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Medical Images & Videos: Using & Citing Images

The purpose of this resource guide is to provide links to medical images and videos on the Internet.

Citing Images

Why is it important to attribute and document your sources?

  • It helps to avoid plagiarism, i.e. the presentation of another’s words or ideas as if they were one’s own.
  • It allows the reader to find your research sources and to follow the steps you took toward formulating your ideas and reaching your conclusions.
  • It strengthens the authority and credibility of your work by demonstrating that you have sought out and considered a variety of sources.
  • It helps to place your own ideas into the framework of the larger intellectual conversation about your topic.

Don't Forget About Copyright

Never assume that an online image is freely available for use.  While this guide provides information for finding medical images, it does not give copyright information for individual images. Before using any image, read and abide by each website's terms of use.

Try using the Digital Image Rights Computator to help you determine appropriate use of digital images.