Answered By: Shanna Pearson
Last Updated: Jul 05, 2018     Views: 564

Here are our APA rules and MLA rules for citing images. You'll be looking at the Image Reproduced from a Website. 

In most cases, though, you didn't get an image from Google unless you're citing a Google doodle or an image from their corporate website. Images you find in a Google Image search are generally from websites that are being picked up by Google's search results.

How do I know where my image came from?

When you view an image in your Google results, click on the image to see the webpage it's posted on. Doing this will also give you access to the URL you need for your citation, and possibly important details such as the image's creator.

How do I know if I can reuse the image I found?

Your usage may fall under Fair Dealing, but it's always best to use an image that has reduced restrictions so you can be sure you're allowed to reproduce or modify it. One easy way to find these types of images in Google is to add filters to an image search. 

  1. Search for an image
  2. Click on Tools
  3. Use the Usage Rights dropdown menu
  4. Select Labeled for Reuse (or similar) (It's similar for Bing, just click Filter to filter by licence instead)

Keep in mind this method isn't foolproof. Read more about filtering search results by usage rights on Google's website.

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