January 9, 2013

How to Find an Original Image Source

You see this happen a lot in social media. Something looks neat, and a ton of people repost an image. The problem here is that a lot of people post an image without crediting it's original source. I could say, "It's fine! That happens.", but  really I can't.

In a time where EVERYTHING is digital we have to learn how to credit a source. Not only is it plain old good manners it's required of our children to learn how to give credit to the original creator of a digital work. Whether or not they are completing a school assignment or simply reposting something online in their personal time.

Just how do you start?

First you need your image URL. Right click on your image and copy the address. OR open your image in a new window or tab then copy the URL.

Go to Google Images and click on the camera icon.

A little pop-up window will appear. 

The search engine will give you a list of results. Yes, you will have to click and search a bit to find the image. Remember: Look at the link before clicking on it. Sites like Reddit or sites that have changed the image in anyway are also less likely to have an original source credited.

I was able to find a little article published on a website called Fashionably Geek. Since I already was familiar with Fashionably Geek I knew that it would more then likely have credited the original source. 

And there it is. Thank you Fashionably Geek!

Even though I couldn't find the original image I was able to know who the original creator was. Which means I am able to credit the creator for the image.

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