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Using Images in Canvas

This guide provides information on finding, registering and referencing images in your Canvas course, ensuring copyright compliance.

In this guide ...

Discover how the Library may assist in ensuring the images you use in your teaching are copyright compliant.

This guides covers:

  • finding licensed and open-web images to be used in your teaching and learning
  • ensuring copyright compliance of images used in your teaching and learning
  • instructions on how to register images with the eReserve service
  • referencing images used in your Canvas course

Further information about using resources in your Canvas course can be found on the library guide: Adding library resources to Canvas.


Copyright specific enquiries should be directed to

General teaching enquiries may be sent to the Library Online Learning and Teaching team.

Finding images

The Library provides several resources to aid in finding images that you can use in your Canvas course, these include:

Please check the SHOW LICENSE button on the LibrarySearch record to display the licence terms for each database. Make sure you verify that you can use the images for your intended purpose, e.g. teaching.

Images, Copyright and Canvas (Library Short)

Images, Copyright and Canvas (4:22 mins), RMIT University Library, Microsoft Stream. (RMIT login required)