Best Bets

Everyone uses Google image search, but those pictures are not copyrighted and can be inappropriate. Here are some EHMIS recommended sites for locating more copyright friendly images:
Option #1 -   (Office Clip Art)
Option # 2 -
Option # 3 -

More Sites

Our Media -
Wikimedia Commons -
Pics4Learning -
Discovery Streaming -
CogDogRoo -
Google CC Search -

Thumbnails vs Full Size Images

In order for a web page with lots of pictures to load quickly, web designers often use "thumbnails" - or preview versions of a larger picture. The thumbnail then links to a larger, higher quality file.

Here is an example of a thumbnail versus full size image:

Using and Citing Pictures

Adding Citations

Its is also a good habit to cite your pictures, even when you get them from one of these copyright friendly websites. Here are some pictures with some citations as examples:

Very important! If you are citing an image found in Google Images or any other image retrieval service, be certain to cite the image in its original context. Do not provide the URL of the enlarged image - you must use the URL of the page where the image was originally shown.

Minimum Citation


For this type of citation, provide the URL (web address of the file) and the date you accessed it.

Full Citation


To add a full citation, provide the following information:
  • Image creator's last name, first name, if available, or page author's name if available, followed by a period and a space
  • Title of photo followed by a period, in quotation marks. If no title, describe briefly within quotation marks.
  • Descriptive word (photo, map, cartoon, drawing, etc,) followed by a period and a space
  • Website title in italics, followed by a space
  • Website publication date in DD Mo. YYYY format followed by a period and a space
  • Date image was viewed in DD Mo. YYYY format followed by by a period
  • Web address in angle brackets

Ideas for Picture Citations

If you are worried that your pictures won't look good in your project with all the citations, consider creating a "Credits" section in your project and then reference that. Here is an example from PowerPoint:

Slide in PowerPoint with Picture (note number added - in red circle - which will reference citation on credit slide)

Slide in PowerPoint used for Credits


Additional Sites for Images

The Noun Project

Legal Info for using Office Info: and Office Web App media elements and templates

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