Apps for Education – Finding Images

We know how much you hate plagiarism from your students, so why do you do it in your teaching?
Wait, what do you mean I’m plagiarizing, all my writing is my own and I always use citations?
I’m not talking about your writing, I’m talking about the images you use. Most of the time we just do a Google Search and save the image, like this right?

Google Image Search
Google Image Search

Well unless that image is in the Public Domain or created under Creative Commons Licensing you just committed copyright infringement (plagiarism)!

How can you avoid being an image criminal? By using better tools or searching techniques.

  • Many museums are beginning to put their works into the Public Domain.Here is a short list of article on this from Open Culture
  • More than 180,000 of the items in the New York Public Library Digital Collections are in the public domain.
  • News outlets, schools, and text-book authors may use NASA content without needing explicit permission.
  • Good Free Photos is a large Public Domain (12615) photo repository with high resolution free photos and vectors.
  • Wikimedia Commons a database of 34,221,345 freely usable media files to which anyone can contribute.
  • Search Photos For Class to download properly attributed, Creative Commons photos for school!
  • On Pixabay you may find and share images free of copyrights. All pictures are released under Creative Commons CC0 into the public domain.
  • Google and Bing both have the ability to search for images that are labeled for reuse. You just have to tell them to do it!
  • This is also true of video hosing sites like YouTube and Vimeo. There are filters attached to the search tool, you can use them to limit the results based upon usage licenses.

This list was compiled by previous knowledge which was jogged by Harvard Law Library’s Guide to Finding Public Domain & Creative Commons Media