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Reader Question: Image Credits

kermitsstickylittlefingers asks:

Dear Nicole, thanks a lot for your amazing blog which I have been following for years. My name is Julian and I am a PhD candidate working on tree frog attachment at Wageningen University in the Netherlands. Inspired by FYFD, I decided to start a science blog on bioadhesion and biomimetics. With respect to that, I would like to ask a question: How do you handle sources and referring to image credits and how do you always know to whom to refer? Thanks for the answer, Julian

Hi Julian,

That is an awesome topic you’re studying and sharing. I hope you keep up the great work.

I do my best to give appropriate credit when sourcing materials, but sometimes it can be quite hard to track down an original source. I’ve had to pass up great visuals on occasion because I simply could not determine whose work they originally were.

Fortunately, there is an invaluable tool out there for tracking down sources: Google Image Search. That service lets you upload a photo and it will show you other versions of that picture on other pages, which often helps in tracking down the proper original source. If you use the Chrome browser, you can simply right-click on a photo and select “Search Google for image” to automatically do this search.

Kudos to you for trying to do right by creators and credit them for their work. Good luck in your blogging and your research! (I <3 tree frogs.)

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