CC Search is an engine where you to find Creative Commons content that you can share, use and remix for educational and other purposes. Using CC Search, you can search for a variety of resource types. Remember, though, you still need to attribute/cite sources with most cc content. Some public domain sources do not require attribution (though link backs and credit are always appreciated!)
For Images: using CC search, you can search from a variety of image sources, including:
- Pixabay – allows immediate sharing to various social network sites including Facebook and Twitter. Some high interest and high quality images. Free with no attribution required. This site also links to high quality stock photos you can pay to use.
- Open ClipArt
- Google Image
- Unsplash ( free photo sharing community)
For Media: you can cc search Europeana, Wikimedia Commons, and SpinXpress
For videos and music: you can cc search Youtube, ccMixter or Soundcloud
Remember that all the resources have individual licensing within the creative commons. You can even apply licenses to your own content online. For more about how to determine the licensing you want, visit: https://creativecommons.org/choose/
Knowing how you wish to use the resource can help in your search. In the CC search, you can select or deselect “resources you can modify or adapt” and “use for commercial purposes” depending up on your intent and context. In addition, don’t forget to give credit to the authors while reusing these resources!
Besides CC search, there are a few more places that you can search for Creative Commons Images:
- Wikipedia Public Domain listing – fairly comprehensive
- UnSplash – high resolution photos, free to use (even commercially) no attribution required (always appreciated though)
- Burning Well
- freefoto.com is one I like to use with younger students when developing digital stories or web-based projects
- Various governmental sites offer high quality images – always attribute source and note any special licensing requirements in their FAQ or About pages. These can be particularly helpful for Science and Social Studies!: NOAA photo library (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) ; US Library of Congress ; NASA ; Archives Canada ;
- PDPhoto.org – free public domain images
To get started with using CC search, first, go to the CC Search website.
Then, make sure to unclick the “Use for Commercial Purposes” if you are going to use that for education, and check/uncheck the box for “modify, adapt or build on” depending on your needs.
Thirdly, choose the source website you are going to search from, input your keywords, and click on the Green Search Button.
Finally, choose the right size and download the resource you want to use. Don’t forget to read the author rights and give credit to the author while using his/her work!
You can also watch this 1-minute video that shows you how to get started.