Creative Commons Media Resources

If you are looking for images to use in academic projects or web sites, be sure to be aware of licensing and copyright issues.  Below are a number of resources to help you find free-to-use or Creative Commons licensed images. Always attribute photographers or source for images, and credit any photo editing, correction, or manipulation done by you or others.



Search Creative Commons

“Please note that is not a search engine, but rather offers convenient access to search services provided by other independent organizations. CC has no control over the results that are returned. Do not assume that the results displayed in this search portal are under a CC license. You should always verify that the work is actually under a CC license by following the link.”

Flickr Advanced Image Search

Although Flickr is searched by “Search Creative Commons” above, CB Creative Bloq helpfully advises that you can do a more in depth search here and can save a library of links to your favorites.

Google Advanced Image Search

 Wikimedia’s “Free Image Resources” Page

Overwhelming number of resources listed here. Let me know ( if you find any particularly useful.

The New York Public Library Digital Collections

“This site is a living database with new materials added every day, featuring prints, photographs, maps, manuscripts, streaming video, and more.”

Internet Archive

“The Internet Archive, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, is building a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. Like a paper library, we provide free access to researchers, historians, scholars, the print disabled, and the general public.”