These websites provide works that you can use. The works are in the public domain, licensed for educational use, or published with Creative Commons licenses. Some sites have recommended search terms to find Creative Commons works.

When using any of these resources it is your responsibility to abide by the terms of use stated on the web site. Citations are required.

We are adding to these lists regularly. If you find a site that is a good resource and not already listed, please contact the Copyright Office.


2Learn  - A K-12 teacher resource image gallery

Flickr – Use their advance search options to search for creative commons licenced images.

Flickr Commons – Access to world public photo archives.

Google – Use their advance search options (under settings) to search for creative commons licenced images. Usage Rights (choose the use you need).

Images Canada – images from participating Canadian cultural institutions

Internet Archive – Library of free books, movie, software, music ,websites, etc.

Metropolitan Museum of Art Online Collection – all images are identified by license.

Morphbank – Biological image database.

MorgueFile – Free image gallery

Open Clipart– Free clipart gallery

NASA Images – Nasa images available for educational and non-commercial use.

New York Public Library Digital Collections – public domain image gallery

Pics 4 Learning – Image gallery for teachers and students.

Pixabay – creative commons CC0 licensed images and videos

Public Health Image Library – Free image gallery. Note: Viewing discretion is advised.

The Noun Project – Free icons and symbols

Unsplash – Creative Commons 0 licensed image gallery.

Wellcome Images – medicine, science, society and culture image gallery.

Wikimedia Commons – Free image gallery

Royalty Free Images– Free image gallery


CCMixter - collaborate with musicians around the world. 

Jamendo - Free streaming/Free download music site.

Royalty Free Music - Royalty free stock music library.

Wave Source – sound effects

Open education resources/open access resources

Athabasca University Press - An Open Access Press.

BioMed Central – Peer reviewed journals in Biology, Clinical Medicine and Health

Directory of Open Access Journals - Directory of high quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals. 

Open Education Resources Commons - Online digital library of open educational resources. 

UNESCO Open Access Publications - An open door to UNESCO's  knowledge. 

Wikipedia - The free encyclopedia. 

RGO Library and Learning Commons OER Listings - Listing of organizations and resources of OA and OER.

Citation resources

BibMe - Automatic bibiography maker that auto-fills. 

KnightCite - Calvin University, Hekman Library. Citation tool for various citation styles. 

Purdue University OWL – Online Writing Lab, APA Formatting and Style Guide.

University of Acukland Referencite – Quick©ite. A citation generator in various citation styles. 

Reference and Citation Management tools- RGO Library's Reference and Citation Tools. 

Bow Valley College Guide to APA Style - RGO Library's Guide to APA Style. 


Youtube – Help guide for finding Creative Commons videos. You can also use their filters to find works with Creative Commons licences.

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