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Poster Presentations

HCCC Library

HCCC Library Hours

Monday-Friday: 8-9

Saturday: 9-3

Sunday: 10-3

Image Websites

What are the various categories of images and what's the difference between each? (Courtesy of Mary Lee Eggart, Louisiana State University


--Public Domain Images

(Usually a work enters the public domain 70 years after the death of creator—but there are exceptions. Some creators designate works to be in the public domain during their lifetime.)

--Creative Commons Images

permit reproduction as long as proper attribution is given.

(Available through Flickr, free stock photos archives)

--Royalty/Subscription Images

provide high quality images for a single image fee or membership--expensive!

(iStockphoto, Jupiter Images, Getty Images)

--Copyright Protected Images

can be used under the fair use doctrine for educational purposes including as part of a display or presentation at professional symposia. Proper attribution should be given.


The following websites contain images or image searches that allow you to obtain copyright-free images that can be used for your posters:

Wikimedia Commons

Google Images (use the "usage rights" filter)

Morgue File

Creative Commons Search

A little guide to the use of the Creative Commons and licenses you may encounter... (courtesy of Flickr: Creative Commons

Attribution means: You let others copy, distribute, display, and perform your copyrighted work - and derivative works based upon it - but only if they give you credit.

Noncommercial iconNoncommercial means: You let others copy, distribute, display, and perform your work - and derivative works based upon it - but for noncommercial purposes only.

No Derivative Works iconNo Derivative Works means: You let others copy, distribute, display, and perform only verbatim copies of your work, not derivative works based upon it.

Share Alike iconShare Alike means: You allow others to distribute derivative works only under a license identical to the license that governs your work.

For an additional listing of image search sites and information on images, please see:

Harvard Law School Library: Finding Creative Commons and Public Domain Images


Subject Guide

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Sarah Teichman
Subjects: Poetry