Beware of plagiarism
When using images in your presentation, it is considered plagiarism if credit is not given to the author/creator of the image. It is important to write a proper image caption, which includes a citation, and if required, cite the image in your project’s reference section based on your required formatting style (MLA, APA, Turabian, etc.)
When do you need permission to use an image in your presentation?
Does the image have copyright? The image has copyright if the resource states: All Rights Reserved, states the word “Copyright”, or has the © symbol. Also, assume the image has copyright unless it has a Creative Commons License or the copyright date is 95 years or older (see public domain below). If you publish or share your presentation at a conference you need to gain permission if it is under copyright.
For example, if an image is used from an article or a book, it most likely has copyright. Permission will need to be obtained to use the image in your presentation. To make the process easier, try to choose an image that fits your need that is free to use and doesn’t need permission such as an image with a Creative Commons (CC) license or that is in the public domain. What are Creative Commons and the public domain? Let’s take a look.
Creative Commons(CC) is a free system of licenses that the author/creator can choose to put on their copyright items so others know how they can use the item. Users do not need to obtain permission to use materials with a CC license. The license will use terms, as seen below, to identify what license the author/creator has selected.
To find free content under Creative Commons use this link.
BY = Attribution. All CC licenses require attribution (to give credit to the author).
NC = Non-Commercial use. Item cannot be used commercially.
ND = No Derivatives. User cannot modify the work.
SA = ShareAlike. Must be shared under the same license even if transformed from the original work.
Visuals are sometimes used for CC licenses. Creative Commons acronyms and meanings:
How to Write a Caption for a Creative Commons Image
CC Caption Formatting:
When an image from CC is used, it is required that the user give attribution to the author/creator. Attribution is another way of saying, to give credit to the creator. For more information about Creative Commons use this link.
Creative Commons Attribution includes the following: the title of work, creator, source, and the license under which it is being used.
Example: Fig. 1. "Pictured is the new Virtus helmet with mounted Modular Night Vision Device." by Defence Images is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0
What is the Public Domain?
The public domain consists of items that are generally free to use in any manner because the copyright has expired or the item never had copyright protection. Permission to use the item is not needed from the author/creator but a caption is required to avoid plagiarism.
How to identify if the item is in the public domain?
Here are some resources that offer free-to-use images. Most images are in the public domain or use Creative Commons licenses. Captions are still required.
The caption format is located above and under the image (see example 2):
Note. From “Diving helmet” by Misteraitch, n.d., retrieved from https://search.creativecommons.org/photos/2baa4793-23c0-4131-afc4-9ba16d804513. CC BY 2.0.
What if I Created the Image?
The image or photo should be identified to clearly state the author/creator of the item.
The caption under the image:
Images from Royalty-Free Clip Art
The caption under the image:
Images Found on Google or Bing (or similar source)
Do not cite Google or Bing directly. Rather, click through the image until the image source is discovered. Create a caption in the correct format style.