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OER at Valencia College: Finding Images

This guide provides information on resources that can be used as supplementary course materials.

Library Resources

The Library provides access to databases that contain e-books, e-journals, images, videos, etc. that can be used to supplement textbooks and other course materials. Please let your liaison librarian know if you will be using OER's in your classes.

You can use this link to search across repositories.

The links on this guide may change, if you discover a dead link, please let me know: dramsingh1@valenciacollege.edu 

 

Finding Open Images

There are many image resources on the web, so here are just a few approaches to help you find openly licensed images to use in your courses. 

  • Google Image Search – find results from Flickr, Wikipedia, Wikimedia Commons, and general web pages

    • you can take advantage of the advanced image search, to refine your searching and to select a CC licensing you prefer in two ways.

    • Use the licensing filter

      1. Once you type in your search term, you will get an initial set of results

      2. you will have a list of filters on the top of the page, click on Search Tools

      3. use the licensing pull-down filter named Usage Rights to select the Creative Commons license you wish to search for. 

  • Use the Google Advanced Search

    • at the bottom of the advanced search page, you can use the Usage Rights pull down to select the Creative Commons license you wish to search for.

    • image of Google advanced search screen

  • Reminder – even though you filter, check on the actual image site to be sure of the CC licensing or user permissions.

  • Bing Image Search -  results from Flickr, Wikipedia, Wikimedia Commons, and general web pages.  Use the Bing filters to refine your searching and to select a CC licensing you prefer

    1. Once you type in your initial search, you will have an initial set of results

    2. use the Licensing pull-down to filter for the appropriate CC licensing (far right).  

    3. reminder – even though you filter, check on the actual image site to be sure of the CC licensing or user permissions.

       

  • Creative Commons Searching - this is a gateway to search other sites (Google images, YouTube, Flickr..etc) for content that is openly licensed

    • you can search thirteen different sites through this search engine including, but only one at a time, you can't search across sites.  

  • Wikimedia Commons – The Commons houses all of the media that is used in Wikipedia, as well as additional public domain and freely-licensed educational media.

    • The Commons does not provide an advanced search, everything on the site is either public domain or CC licensed.  You will have to check with each individual item you find to view the licensing.

  • Europeana – is a gateway to European cultural assets, through this one site you can search for artworks, cultural items, archival collections from participating institutions all around Europe.  This site is a gateway, and once you have selected the items you want you will be redirected to the website of the institution that owns the item, and often these sites will not have English translations.  

  • Flickr - is to image sharing as YouTube is to video sharing. There is content from individuals as well as organizations like the Metropolitan Museum, of Art and the Library of Congress among others.
  • TheNounProject - The Noun Project is a collection of openly licensed icons.  Most icons can be downloaded as both .PNG or .SVG files.  

Links

You can use this link to search across repositories.

The links on this guide may change, if you discover a dead link, please let me know: dramsingh1@valenciacollege.edu