Public domain images may be reproduced, altered and distributed without permission. This is because either because their copyright expired (and was not renewed), or because the author specifically released his/her images to the public domain. However, when using the sites below, it is important to check each image to make sure it is within the public domain and has no restrictions on its use. Some images may be used for educational purposes, but not commercially.
Additionally, materials that you use or download must cite the author/creator and the original source.
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A Creative Commons (CC) license is one of several public copyright licenses that enable the free distribution of an otherwise copyrighted work. For more information about the Creative Commons licenses, click here.
About Google Images
Google Images is a search engine specifically for locating online images. In addition to searching by keyword, Google Images also offers the option to search by image. If you already have an image and want to know where it comes from, who it is, etc. you can click the Camera icon to search Google Images for that particular image.
Search Filters in Google Images
When searching Google Images, you can filter image results using Tools. Filter images by Size (Large, Medium, Icon), Color, Type (Clip Art, Line Drawing, GIF, etc.), Time, and Usage Rights (Creative Commons licenses, Commercial & other licenses). Use the "Usage rights" filter to find images that have license information attached to them. Google filters images by license based on information provided by the sites that host those images, or the image provider.
Note: It is important to take proper steps to ensure that your selected image was uploaded by the original copyright holder who has the right to apply licenses. Not all images found in Google Images may be licensed for use. Follow the suggested steps below to confirm an image's ownership and license information.
Searching for Creative Commons Images: