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Academic Posters

Finding images

  Use Creative Commons or free images.

  Use high-quality images.

  Remember to cite the images you use.

image credit: "Check Mark" by Icontrack from Noun Project

Do I have permission to use that?

Most images are copyright protected, however, as a student, there are exceptions in the Copyright Act that allow you to use copyright-protected images without requiring permission. These exceptions only apply to in-class assignments and on-campus presentations. If your student work is presented or displayed off-campus, please contact the Copyright Advisor for more information, since the exceptions no longer apply in this situation. And remember that images are no different than any type of information you borrow, they need to be properly cited.

Questions about copyright?   The MHC Copyright Advisor, Chelsey Ehresman would be happy to help.  She can be contacted at or (403) 529-3835

Where to look for images

  Use Creative Commons image websites.  Creative Commons images are clearly labeled, which makes it easier to cite as well as understand how you are permitted to use the image.

  Creative Commons Search

   Wikimedia Commons

   Creative Commons on Flickr

  Use open-licensed or free image websites.  These sites offer images that are not copyright protected and are free to use.

‚Äč   Unsplash



   Public Health Image Library

   Noun Project

   Google Images (remember to use the “Tool” option to limit your results by filters such as Usage Rights, Size, etc.)

image credit: "Creative Commons Logo" by Gregoire Lannoy from Noun Project; "Unlocked" by Jamison Wieser from Noun Project; "World Wide Web" by Minh Do from Noun Project