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Copyright for Library Staff: Tools & Resources

A copyright guide for NIC library staff to use as a reference

Tools & Resources

There are plenty of images available online that the copyright owner has labeled as ok for reuse. When you're looking for an image to use please make sure it has been labeled as ok for "Non-commercial" use, and if you plan to change the image make sure it has been labeled as ok to adapt or modify. It is always important to give a proper attribution for images we use.

If you're looking for images to use, you can try some of these websites:

Libguides created by NIC library staff are released under a "Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial ShareAlike 4.0 International" License. This allows the content of our Libguides to be copied and redistributed for non-commercial purposes as long as we are given proper attribution. It also allows our Libguides to be adapted, transformed, or built upon as long as the end result is also released under a Creative Commons License. 

To add a Creative Commons license to your work, copy and paste this HTML code:

<a rel="license" href=""><img alt="Creative Commons License" style="border-width:0" src="" /></a><br />This work is licensed under a <a rel="license" href="">Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License</a>.

It should end up looking like this:

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

When using material that is ok for non-commercial use it is important to provide an attribution. This acknowledges that the material was not created by NIC staff, and allows users to locate the original source and author of the work. At NIC we use the attribution style recommended by

Here is an example of an attribution line for a photograph released under a Creative Commons Licence:

"Detail From Totem Pole, Vancouver" by soilse is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

This is an ideal attribution because it contains the Title of the image with a link to the original source, the author of the image with a link to their profile page, and the specific license that the image was released under, with a link to the license deed.