for you to use and just paste it into your work.  Give credit where credit is due.

For example:

Becker, Don. USGS. Creative Commons. April 2, 2014 http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Flooding_downtown_Cedar_Rapids_Iowa.jpg

 Watch this video to learn about Creative Commons licenses and what it means for you

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