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To make sure your use of an image is permissible, scroll down to the bottom of the webpage or website where you found it.  In most instances, you will find a usage statement - Terms & Conditions, Terms of Use, Rights, Copyright Restrictions, etc.  Or, click on the image and look for image details, object information, etc., to determine its status: restricted, free to use, open access, etc.  Many image sites put this information just below the image or in a prominent place on the page.  See "Open Access Images" for more examples.

Here are some examples (click image for complete record).

If you are still uncertain, look for contact information and request permission directly from the image creator/owner.


Massachusetts Horticultural Society (American society, non-profit agency, 1829-), Halvorson Design Partnership (American, 1980-), Cecil & Rizvi (American). creation date: 1998-2007. Rose Kennedy Greenway: Dewey Square Park, Download:
Image Citation: Chicago

The Getty

This image is available for download, without charge, under the Getty's Open Content Program

The text on this page is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, unless otherwise noted. Images and other media are excluded.

Archives of American Art: Smithsonian - Rights Statement & Citation

Rights Statement: U.S. public domain

Citation: Installation view of Gallery A in the Armory Show, 1913 / unidentified photographer. Walt Kuhn, Kuhn family papers, and Armory Show records, 1859-1984, bulk 1900-1949. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Library of Congress - Rights & Access

Rights Advisory:  No known restrictions on publication.

Soldiers' Monument, Boston Common, Mass. Boston Ma. Massachusetts, 1896. Photograph.  Image Citation: Chicago

PHIL (Public Health Image Library), CDC (Centers for Disease Control & Prevention) - Copyright Restrictions

Copyright Restrictions:None - This image is in the public domain and thus free of any copyright restrictions. As a matter of courtesy we request that the content provider be credited and notified in any public or private usage of this image.
Content source:

Norman B. Leventhal Map & Education Center, Boston Public Library - Terms of Use

Terms of Use: Public Domain/No known restrictions on use. Contact host institution to download image.
Contact host institution for more information.

American Antiquarian Society Collection

Google Images - Images may be subject to copyright. Learn More