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How To Search, Use And Attribute Photos And Images From Wiki Commons In Hubs

Rajan is a botany and chemistry major. He has worked as a poultry breeder for 23 years, breeding layer and broiler parents.


This hub has been specially written as a
guide for new hubbers who would like to incorporate images, available on Wikimedia Commons, in their hubs.

Wikimedia commons is the largest free images resource and especially for public domain images.

Though it is best to use ones’ own photos it is not possible many times due to a number of reasons.

Hubpages and Google are very particular about others’ images being used correctly by way of proper attribution to the author of the image, incorporation of the license and the image source (URL).

This hub will focus on the correct way to find and incorporate these images from Wikimedia commons.


To use an image or photo there are basically 2 steps :

1. Searching for the image/photo which can be used for a commercial write up. Hubs are commercial write ups as they display ads from which the hubber earns money.

2. After locating the image/photo that one wants to incorporate in the hub, it is necessary that, images that are legally available for use are used and proper attribution to the author is ensured.

It should be borne in mind that though images on Wikimedia Commons are free for commercial use they need to be correctly attributed.

Step 1

Go to the Wikimedia commons home page at this link http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Main_Page

As picture 1 below shows

Picture 1

Step 2


Click on Images in the choices on top right which will open up the page as shown in picture 2 below.

Picture 2

Step 3


In the search box type the keyword for the picture you are looking for and hit enter.

I will take the example of the ‘raspberry’ keyword for this hub. A page like in picture 3 opens up.

Picture 3

Step 4


Now select whichever image you like so that it opens as in picture 4 below

(I will click on the 2nd image for purposes of demonstration).

Picture 4

Step 5


You will see that this opens up the images’ main URL page. To the right of the image you can see a list of options in which this file (image) can be used.

We are concerned with the first two options on the list.
The 1st option is for Downloading the image to the photo capsule.
The 2nd option is to enter details of the Page URL, and Attribution to the author.

Step 6

Click on the 1st option on top of the list.

A box opens up as in the picture 5 below. Scroll to the bottom of the box and you will be given the option to download the image in various sizes (circled in red by me). If you prefer you can download the image size of your choice and save it to the computer from where you can upload it to the photo capsule

OR

You can import the image directly from the web -

- By clicking the import button which is at the top on the left hand side of the photo capsule and pasting the File URL in the box given there.

For importing the image to the photo capsule, keep the hub open in edit mode in another tab and add the photo capsule. Open the photo capsule in edit mode.

Import the image by pasting the File URL in the box as explained above.

Click the import button at the bottom of the list of URL boxes on the left.
Within a few seconds the required image is uploaded to the photo capsule, as in picture 6 below.

Keep this photo capsule in open in edit mode, as now you will have to fill in the source and attribution details.

Picture 5

Picture 6

Step 7

Now click on the 2nd option “Use this file on the web”. This opens up the page as in picture 7 below

Picture 7

Step 8


You can see here that information pertaining to the Page URL (in the top most box) is already highlighted. Right click this to select.

Go to the photo capsule which you kept open in step 6.


Step 9

Paste this page URL in the "source URL" box.

Again go to the same page and copy the attribution and paste it in the "name of the source".

Though attribution of this image is not required as the image is in public domain, it is better to attribute it so that it becomes a habit.

The photo capsule in the edit mode would appear like this in picture 8 below, after typing "Raspberries" in the capsule subtitle box on top.

In the caption box I will type "Red Raspberry".

See picture 8.

Picture 8

Step 10

After filling all the details, save the photo capsule. You have now correctly attributed the photo to the author and its source.

Once you have saved the photo capsule, the final look of the photo will be like in picture 9 below

Raspberries

Concluding Remarks


To a new hubber the entire process of incorporating an image might appear very daunting. But believe me it will be a breeze once you do it a few times.

There are other sites also where you can find photos for commercial use, like on hubs. Each site has a slightly different way of attribution.

Attribution is a way no doubt of making the use of images in our hubs justifiable to Google & Hubpages. But it is also a way to appreciate, respect and credit the author for using his work.

We, as writers, would not like anyone to use our written work to be used without attribution at the least. Similarly, it is our moral duty to ensure that we do the same to others that we expect of them.

I would like to thank the author, Wikimedia commons & Hubpages for the material used in this hub.


© 2012 Rajan Singh Jolly

Comments

Audrey Selig from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on August 10, 2015:

Hi Rajan - Is this way easier than the download to the computer and then to HP? Do you not need to sign in or register? Thanks for a well explained hub that will help everybody. I use this site, but need to write down the instructions for complete understanding every time. Sharing, Audrey

Sunil Kumar Kunnoth from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India) on November 01, 2013:

Informative and very useful. I should give it a try as I have some doubts on the topic. Your tips gives me confidence. Keep on writing such nice and helpful hubs. Thank you for sharing your knowledge.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on June 19, 2013:

@Peggy-correctly attributing images is of prime importance to me and hence this small tutorial to especially help out those who are new to online writing and wish to use images in their articles.

Thanks for the votes and shares.

@Rose-I'm glad you found this helpful. Correct attribution can save many a probable problems. Thanks for the read and vote.

rose-the planner from Toronto, Ontario-Canada on June 19, 2013:

Excellent article with loads of helpful and great tips! Thanks so much for sharing. (Voted Up). -Rose

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on June 19, 2013:

Hi Rajan,

So many people improperly use photos that they find on the web. Thanks for writing this! Up and useful votes. Sharing and pinning.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on March 22, 2013:

Thanks gkerosi. I'm glad it was helpful.

Geoffrey Kerosi from Nairobi on March 21, 2013:

I have learnt a lot from this hub. Keep it up.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on August 28, 2012:

Gail, that is good. I hope you can do it now.

Gail Louise Stevenson from Mason City on August 28, 2012:

I tried it on Google Chrome and the options did appear. When I used Internet Explorer, it didn't work.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on August 27, 2012:

gail, when you open the commonswikimedia.org site, type the name of picture you are searching for. Then, a page with many pictures of your search term will open. Click on the picture of your choice. An enlarged picture will open and in some seconds a list to the right of the picture opens as I have shown in this tutorial.

Some photos might not show this list, but most of them do.

I hope this solves your problem.

Gail Louise Stevenson from Mason City on August 27, 2012:

You're welcome. I tried wikimedia, but the options don't appear by the photo. When I click on a photo, I get a large photo with no options at all. I must be doing something wrong.

Gail Louise Stevenson from Mason City on August 27, 2012:

I did click on a picture, but there were no options appearing beside it. There was just a big picture.

Gail Louise Stevenson from Mason City on August 27, 2012:

Thanks, too. I'm glad I found your hub, so now maybe I can incorporate images into my hubs. Thanks again, Gail.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on August 27, 2012:

gail, I hope this simplifies it enough for you to be able to incorporate images in your hubs. Glad you found it useful. Thanks for visiting.

Gail Louise Stevenson from Mason City on August 26, 2012:

I was afraid of using someone else's images on wikimedia and elsewhere-and I don't really know how to import images to my hubs yet. After reading the directions here I will try again. Great information and directions.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on August 21, 2012:

Thanks for reading Mahesh.

maheshtcr1 on August 21, 2012:

Informative hub......

Thank you rajan jolly...........

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on August 09, 2012:

From wikicommons you can use any number of images. From other sites use max 2 images from each site, Sujith

You can g0 to the learning center and read everything there.

The learning center link is

https://hubpages.com/learningcenter/contents

Good luck.

Sreejith k from Kerala, India on August 09, 2012:

Thanks for your response once again. How many images can we import from such sites in a single hub?

Sreejith k from Kerala, India on August 09, 2012:

Thank you so much .

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on August 09, 2012:

Hi Sujith - I'm glad you found this hub to be useful.

Regarding your question, no it will not be a problem getting Adsense approval even if you use wiki commons pictures. The only thing you have to do is to attribute it properly as explained in this hub.

Secondly, do not apply before you have completed 6 months of active hubbing here, meaning keep writing and posting hubs regularly during these 6 months. Have at least 25 hubs published during this period.

Hope this helps you.

Welcome to Hubpages.

Sreejith k from Kerala, India on August 09, 2012:

Thank u so much rajan sir. I was searching for this hub. I am new here.

but i have a doubt . will there be any problem in getting adsense when we take pictures from wiki media commons?

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on July 01, 2012:

bdegiulio, Thanks for reading and appreciating. I'm glad you found it informative and useful.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on July 01, 2012:

I'm glad you like the hub. This hub was written to help out the newbies, as to many like me, it is the first brush with online writing and incorporation of images which has a lot of complexities associated with their usage for a starter. I'm glad this hub is useful in that respect.

Thanks for giving it a read and commenting.

Andrew Spacey from Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire,UK on July 01, 2012:

Many thanks for this. Wikimedia Commons is a great resource. It also has unusual angles on subjects which you don't find elsewhere. For new hubbers who are a little uncertain your advice will make sure they select the correct picture and give due attribution.

Bill De Giulio from Massachusetts on July 01, 2012:

Very helpful info. Thanks for the education and for sharing.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on July 01, 2012:

Glimmer Twin Fan, I'm glad this hub helped. Thanks for the read and vote.

Claudia Mitchell on July 01, 2012:

Extremely helpful to me. Thanks! Voted up.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on March 26, 2012:

Hi Debbie,

I agree. I'm glad to be of help. Pictures make the hub look so vibrant.

Thanks for stopping by to read, appreciate and vote.

Thanks.

Deborah Brooks Langford from Brownsville,TX on March 26, 2012:

I have gotten so scared of using pictures unless they say free. and then i am scare.. LOl. but this hub is really helping me

thank you for sharing this hub

voted up

Debbie

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on March 24, 2012:

bankscottage, all images on the web are not available for use due to copyright issues and different licenses attached to them. It is always better to search for images which have a clear cut option for commercial use. Even then, proper attribution is a requirement.

I hope you find this a helpful guide.

Thanks for the vote & bookmark.

Welcome to HP.

Mark Shulkosky from Pennsylvania on March 24, 2012:

Great Hub. I am fairly new to HP, but do use photos. I have been using at least the URL for an attribute and the source name if possible. The copyright issue has been a concern for me. Sometimes I find that the photo I need is one that I don't have or one that is too specific for the public photo sites. I have bookmarked wikimedia commons as another source for photos. Voted up and useful.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on March 24, 2012:

ithabise, I am happy to note the hub has offered you an insight into image use in hubs. It becomes extremely easy once we get used to doing it.

Thanks for all the compliments. I appreciate your visit and comments.

Michael S from Danville, VA on March 24, 2012:

THANK YOU! This hub is so useful. I am one who has found photo attribution daunting. In fact, I have just recently learned how to do it properly. But as you said, once you get the gist of it, it becomes second nature. You've helped many.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on March 24, 2012:

sholland, thanks for giving this hub a read as also for the votes and sharing. I'm thankful for the bookmark. I hardly ever feel the need to go to other sites for images as Wikicommons hosts almost the complete variety of images.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on March 24, 2012:

Melovy, yes Wikicommons has the largest variety & all the images are free to use under different conditions of attribution.

I appreciate your visit and comments.

Susan Holland from Southwest Missouri on March 24, 2012:

Great info! I usually use Google and give the URL source. I will bookmark Wikimedia for future use. Thanks for sharing this! Votes and shared! :-)

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on March 24, 2012:

Christy, the purpose of writing this hub is exactly this. I hope this helps those who are looking for some kind of a pictorial help with use of images in hubs.

Thanks for the read and vote. Much appreciated.

Yvonne Spence from UK on March 24, 2012:

Rajan, if I need a photo and don’t have it in my own collection I go to Wikicommons first because I find it the easiest site to use. I think you have done a great job explaining it here and this would be helpful to someone new to Hubbing.

Christy Birmingham from British Columbia, Canada on March 24, 2012:

This hub is very useful for new hubbers who are not sure about the rules for adding photos to hubs. Well done Rajan, I vote up!

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on March 24, 2012:

Alocsin, using images in hubs definitely adds to the overall value of a hub. I did face a lot of problems when I started out as this was my first brush with article writing and incorporation of so many capsules. Of all the capsules the photo incorporation capsule is of paramount importance as it's here that most newbies tend to make mistakes. I have seen many of them use watermarked images too.

That apart because of the copyright and attribution issues related to images, I thought it best to do my bit in this direction.

Thanks for stopping by to read, comment & vote.

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on March 24, 2012:

Quite useful to the new hubber -- I normally use Flickr for my images but am glad to know about this resource. Voting this Up and Useful.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on March 24, 2012:

Kelly, that's a real big compliment coming from a seasoned hubber like you. I'm so happy the hub helped that wee bit.

Take care, get well soon and thanks for all the lovely words.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on March 24, 2012:

jenubouka, I'm so glad that this hub has been of value to you. Just the reason I wrote this. Thanks so much for the kind words.

Kelly Umphenour from St. Louis, MO on March 24, 2012:

I do use Wikimedia but there's a step you made easier for me so thank you!! This is excellent!

jenubouka on March 24, 2012:

This I did not know and what an extremely helpful tutorial on how to get a photo! I think that some may have an awesome hub, yet they may lack the ability to take the pictures or not have the resources to get one. So being able to obtain a FREE photo that won't deter your hub is very important. Awesome!!

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on March 23, 2012:

Vinaya, thanks for visiting and commenting. I learnt incorporating images in hubs the hard way. Hence this hub which should benefit new hubbers. Glad you stopped by.

Thanks.

Vinaya Ghimire from Nepal on March 23, 2012:

When I'm not using my own pictures, the site I trust is wikimediacommons.

This is very useful hub for the beginners. Well done Rajan