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Useful Tips when using Multimedia Content

Multimedia content needs to be properly cited just like a book or article. It's also important to understand when it's okay to re-use multimedia content. When using multimedia content, attempt to find resources that have a copyright that allows for free use or reproduction for educational purposes. The following examples give some guidance:

  • The image is a public domain work. Generally, anything published in the U.S. before 1923 is in the public domain.
  • The image is available under a Creative Commons license. CC images are labeled as such. When using a CC image, be sure to provide proper attribution to the source.
  • The image is otherwise made available for re-use by the content provider. Some websites permit you to re-use their images as long as certain conditions are met (e.g. non-commercial use only). In these cases, you can find out whether re-use is permitted by looking at the website’s Terms & Conditions.
  • You have permission from the copyright owner.
Providing Attribution

Another good practice is to include as much information as possible to give proper attribution to the original creator of a work. Include as much of the following information:

  • title of the work
  • creator's name (author, artist, photographer etc.)
  • date the work was published or created
  • place of publication
  • publisher
  • name of the institution or museum where the work is located (for artworks and museum exhibits)\
  • type of material (for photographs, charts, online images)
  • dimensions of the work (for artworks)
  • website address and access date