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Health and Medical Resources: Images

Using Google for Images

Google Images allows you to search for images and narrow to a specific reuse permission. This can be a fast easy way to find images for a project.  To do this, go to the Tools menu after you run your search, then select Usage Rights. 

You have the following options for Usage Rights:

  • Labeled for reuse: Allows you to copy or redistribute its content if the content remains unchanged.
  • Labeled for reuse with modification: Allows you to copy, modify, or redistribute in ways specified in the license.
  • Labeled for noncommercial reuse with modification: Allows you to copy, modify, or redistribute only if it is for a noncommercial (i.e. nonprofit) purpose. Most educational use would fall into this category.
  • Labeled for noncommercial reuse: Allows you to copy or redistribute content that remains unchanged and only if it is for a noncommercial (i.e. nonprofit) purpose. Most educational use would fall into this category.

Select tools under the search bar, then choose Usage rights

Sources of Free Medical and Biology Images

Copyright and Fair Use with Images

Fair use provides the broadest and most flexible exception to copyright limitations. It is technology-and-format-neutral and can be applied to any medium.  A fair use determination requires a good faith analysis of four equally-weighted factors specified in the law. Fair use can be the most challenging and difficult determination to make. The following tools can help you understand the four factors, weigh them, and make an informed decision.

Whether something can be considered a fair use exception depends on four factors:

1. Purpose and character of the use and whether it is for commercial or educational/non-profit purposes

2. The nature of the copyrighted work (creative and imaginative versus factual)

3. Amount and substantiality of portion use

4. Effect of the potential market for or value of the work

The more factors that apply, the more likely something might be considered fair use.

CINAHL Images

Directions for conducting an image search in CINAHL:

  1. Go to the "more" dropdown on the blue menu at the top of the search screen.  Click on the more option at the top navigation bar
  2. Select Images from the dropdown
  3. Use the search box to find images by keyword
  4. Check for the permissions for usage information on the image's copyright.  Clicking on the title will open a page that contains this information towards the bottom of the screen.
    What am I allowed to do with this image?

Using Your Own Images, Video, Art Work, Music

If you are the creator and the copyright owner, great!

If you are posting or publishing photographs you have taken, get the written permission of the subjects. See the language in this sample Media Waiver.