Adding images to a portfolio can accomplish two purposes:
Images can be copyright free or copyright protected. If the image is copyright protected, steps must be taken to ensure that the use is permissible in an educational setting.
Click here for answers to questions such as: Can I use images from the Internet? Can I use Google Images?
Once a student graduates they may wish to use these portfolios in a job search or post on an open website. When making works that contain copyright protected material (including images) publicly accessible, it is vital to ensure that the use of images is permissible on an open website!
Fair Dealing: When using images under the Fair Dealing exception it is more likely to be considered fair if the work is distributed only to students in the class or on a password protected site. If copying is for wide or external distribution, permission from the copyright holder would likely be required.
Library Subscription Databases:
If using images from Library subscription databases, these cannot be posted on the open web.
The 'Mash-up' or Non-commercial User-Generated Content exception in the Copyright Act allows users to incorporate existing copyrighted material in the creation of new works. Images, tables, videos, music, text, etc can all be used in the creation of a new work and the new work can be in any form including video, slides or documents. The derivative work must be transformative.
Use of student portfolios could fall under the Mash-Up exception if the following conditions apply:
Sources of Images:
To find images we suggest you carry out your search in the following order:
Click here to go to the Tab How/Where Can I Find Images
If including the full reference directly under the image is not appropriate for the project, it is possible to include a short attribution under the image with a full citation or attribution statement in a reference page at the end of the work..
For the purposes of a portfolio, include a short attribution under or as close to the image as possible, in conjunction with a full citation in the Reference List.
Creator or Title (whichever will lead you to the Reference item); Date; Retrieval Statement
For examples of citations from the UBC Citation Guide, click here.
Some helpful examples from SFU's citation guide.
For more information on citing refer to the 'How Do I Cite" tab.