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Finding & Using Images: Home


This guide is intended primarily for Georgetown students doing coursework.

If you are a faculty, staff member, or student and have questions relating to copyright and image use policies, feel free to use the resources listed here, or contact:

Meg Oakley, Head, Copyright & Digital Rights Management, Lauinger Library; 202-687-0302; mc042@georgetown.edu.

Using Images: A Guide for Students

More and more students at GU are now using images in digital projects for their classes (such as blogs, timelines, wikis or videos).

As students, and while you are doing academic work, you have considerable leeway to use images --even copyrighted ones-- under the Fair Use Doctrine.

However, you need to be aware that certain restrictions apply, depending on the kind of material you are using, and that you need to exercise some caution - particularly if you are planning to post your work online.

This guide is intended as a quick introduction to copyright and fair use, and as a gateway to finding images for student projects.