Images and multimedia can be used to enrich your research and topic presentations. When searching for and using images, you will want to keep the following tips in mind:
For information about video and audio elements, check out our Streaming Media Guide.
The following image platforms make it easier to cite and attribute properly, since rights and permissions are often stated for each image.
St. Catherine University. (n.d.) [Photograph of Our Lady Victory Chapel]. https://cdm16120.contentdm.oclc.org/digital/collection/
Several generative AI tools exist for creating images using text-to-image prompts. Only use AI generated images in your academic work if you have permission from your instructor (or the topic of your work is generative AI). Although AI artwork is not protected by copyright law, you will need to cite the software and document the prompt you used to generate the image.
Example of image generated using the prompt "Lion's Mane Jellyfish":
Canva. (2023). Text-to-Image (2022 Version). https://www.canva.com/your-apps/text-to-image
Images in the public domain are not restricted under copyright, which means you do not need to obtain permission to use them in your work.
Note: You should always cite the images in your work, even if it's available in the public domain.
Stock photography should reflect a diverse and inclusive range of people. The following sites focus on highlighting images of marginalized populations. Including these images in research presentations reinforces the idea that everyone should be seen.
St. Catherine University. (n.d.). Students (6) behind a tree in front of Derham Hall [Photograph]. https://cdm16120.contentdm.oclc.org/digital/collection/cscphoto/id/37/rec/15
©2023 St. Catherine University Library, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA