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Library Digest July August 2021

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The Library Digest is published in the second half of each month and highlights what’s happening and what’s coming up at your Library.

What’s Happening at your Library

  • NEW! The Library opened our physical space in a limited capacity on June 1. Students can now book time at computers or at BYOD study spaces. Details on how to book study space are available at https://libguides.sait.ca/covid-19.
  • In this edition of Meet Your Library Staff, we are featuring Hilary Stamper. She is our Assessment Librarian and the Liaison for the MacPhail School of Energy.
  • The July/August edition of LibLights highlights our continued instructional and research support of Capstone Research Projects.
  • Our July/August New and Notable Resource List features e-Resources that will inspire, motivate, and help you to enjoy the rest of the summer after a challenging year of COVID-19 restrictions.
  • Chat Reference Assistance is available Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm if you need assistance accessing library resources and services.
  • Visit COVID-19 Library Service Information for more information on our services and if you need help using many of the library resources check out our tip sheets on the Library FAQ.

Tips and Tricks from the Pros – Finding, Using, and Citing Images in Research Papers

There are many good reasons to use images for your academic writing. Images can help to:

  • explain a procedure or process that is hard to explain with words
  • provide a helpful more easily understandable visual example that supports a concept or idea
  • make your paper more visually attractive and appealing.

When searching for images to use in class projects, you can look in our A- Z List of e-Resources for images in these databases:

  • Britannica ImageQuest which includes collection of over 3.25 million images from 62 leading collections from the Bridgeman Art Gallery,Getty Images, the Science Photo Library, Ingram Publishing and other reputable and trusted image sources. 
  • Colourbox : which provides users with access to over 25 million photos, illustrations and videos for use in academic assignments and presentations ( check the A-Z List for log-in instructions).

The educational licensing fees have already been paid on these databases so students can use the images found in these databases.  Please be careful to review the terms of use in each database for information about an appropriate attribution statement.

  1. When you are searching for images posted openly on the web, remember that they are still protected by copyright and are not automatically free to use.

    To find images, you need to look for images labeled "public domain" which means the image is not protected by any copyright law or other restriction and may be copied, shared, altered, and used by anyone.

    Sometimes you can find images that have a Creative Commons licence, where creator has assigned a different licence to the image which grants you permission to use the image with specific restrictions on what you can do with the image. You can limit your Google Image search to find Creative Commons licenced images by filtering your image search (Tools > Usage Rights > Creative Commons Licences).

    Here are some direct links to websites that provide free images with licences for noncommercial, educational use:

    • PIXNIO (These images are in the public domain.)
    • Wikimedia Commons (Some images are in public domain and most of them have a licence for open access.)
    • WOCinTech Flikr collection (All are open licensed images.See each image for the specific license)

    There are many more examples listed in our Finding and Using Images LibGuide as well.

    You can also use facts, photographs, maps, and diagrams from Government of Canada ( see restrictions ) and Government of Alberta ( see restrictions ) sites as long as it is for non-commercial use.

  2. You also need to be very careful to avoid copyright infringement. Copyright infringement can occur when you use someone else's copyrighted work without permission or without exemption under the Copyright Act. This is a legal matter which is handled by the courts.

    To prevent copyright infringement, look for images that are

    • in the public domain or
    • are licensed for re-use through Creative Commons.

    Fair dealing exceptions to the Copyright Act allow for educational use of images. It is best to be safe and learn how to find images without relying on those exceptions, as they will likely no longer apply once you are working in industry.

  3. It is also really important to cite your sources and avoid plagiarism and academic misconduct . Properly citing a work is essential in an academic community.

    These guidelines may vary so be sure to check with your instructor to clarify their expectations for attributing images.

For more information about finding and using images, please consult our Finding and Using Images LibGuide or book an appointment with a librarian to receive in-depth citation assistance.

Feature Resource – Britannica ImageQuest

Britannica ImageQuest is a collection of over 3.25 million images from 62 leading collections from the Bridgeman Art Gallery, Getty Images, the Science Photo Library, Ingram Publishing and other reputable and trusted image sources.  Some of their Canadian contributors include:

  • Designpics, a leading source for images of and from Canada
  • All Canada Photos Collection which represents the best work from over 150 of Canada's most eminent photographers
  • First Light Associated Photographers, a Canadian agency that features thousands of the very best in nature, lifestyle, and commercial images
  • The Toronto Star Photo Collection which documents the major social, political, cultural, and historic events of the 20th century in Canada

Search ImageQuest by keyword, collection, or by shape. Use the “clip art" feature to find infographics, signs and symbols, graphic concepts and vector illustrations. Save, download, share, and print images. Add images to your personal device or organize images into albums with your My Images personal account.

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They are able to provide access to some of the best, rights cleared photographic images and high-quality clip art available for educational and non-commercial applications.

All current students, faculty, and staff can login to Britannica ImageQuest with their mySAIT credentials.


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