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Images - Finding & Using

This guide provides information on where to find images for your research and direction on the use of images for educational purposes.


Figuring out if you need copyright permission to use an image can be complicated. Be sure to look for copyright information about the specific image you want to use from the source where you found it. On websites or in databases, there may be a general copyright policy for the entire site; look for links labeled "Terms of Use" or "Copyright" or "Use and Permissions" or "Rights and Reproductions".

In general, you will want to be more careful if you are planning to put the image in a publication or on a website that anyone can access.

If you have specific questions regarding using images, reach out to the UBC Copyright Office for further assistance. You will find the contact information to the UBC Copyright Office link below, within the 'Images Sources' and 'Image Citation' links. The Creative Commons (CC) and Canada Intellectual Property Office are resources that may be helpful in guiding you: