An introduction to the resources available to support your learning
If you're doing a course that requires use of images - whether architectural images, scores, manuscripts, archives, and so on, whether you create these images yourself or use images that are created by others - you'll need to be able to cite them properly, present them effectively and store them for easy retrieval.
There is a lot of information available on the best ways of producing your own images, around file types and sizes, resolution and editing. The University of Michigan has put together a useful guide with some advice on this:
Choosing sensible file names and grouping images together effectively is really important. It's also vital that you keep this practice up to date - especially if you're creating most of the images yourself.
If you're planning to store the images on your computer, ensure that you have an effective back-up system - read our page about managing and backing up your files for advice.
Many reference management software will allow you to upload and store your images in a variety of file formats. You can use the fields available to include detail of each of the images and to create your own archive of images.
If you want to use images you do not own, and which are not in the public domain, then how you use them will determine your rights in relation to them. If you're using or referring to images in an assignment which will remain unpublished, then citing them effectively is usually sufficient. However, if you intend to publish or print the images (e.g. publishing your thesis, creating a presentation or poster) then you will have to be sure that you not only cite them correctly but that you have permission to reuse and reproduce the image. This usually depends on its license.