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Mission: Find the Fish


Here's a Fish. It's pretty neat.

How do we find it? What would we look for in a citation to find it?

Follow this link to  to help brainstorm.

Image Databases

What is Creative Commons & Public Domain?

Art typically enters into the public domain in 5 ways, but it's important to remember that even though an art object might be in the public domain, its reproduction may not be.

  1.  The copyright has expired
  2. The copyright failed to fix the required notice.
  3. The copyright owner failed to follow renewal rules.
  4. The copyright owner deliberately placed the item in the public domain.
  5. Copyright law does not protect this type of work.

The Creative Commons is a set of licenses creators can use to release their work to the public. It allows for conditions for use and reuse, and there are several different types of CC licenses. Not all mean that something is freely available.

The 6 Types are:

  • CC-BY
  • CC-BY-NC
  • CC-BY-SA
  • CC-BY-ND

Generally, CC-BY is the most permissive when searching for imagery.


When searching in museum websites, generally look for a tab that says “Collections” and search by date, place, or culture. You can search for things like “early Christian” or “byzantine,” or for objects like “lamp” or “amulet.”

How do I cite art?

Images need to be cited just as much as other works like books and journals.

The key features that you'll typically need are:

  • Creator
  • Title of Work
  • Production Year
  • Where it was found [museum, website, book]
  • Date of Accession (for web)
  • For some objects, the material and medium might be useful to cite, but not all. [Oil on Canvas]

MLA Example: Ray, Man. Self-Portrait Assemblage. 1916. The Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA. Jstor. Web. 24 August 2022.

APA Example: Mieris, F. (1661). Pictura [Online image]. Retrieved from