Consider the following five criteria:
1. Accuracy - Is the information correct?
2. Authority - What are the author's credentials?
3. Coverage - Is the content covered comprehensively?
4. Currency - Is the information current?
5. Purpose - Is the content biased?
If you're not certain, ask a librarian!
Creative Commons is a group of licenses which enable use of many online images, videos, music and other digital materials. It is a great resource for academic institutions as most works covered by the license allow for use in an educational setting without the need to contact the copyright holder. There is also a Creative Commons license that allows use for any purpose. Note that when using a work covered by Creative Commons you must always credit the work.
Art Renewal Center (ARC): Click on Museum
Copyright protection covers photographs, graphics, cartoons, music, movie clips, text and more in both print and digital formats. Generally, copyright provides the author or the creator of the work control of the use, alteration, copying, distribution, performance, and sale of the work. Copyright is automatic. Neither publication nor registration is essential for a work to be copyright protected, even if no © notice or warning is displayed.
4 ways you can use digital images without violating copyright:
1. Use Pima Community College's subscriptions to image databases (links to databases are in the box on the right).
2. Use images found through a Creative Commons Search (see Creative Commons box on the right).
3. Fair Use. T