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Open Educational Resources

Finding Openly Licensed Photos and Illustrations

Google Advanced Image Search (Scroll all the way down to the bottom to "Usage Rights") 

Usage rights correspond to Creative Commons Licenses (see the abbreviations above in red) which allow free use and sharing, but not always modification or commercial use.

Other Ways to Locate Openly-Licensed Images

openverse Browse over 500 million images, available for reuseAll content is under Creative Commons licenses or in the public domain.

Wikimedia Commons (Terms: CC and public domain)

Creative Commons Image Directories (Terms: CC and public domain)

The Noun Project (search CC-licensed and public domain icons by keyword)

Figshare (Terms: CC-BY Licensed) research-related images, data etc. 

Vecteezy (Terms: CC and Commercial) 

Pixabay (Terms: CC0 = public domain)

Photos for Class (Automatic Citation)

Various public domain image websites (Terms: public domain, but read the fine print)

These are just a few of the many places to find openly-licensed images or illustrations.

Reverse image search: TinEye (search CC-licensed images by color)

* Public Domain: Works whose exclusive intellectual property rights have expired, have been waived, forfeited, or are inapplicable.

Open Image Resources

Creating Required Attributions for using Openly-Licensed Works

Reusing works that have a Creative Commons license ALWAYS requires attribution.

Learn how to attribute CC-licensed works by following these best practices-- or use a browser plug-in such as OpenAttribute to help you.

The most common forms of attribution include the three elements, two of which are hyperlinked:

(c) Author Name "Name of work [hyperlinked to where you found the work]" License [hyperlinked to license]

For example:

Red umbrella against blue sky

(c) Quinn Dombrowski "Red and blue" CC BY-SA 2.0

License terms on some sites (this one is from may appear as Creative Commons icons or appear when a hyperlink is moused over.

Screenshot showing "Some rights reserved" hyperlinked to a Creative Commons license from underneath a photo on