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Best practices suggest that you never just assume and trust that an image has been posted by the copyright holder. Always do your due diligence and attempt to verify that an image is actually posted under an appropriate Creative Commons license by the rights holder by clicking through links to the original image.
Where to Search for Images
Creative Commons Search
Creative Commons Search offers convenient access to search services of other organizations (i.e. Wikimedia Commons, Google Images, YouTube, Flickr, & more). It is always best to try and verify that the work is under a CC license by following the link.
Use Flickr's Creative Commons search options to find images that are free to use and repurpose.
Search for free images available for non-commercial use.
Search for unrestricted, free images.
Quality stock photos available for commercial and non-commercial use for free.
When searching for images using Google, always be sure to click through to the original website. Cite the original website NOT Google. It is important to ask yourself if this is a re-post or if it looks like the rights holder posted the photo.
Free photo archive.
A photo sharing platform. Contributors offer their images under Creative Commons licenses.
Free stock photos for personal and commercial use with no attribution required.
The Pics4Learning collection is intended to provide copyright friendly images for use by students and teachers in an educational setting. The original photographers of each image retain the copyright to these images and have graciously allowed their use in this collection.
Search free images.
A database of freely usable media files to which anyone can contribute.
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