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1. Content/Clarity: covers topic clearly with appropriate details and examples
2. Design/Layout: makes excellent use of font, color, graphics, effects, etc., to enhance the presentation
3. Audience: appropriately targets general audience through using common language and/or analogies
4. Graphics/Images: all graphics/images are related to the topic and make it easier to understand
5. References: Cites sources used appropriately; all images either original or comply with copyright law
Finding open access images
Images from the sources listed below are generally available for use on the open web. Remember:
Always read and comply with the use restrictions for each individual image.
Always cite images someone else created.
Images should not be sold or used in commercial products or for commercial purposes. Generally, you're free to use these images in multimedia projects, websites, blogs, portfolios, etc, that are open and available to the public.
Flickr contains millions of photographs shared by Flickr users under Creative Commons licenses, and is a strong source for contemporary travel, nature, people, and design photographs. Several overlays to Flickr offer enhanced search functionality and additional features.
Historical and contemporary images contributed by participants. Millions of high-resolution images of art, architecture, design, people, historical events, diagrams, maps, and more. It's especially important to check image permissions here -- people often upload images for which they don't hold the copyright.
Image sources that don't use Creative Commons licenses
These are fantastic image sources, but it can be harder to determine what rights you have for each individual image. Be sure to read the permissions carefully to understand if you're allowed to use and modify the images.
American Geological Institute's collection of archeological, geological, environmental, geophysical, and other images. Also includes plants, animals, and weather and satellite images. Please Note: images on this site can only be modified in certain ways -- click "more" for details.
Allowed Photo Manipulations:
Enlarging or reducing an image size
Lightening or darkening an image
Lightening or darkening an area of an image
Adjusting contrast or color to accommodate technologies and mediums
Not Allowed Photo Manipulations:
All activities not explicitly allowed, including
Transferring information from one photo to another
Transferring information from one part of a photo to another part of the photo
Adding elements to the photograph
Images from the Library of Congress collections. Many of these images are now in the public domain, but check the "Rights Advisory" on the "Obtaining Copies" tab for each individual photo.
Digital Media Center
The Digital Media Center at the Anderson Academic Commons is managed by Digital Media/University Events and A/V Services. The DMC is a self-service, post-production studio, and is open to students, faculty, staff, and members of the public. For more information see the research guide, Digital Media Center