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Digital Scholarship - Online Tools & Resources

A short video introduction to copyright and fair use in digital exhibits

Sources for Openly Licensed Media

This is a list of databases to find openly licensed material to use in online projects or digital exhibits. Always cite image and media sources--just like you should always cite sources in a paper. Best practices are to cite the creator (if known), cite the archive or organization that provided the image, and to link directly back to where the image came from. 


Completely free to use bank of high quality images. Though you aren't required to give credit, but it is appreciated and, again, best practices should be encouraged whenever you use an image you did not create. From Unsplash: "Even though attribution isn’t required, Unsplash photographers appreciate it as it provides exposure to their work and encourages them to continue sharing."

Example: Photo by Jeremy Bishop on Unsplash

CC Search

From Creative Commons, a search tool for looking for open source or public domain resources to reuse. CC Search aggregates from a variety of cultural heritage institutions as well as Flickr and Wikimedia Commons. Images on CC Search will tell you exactly how you can reuse and how you should cite them in your work. 

Example: "Standing Female Figure (Gheonga)" by Tsogho is licensed under CC BY 3.0

Free Music Archive 

Free to use music. You can search by the specific license you need. Remember, cite the creators of music as well!  

Google Images Advanced Image Search 

Scroll all the way down to the bottom of the page to the "Usage Rights" field. Select "Free to use or share" here. It is best to double-check that you can find usage rights on the actual image's website as well.

The Gender Spectrum Collection

From Vice, this collection provides stock footage of trans and non-binary models. Photos are CC licensed, but there are also very specific usage guidelines to ensure that images are used respectfully. 

Smithsonian Open Access

Smithsonian's portal for discovering openly licensed images and content.