This resource guide has information on copyright, using images, and sharing articles.

Using Images & Understanding Permissions

Images found in select resources through the Library may be used for research and/or educational purposes, provided permission is obtained from the copyright holder and credit is given as per copyright holder instructions.

If you have any questions regarding the use of images from any Library resource (books, ebooks, journals, databases, etc.), please contact the Library for guidance or the publisher of the material in question for permission/instruction.

Using Images Found Online

People often assume that online images are free to use, perhaps because they are so easily available: Right click and save, then copy and paste into your work.

In reality, using online images is complicated because some images:

  • can be used with permission, or under specific terms or licences
  • must be purchased
  • cannot be reproduced under any condition

It can be very difficult to determine who actually owns the copyright of online images.

All images are protected by copyright, and it is always your responsibility to find out if and how you are permitted to reproduce them legally and ethically.

We’ve created an infographic to help you with reusing and/or adapting images in your work.

Resources for General Images

Creative Commons & Creative Commons Search

What is Creative Commons?
Creative Commons is a non-profit organization that facilitates sharing and use of content.

The organization has created licenses that standardize and convey how content can be used. Conditions of use are determined by the creator.
If you want to use content governed by a Creative Commons license you must follow the conditions set by the creator.

Resources for Medical Images

Icons & Symbols

Creating Your Own Images

If you can't find an image to suit your purposes that you are able to safely use, you may be able to create your own image.