Copyright Friendly Resources

  • Can I Use That Picture?

    When you search for images on websites it is important to make sure you have permission to use the image and cite the source for the image. There are many ways you can cite your source depending on the type of project you are creating.  

    • List the images and their sources at the end of your project
    • Put the source on the page/slide where the image is
    • Use a technology tool to stamp the citation on the image itself

Image Sources with Content Filters

  • Appropriate for all students.

    Please read all points of information regarding contribution, advertisements, and outside links. 

    Most library resources include images for student use. Advanced search and filter options allow staff and students to narrow search to images only. 

    Photos for Class

    Citation watermarked on the picture (author, name, link, license)

    Linked to other photo sites, caution students to stay within site when downloading/viewing images

    Filtered content, appropriate for elementary 

    Pics4Learning

    Curated image library, free for educational use

    Downloadable images

    Save images to Google Drive

    Photographer retains copyright of image. Citation present to copy/paste

    Filtered content, appropriate for elementary

    Appropriate for all students.

    Please read all points of information regarding contribution, advertisements, and outside links. 

    Most library resources include images for student use. Advanced search and filter options allow staff and students to narrow search to images only. 

    Photos for Class

    Citation watermarked on the picture (author, name, link, license)

    Linked to other photo sites, caution students to stay within site when downloading/viewing images

    Filtered content, appropriate for elementary 

    Pics4Learning

    Curated image library, free for educational use

    Downloadable images

    Save images to Google Drive

    Photographer retains copyright of image. Citation present to copy/paste

    Filtered content, appropriate for elementary

    PIXNIO

    Public domain images for personal and commercial use

    Free to download, edit, share, copy and distribute

    No attribution required

    Search by color or topic

    Ads present on site

    Ability to upload photos

    Filtered content, appropriate for elementary

    NASA Image and Video Library

    Includes images, video, audio

    Downloadable

    NASA must be acknowledged as the source

    Some images may contain copyright restrictions

     

    NASA Image and Video Library

    Includes images, video, audio

    Downloadable

    NASA must be acknowledged as the source

    Some images may contain copyright restrictions

Image Sources Without Filters

  • Appropriate for secondary students, with adult supervision.

    Content use may be restricted by licenses, and will require the user to be familiar with Creative Commons licenses.

    Creative Commons

    Searchable images and curated collections, filter by provider, license

    Photo attribution available with images

    Licenses available with each image - user must check image for usage rights and requirements

    reuse, adaptation, commercial use, attribution

    CC0 or public domain

    Not filtered for students

    Opportunities to teach students how to contribute and borrow - refer to Creative Commons tab

    Google image search

    search for an image

    select Tools

    select Usage Rights > Labelled for noncommercial reuse

    PEXELS

    Free for personal and commercial use, not for sales

    Free to download, edit, modify photos

    Free stock videos

    No attribution required. Giving credit to the photographer or Pexels is appreciated.

    Includes sponsored photos that redirect to a sales link

    Account creation requires parent permission, accounts not required for use

    Ability to upload photos

    Not filtered for students

    Pixabay

    Royalty free stock photos and videos

    All content released under Creative Commons CC0, safe to use without asking permission or giving credit to the artist, even for commercial purposes

    Turn on the SafeSearch filter to help block inappropriate content - browser/session specific

    pxhere

    All pictures are released under Creative Commons CC0 into the public domain

    Free to copy, modify, distribute, and use images for personal and commercial purposes

    No attribution required

    Ability to upload photos

    Not filtered for students

    Photo sources listed below require a minimum age of 13 or older.  

    Unsplash

    Free for personal and commercial use

    Free to download, edit, modify photos

    No attribution required. Giving credit to the photographer and linking to Unsplash is appreciated.

    Ability to contribute photos

    Account creation optional

    wikimedia commons logo

    Searchable 

    Free to copy, use and modify

    User must abide by Creative Commons license found on each image

    Ability to upload content, requires registering for an account

    Online, open-content media repository.  No professionals have reviewed content to assure validity of content.

    Not filtered for students

Sound Resources

  • Sound resources

    Refer to age restrictions and be aware that sound resources do not filter content.  

    All works used should be cited appropriately.  

    AUDIO CITATION FORMAT: 

    Creator/Author or performer. “Audio/Song Title.” Album/CD Title [if given]. Performance group [if given, or if different from creator/author]. Publishing Company, Web Site, or Record Label [if given], Year Published. Web link [if available/music found online].

    Examples:

    Music: "Tra-la-la" by Podington Bear From the Free Music Archive CC BY NC

    Iveza. “Beat Conductor.” Iveza. Soundzabound, 2011.

    Vladimir Sterzer. “Forgive Me.” Timeless Piano Dreams. Jamendo, 2010. http://www.jamendo.com/en/album/68337

    Wikimedia Commons Sounds

    attribution required, including hyperlink back to Wikimedia Commons

    work can be modified and transformed, but attribution must be given and indicate the original work was modified

    good source for sound effects

    YouTube Audio Library

    students 18 year or older, 13 years old must have parental consent to use service. Not available to students under 13

    search by genre, mood, instrument, duration, and attribution

    some resources licensed under Creative Commons

    YouTube Sound Effects

    students 18 year or older, 13 years old must have parental consent to use service. Not available to students under 13

    Soundjay Sound Effects

    for use in student projects only

    attribution appreciated, but not required

    Audionautix

    licensed under Creative Commons for reuse and remix

    search by genre or mood

    downloadable mp3 files

    attribution required

    Incompetech

    free account required

    use items licensed by Creative Commons, attribution required

    dig ccmixter

    students 13 years or older

    Licensed under Creative Commons, refer to terms of each license

    attribution required

    downloadable mp3 files
    account optional