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GS 721K: Oral Communication Skills: Getting Started

Research guide for Edie Allen's DKU course, fall 2016: Using images in presentations

Creative Commons

Creative Commons is a non-profit organization that offers free and voluntary copyright licenses.  Creators "retain copyright while allowing others to copy, distribute, and make some uses of their work....

What Does This Mean for You?

You can search for photos and use those published with a Creative Commons license for free within your presentations.  You should check the license to see what restrictions the producer has placed on their content.  And, you still need to cite the source even if it has a Creative Commons license.  You often cannot alter images that have a CC license.

Several platforms offer images with a CC license.  You can search here.  But, "Do not assume that the results displayed in this search portal are under a CC license. You should always verify that the work is actually under a CC license by following the link."

Quick image search

General Resources

Basic Image Collections - Everyone, regardless of topic, should consider searching these excellent image collections.

  • TIP:  Go to Advanced Search. In Advanced Search, change the "Full Text" tab to "Caption".
  • TIP:  Change the "Any License" tab to "Creative Commons".


Special thanks to Lee Sorensen, Librarian for Dance and Visual Studies at Duke Libraries for use of material from his guide, Finding/Using Images at Duke.

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Linda Daniel
Duke Kunshan University Library

Reverse Image Search: Going Beyond a Simple Google Search

To find better versions of a specific image, you can use these tools:

  • TIP: Click the camera icon to begin reverse image searching.