To avoid licensing fees, we recommend selecting images that are in the public domain, carry a Creative Commons license, or are royalty-free. For more details on these three designations, we invite you to participate in the Cognella webinar titled “Creating a Figure Program,” offered monthly. Ask your project editor for upcoming dates and details about the session.
A Note on Images Found Online
Images found through Google image searches or on public websites typically can’t be used due to copyright restrictions. This is true of images found on blogs, websites with or without paywalls, and even educational sites. If selected for your project, these types of images will often need to be replaced, which slows down the pre-production and production of your Active Learning content. To minimize rework and delays, do your best to select images from sources provided by Cognella or create your own images.
Suggested low- or no-cost image sources that we recommend for Active Learning content include:
Library of Congress*
National Institute of Health
New York Public Library*
Historical Maps: University of Texas Libraries
Topographic Maps: USGS
Smithsonian Open Access
*This site contains copyrighted images, though most are available to use for free. Be sure to check the licensing information listed for the specific photos you’d like to use before adding to your image log.