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Image & Font Sources

Copyright Considerations

While Fair Use guidelines do allow for some reuse of copyright-protected materials within an academic/classroom context, if you plan on using the work of others in a public performance or publication (including on the web), you will need to seek out the permission of copyright holders or make sure to use images that are either in the Public Domain or that use Creative Commons licensing. See LITS' Copyright Research Guide for more information about Copyright, Fair Use, the Public Domain, and Creative Commons.

Image Sources

  • Google - Run a search on a keyword or words describing the kind of image you'd like to find, then select Images from the menu of options just above your search results. Use the Tools menu item to refine your search further by Size (image dimensions) and Usage Rights.
  • Compfight - This tool allows you to search for images in flickr that use Creative Commons licensing. The results always show several for-fee professional stock photos at the top. Ignore those and use the filters on the left side of the page to select "Creative Commons."
  • ArtStor - The Artstor Digital Library provides over 1.6 million digital images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and sciences with an accessible suite of software tools for teaching and research. You need to register (free for MHC community members) if you wish to download ArtStor images.
  • AP Multimedia Archive - Contemporary and historical news images. The AP Image Archive is an electronic library containing the AP's photo reports and a selection of photos from their 50 million image print and negative library--updated daily.
  • Books and magazines - Find an interesting image in print? Scanners are located in the Library Information Commons and in the Dwight Hall MEWS. You can get help with scanning at the Technology Help Desk in the Info Commons and from the Video Consultants in the MEWS.

Font Sources

Photoshop comes with many fonts already installed for your use. It is possible to install additional fonts, but only on your personal computer. All campus public and lab computers are frozen (meaning users can't make changes to the software installed) in order to ensure that they run consistently all year. If you have Photoshop on your personal computer and want to install additional fonts, you may find these tools useful:

  • DaFont - Searchable database of freeware, shareware, demo and public domain fonts. License information is given above the download button for each font, but make sure to check the font's Read Me file, too.  Installation tips are available in the site's FAQ page
  • WhatTheFont - See an interesting font and wonder what its name is? WhatTheFont allows you to upload an image of some text using the font in question and returns examples of fonts that best match the image.


Where to find it on campus

  • Photoshop CS6 is installed on all campus public and lab computers
  • Photoshop CC (Creative Cloud) is installed on some lab computers
  • Pick a version and stick to it! CC is not backwards compatible with CS6.

Where to buy it

  • You can purchase the entire Adobe Creative Suite at a student discount for your own computer via the MHC Software Hub. Currently it costs $19.95 per month. Make sure your computer meets the system requirements for this software package before you consider buying it!

Getting Help


In person


Springshare's information on Accessibility in Libguides - - MHC Accessibility Barriers Form