Quick Reference Guide to Finding Creative Commons Material

Quick Reference Guide to Finding Creative Commons Material

Information about Creative Commons

Search tools for finding Creative Commons and open access resources

These sites have material which is searchable by how they can be used, including whether they are under a Creative Commons licence:

Web resources where all material is CC licensed or open access


  • ck-12– creates and aggregates high quality curated Science, Technology, Engineering and Math content.
  • Wikibooks – an open-content textbooks collection.


  • Geograph – photographs of the British Isles all under CC licences.
  • Openphoto – a moderated photo community with over 3000 CC licensed photos in various categories.
  • Wellcome Collection – a collection of openly licensed images from topics ranging from medicine and magic to science.
  • OpenStreetMaps – a map of the world built by a community of mappers that contribute and maintain the source data.
  • Maps of the world (Wikipedia Commons) – collection of maps contained within the Wikimedia Commons repository.
  • Pixabay– a site where you can discover and share images free of all copyrights. All pictures are published under Creative Commons public domain deed CC0.
  • Europeana – a portal that allows you to view materials from a range of Europe’s leading galleries, libraries, archives and museums.
  • EOL – a site that gathers knowledge about all of Earth’s life forms and makes it available to everyone, anywhere.
  • PLOS – The Public Library of Science site aims to provide more open access to research materials.
  • Sciene Image – the CSIRO’s collection of CC licensed images.


  • CC mixter – CC sound remix tool and archive.
  • Jamendo – CC music distribution site.
  • CCHits – collaborative podcast where users can contribute, find, and share music under CC licences.
  • Soundcloud (Creative Commons) – an interactive community that shares various music and sounds under CC licenses.


  • CC wiki – Films – CC wiki listing notable CC licensed films.
  • Elepahnts Dream – Elephants Dream, open source film.
  • Odd Job Jack – Master flash files and bitmaps of every piece of art used in the Odd Job Jack cartoon, available under a CC licence.
  • Vimeo (Creative Commons) – CC licensed videos available on Vimeo.
  • TED – A collection of CC licensed short talks on topics from all disciplines and across all cultures.


  • Curriki– offers world-class learning materials freely available to educators, students, and parents around the world.
  • OER Commons – a dynamic digital hub offering OER support including materials tools and training.
  • Open Stax – provides an open space where authors and learners can share and freely adapt educational materials such as courses, books and reports.
  • WikiEducator – an evolving community based platform intended to facilitate collaborative learning
  • Saylor – provides online tuition free courses.
  • Wikiversity– a project dedicated to learning resources, learning projects and research for use in all levels from pre-school to university.
  • LiveBinders – provides learning resources for years K-12.
  • Open Education Resources (European Union) – a gateway that provides access to all existing European Open Education Resources.
  • Khan Academy – a website that provides free world-class education for anyone, anywhere.
  • P2PU – a community based and driven site that provides free courses on a range of topics.
  • Scootle (OER) – educational learning objects and digital resources made available under a CC License from Education Services Australia.
  • Mathsispower4u – the site provides free math lessons and exercises.


  • MITOpenCourseware – provides free, searchable, access to MIT’s course materials for educators, students, and self-learners around the world.
  • OpenDoar– a directory of open access academic repositories.
  •  Overmundo Banco de Cultura – Brazilian multi-format CC archive (in Portuguese, but you can view the licences in English).
  • OKR Open Knowledge Repository  – the World Bank’s open knowledge repository.


Web resources where some material is CC licensed or open access Images


  • YouTube –apply the creative commons filter.


  • The Internet Archive – The Internet Archive is an internet library, hosting thousands of CC-licensed and Public Domain video, audio, and text items.
  • Second Life –  a resident built virtual world, which allows open licensing for content created in the world.
  • Open Clip Art Library
  • The Light and Matter – series of introductory physics textbooks is available for free under a CC licence.
  • Trove – helps you find resources relating to Australia. It brings together content from libraries, museums, archives and other research organisations.

Remember that all CC material you use must be attributed. For information on how to attribute CC material, see ‘How to Attribute Creative Commons Material’.