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Find reusable content using the Advanced Search page

The usage rights filter on the Advanced Search and Advanced Image Search pages shows you pages that are either labeled with a Creative Commons license or labeled as being in the public domain. 

Content Reuse Designations:

Free to use or share

  • Your results will only include content that is either labeled as public domain or carry a license that allows you to copy or redistribute its content, as long as the content remains unchanged.

Free to use, share, or modify

  • Your results will only include content that is labeled with a license that allows you to copy, modify, or redistribute in ways specified in the license.
  • If you want content for commercial use, be sure to select the appropriate option containing the term commercially.

Images Labeled for Reuse

Once you have a set of images, click on Search Tools and select Usage Rights. This allows you to limit images that have been given a Creative Commons license allowing others to legally resuse their images. Teach your students to isolate these types of images and then site them appropriately. You name the license and give a link to it as well as a link to the image itself.

Here are eamples for citing Creative Commons images in PowerPoints and websites: taken from How to Attribute a CC Work:

An Ideal Attribution
This video features the song “Play Your Part (Pt.1)” by Girl Talk, available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial license. © 2008, Greg Gillis.
 
A Realistic Attribution
Photo by mollyali, available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial license.
 
A Derivative Work Attribution
This is a video adaptation of the novel Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom by Cory Doctorow, available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike license. Copyright © 2003 Cory Doctorow.