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Open Educational Resources: Images

Where To Find OERs

Images

There are many image resources on the web that are openly licensed images to use in your courses. Below are just a few.

Creative Common's Search Engine

Flickr Commons

Google Image Search

Pexels

Pixabay

Stocksnap.io

Wikimedia Commons

Creative Common's CC Search

CC Search

CC Search is a tool that allows openly licensed and public domain works to be discovered and used by everyone. Creative Commons, the nonprofit behind CC Search, is the maker of the CC licenses, used over 1.4 billion times to help creators share knowledge and creativity online.

CC Search searches across more than 300 million images from open APIs and the Common Crawl dataset. It goes beyond simple search to aggregate results across multiple public repositories into a single catalog, and facilitates reuse through features like machine-generated tags and one-click attribution.

Google Image Search

Google Image Search

Use the advanced image search by using the "Usage rights" filter

  1. Type in your search term within Google's Image search.
  2. Click on "Tools".
  3. Use the "Usage rights" dropdown menu and select the appropriate licensing rights. You may need to double check the website to make sure the images indeed do have CC licensing or permissions to be used.

Flickr

Flickr Commons

The key goal of The Commons is to share hidden treasures from the world's public photography archives. Under "The Commons," cultural institutions that have reasonably concluded that a photograph is free of copyright restrictions are invited to share such photograph under their new usage guideline called "no known copyright restrictions."

Pexels

Pexels

Free stock photos. All photos on Pexels can be used for free for commercial and noncommercial use. Attribution is not required. Giving credit to the photographer or Pexels is not necessary but always appreciated. You can modify the photos. Be creative and edit the photos as you like.

Pixabay

Pixabay

Pixabay is a vibrant community of creatives, sharing copyright free images and videos. All contents are released under Creative Commons CC0, which makes them safe to use without asking for permission or giving credit to the artist - even for commercial purposes.

StockSnap.io

Stocksnap.io

All photos on StockSnap have been released under Creative Commons - CC0. This license allows you to download, copy, modify, and distribute the photos, even for commercial purposes, all without asking permission.

Wikimedia Commons

Wikimedia Commons

Wikimedia Commons is a collection of over 49,000,000 freely usable media files to which anyone can contribute. Media files include sounds, images, and videos.