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This page provides help locating images, audio, textbooks and more that are free to use and modify provided you abide by any licensing terms noted on each site. This includes works in the public domain, and works that are made available under a Creative Commons license.
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Types of sources in this guide:
The Internet Archive offers over 20,000,000 freely downloadable books.
Digitized material from European libraries and museums, some of which is in the public domain.
A library of over 60,000 free eBooks.
Flickr - Creative Commons
Search by license type to locate images that can be used for a variety of purposes.
A discovery tool for openly licensed and public domain works.
Images are free to use and modify without attribution.
Find images for commercial or non-commercial use in accordance with the Pixabay license. Attribution is encouraged but not required.
Find images for commercial or non-commercial use in accordance with the Unsplash license. Attribution is encouraged but not required.
Open Education Resource (OER) databases provide access to teaching materials that can be reused and remixed under Creative Commons licenses.
Access to curated online learning and support materials and content creation tools.
A public digital library of OER including assignments, lecture materials, and assessment tools.
Open Social Work
A collaborative project that addresses open education, open access, open science, and the practices that support them
Open Case Studies at UBC
An interdisciplinary, open educational resource with case studies
Open Access Journals
Open access (OA) journals are free for anyone to read without a subscription. Many apply Creative Commons licenses to their content.
Open textbooks are free to use, share, and modify under Creative Commons licenses.
Below are some good places to find openly licensed videos online for reuse. Check license terms for individual videos as they vary.
Search then limit to "Movies." Be sure to check the License and/or Copyright Notice appearing alongside individual works.
Free stock footage clips.
Free video and audio clips ready for download and use.
After doing a search, select "More Filters" from the side menu to filter results by Creative Commons license types.
After doing a search, select "FILTERS" >> Creative Commons (under FEATURES).