"How to" Guideline series is coordinated by Helen Mongan-Rallis of the Education Department at the University of Minnesota Duluth. If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions to improve these guidelines please me at e-mail hrallis@d.umn.edu.

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How to Copy and Save Images from the Internet

Guidelines developed by Helen Rallis

To capture an image off the Internet, follow these steps:

  1. Click and hold (Mac) or right mouse click (PC) on on of the images below until a dialog box appears.
  2. If you are using Internet Explorer, select "Download image to disk." If you are using Netscape, select "Save this image as."
  3. A box pops up asking you where you want to save the image to. Navigate to the folder in which you want to keep your images.
  4. Usually you'll want to rename the image, giving it a name that will make sense to you a few months down the line. In the "Save image as" box, change the name of the picture to the name you have chosen. If you intend to use the image on a web page, make sure there are no spaces in the name you choose.
  5. If you are working on a Mac, also make sure that the name you choose ends in .jpg (if you are using a PC it will automatically insert this extension for you).
  6. Click on the "save" button. You now have an identical copy!

Important: Don't steal!

It is unethical to steal images from other people's web pages, just as it is to "steal" their words (plagiarism). If you are using an image for educational or personal purposes it is usually acceptable to copy images off the Internet provided that you state the source of the image. A simple way to do this is to keep a list of the names of the images and the URLs of the pages from which they came. To do this:

  1. Open a new document (e.g. in MS Word or using some web authoring software such as Dreamweaver or Netscape Composer).
  2. Type a heading such as "List of images and image sources."
  3. Type in the name of the first image.
  4. Then go to the web page from which you took the image --> highlight the URL --> from the edit menu select "copy" --> then come back to your list of images and next to the name of the image --> go toe the edit menu and select "paste." You now have the name of the image and its source. If the name of the person who took the image is given on the page from which you took the image, then record that information too. (Example: icegrassclose.jpg - Copied from http://www.d.umn.edu/~hrallis/guides/SampleImagesGuide.html)
  5. Save the list in the same folder in which you keep the images.
  6. When you use an image in a document, underneath or close to the image insert a note that says something to the effect of "This image was copied from (insert the page URL)."

Keep adding to your list as you add images to your folder. Get into the habit of always recording the source of the images you copy so that if you use them you can give credit to the source.

Try it!

Copy the images below. Follow the direction above so that you:

frozen bushes
frozen grass
Coniston Lake, England


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