Topic outline

  • Before we start

    Before we start

    This tutorial will help you find online image resources that are free for you to use to support your learning, teaching or research.

    If you intend to use these resources for purposes other than non-commercial research, study and teaching, you should read the terms and conditions associated with the use of the digital resource carefully. If there is no information available you should assume that you cannot reuse the resources.

    Using the tutorial

    Please use this tutorial to build your own list of useful websites to explore later. Whenever we mention a website that interests you, bookmark it using your preferred bookmarking service. We advise that you do not use your browsers bookmarking tool which may only store your links on individual, local devices, but use an online bookmarking service which will give you easy access to your links online - regardless of which device you use. Popular online bookmarking services include Diigo [] and Delicious []. If you have a google account, you can use the Google Chrome browser to store your bookmarks and then access them on other computers or on your mobile device by syncing to your account (see Google Chrome: Create and find bookmarks - https:/ /

    URLs of useful websites are stored in a 'glossary' at the end of the section which describes them; the name of the site in the main text is linked to the relevant part of the glossary. The names and URLs can be saved by exporting the glossary, using the 'Export entries' link under 'Glossary administration' in the menu on the left. The glossary can be exported in various formats, including as an Excel spreadsheet, or to Google Docs (on Google Drive).


  • Assess

    Abstract (blue wall)

    This section looks at what you need to know about using image resources in learning, teaching and research and examines the usefulness of search engines in locating these resources.

    In this section you will:

    • Think about why you might want to use image resources in teaching and learning
    • Consider how copyright law might affect your use of image resources
    • Examine whether search engines will be useful for locating the resources you need
    Pages: 2URL: 1Glossary: 1
  • Copyright

    Vapour trail

    How do the law and commerce affect my use of image resources?

    In this section you will:

    • Consider your legal responsibilities when using image resources from the Web
    • Discover various sources of information for finding out more about copyright in image resources
    • Look at Creative Commons
    • Be introduced to collective licensing schemes
    Pages: 3Glossary: 1
  • Tour

    Metal bar with a shadow behind it

    Where can I find good image resources for my work?

    In this section you will learn about:

    • Key online video resources sites
    • How to collect your own list of useful sites to explore later
    Pages: 4Glossary: 1
  • Success

    The Taste of Success

    How do other people use the Internet to help them locate good quality, usable image resources?

    This final section of the tutorial will:

    • Offer practical examples of how others use the Internet successfully
    • Give you some new ideas for using the Internet productively
    Pages: 2