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Images can really enhance your work, so it can pay to develop skills in finding and using digital images. The majority of images are protected by copyright whether or not this is explicitly stated. Always reference where the image came from and ensure you have correctly followed any guidance from the supplying website for that particular image.

If using Google Image search, you can filter search results for royalty free images to save yourself getting into trouble for using anything that you are not entitled to. Enter a search term into the Google Images search box, navigate to the Google Advanced Image Search by clicking on the cog icon at the top right of the page you can then scroll down to "usage rights". This allows you to search for images that have a creative commons license, are in the public domain, or have a GNU Free Documentation license. If you do use this function, always double check the license on the website you are taken to just to be sure.

Sometimes people may strip out the copyright and metadata from images and reuse it without the copyright holders permission which can make it particularly hard to know if an image is royalty free or not. Tools such as TinEye reverse image search allow you to paste in image or page urls or upload images and will check where images have come from, how they are being used, if it has been modified and so could help you to check if an image has been used as a creative commons image elsewhere.

Further information on finding and using images is available in the help guide using images in your work.