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All Public Domain and Creative Commons images can be saved to your computer and reused in your own work, whether it is a PowerPoint, blog, wiki or other instance. It is always best practice to reference your images even if they are in the Public Domain. You can also hyperlink your image to its source page. See Best practices for attribution for tips on referencing your images.
Below is an example of good attribution or referencing of an image from Wikimedia Commons. Note that text and image are hyperlinked to the source page.
"Everything is Going to be Alright" artwork by Martin Creed, Christchurch Art Gallery, Christchurch, New Zealand by Michal Klajban - CC-BY-SA 4.0
How to automatically reference images in PowerPoint and Word
1. Click Insert in the top ribbon
2. Click Online Pictures
3. Search for an image
4. Keep Creative Commons Only ticked
5. Click the image and choose Insert
6. Your image shows with hyperlinks to the source and the Creative Commons Licence below it.
This Photo by Unknown Author is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0
- Berserkon.com Over 2 million free clip art images.
- WPClipart Very large, searchable database of public domain images on a variety of topics, including famous artworks. All are free to use and modify.
- Google icons Icons (symbols) used in Google applications. Open access files allow icons to be downloaded and altered.
- The Noun Project Icons and images. Sign up to be eligible for free downloads (image credit will be included).
- Freepik Free, editable graphic designs suitable for posters, menus, cards, etc. Include the attribution "Designed by Freepik".
- Brusheezy Free Photoshop textures, patterns and brushes.
Other Public Domain Image Sources
Referencing "free" resources
Photo by Brooke Lark on Unsplash
Remember since you are working in an academic environment referencing will ALWAYS be required. Referencing means you are covered in relation to copyright and plagiarism by acknowledging the resource is not yours and it also helps you or someone else find it again if required. For more information on copyright and referencing have a look at the above tab called APA Referencing
Sound - Mostly Free Sources
Note : All Ara computers can access Audacity which is software you can use to record your own sounds.
Royalty free sounds and music
Includes audio files. Change the "All Content" option to "Audio" to find this range. [Formerly CC Search]
Royalty-free audio, sound effects, film & visual effects. Small fee per item but no restrictions on use.
Royalty Free Music by Bensound
Royalty free music for use in websites - there is a charge if you can't credit the music or want it in a wav. file.
Free music for download. Browse by genre, mood, instrument.
YouTube Sound Effects
Free sound effects. Browse by broad category or search by narrower topic.
Video - Mostly free resources
Free educational videos from the world's top universities.
Videos can be used under a CC BY-NC-SA licence. Provide the attribution statement “All Khan Academy content is available for free at www.khanacademy.org”.
Educational videos created by TedEd collaborators or by teachers who have added supplementary content to YouTube videos.
Free background video footage, mostly scenic.
Videos can only be downloaded if they have a Creative Commons license. To find CC videos, click the “Filter” tab at top left and look for the “Creative commons” option, or use CC Search. To view licence details for a video, click the "Share" button, then look for "SHOW MORE". Some also allow remixing and will link to a video editor.
Using Google images
Everyone tends to "Google" images. To avoid copyright breaches, follow this process:
1) Search in Google images
2) Click on Tools
3) Click on Usage Rights
4) Select Labeled for reuse - these images are usually from the Public Domain or Creative Commons.
Creative Commons Search and Referencing Tools
Search for Creative Commons images, music, sound effects or video via CC search tools: Europeana, Flickr, Fotopedia, Google, Jamendo, Open Clip Art Library, SpinXpress, Wikimedia Commons, YouTube, Pixabay, ccMixter or SoundCloud.
Warning Don't assume that results from CC Search or Let's CC can be legally used for your purposes. Verify that the item you want to use has a suitable CC license by following the link provided to the site on which it was originally used.
Creative Commons (2018) Best practices for attribution.