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Finding Images: Creative Commons & Public Domain

What are Creative Commons & public domain?

The images listed on this page fall under these categories:

  1. Public domain: When the copyright of a work expires 50 years after the death of the creator, it can be freely copied and used.
  2. Creative Commons licensedCreator waived certain rights to a work so it can be freely copied and used. Attribution is generally required unless it is CC License Zero. Other additional restrictions such as non-commercial uses, no derivatives, and share alike licence may apply.  
  3. Free with no or some restrictions: Similar to Creative Commons, creator waived all or some of the rights to a work so it can be freely copied and used. Creator or vendor may set their own restrictions for the use of their works. For example, they may require non-commercial uses or prohibit their works to be used in a standalone manner.

Check the copyright or licence terms of each source you want to use to see which type it is and to identify any restrictions that may apply.

Image source:, CC BY

General Photographs & Images

High Resolution Photos 

Vector Graphics & Icons 

Image Search Engines & Directories

Public Domain Images from Museums, Universities, Libraries, and Governments