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attribution: Attribute and contribute are related words. They both have to do with giving. Attribution is giving credit to the person who created what you are using. You would need to cite your source.
commercial: This is not talking about an advertisement on t.v. It is talking about business-- buying and selling. When you are doing something commercially, it is normally for profit.
Creative Commons License: This means that the creator is willing to let others use the creation without charging them. However, there are some small requirements. Each picture will have different requirements.
public domain: The picture, music, or other created is not owned by any one person. It belongs to everyone. Sometimes this is because the item is very old and the owner's rights have expired without being renewed.
Royalty: If you or anyone creates something, it belongs to you. You can give people the right to use it by requiring them to pay you. When a royalty is charged, you are paying to get to use something.
Royalty free: You don't have to pay anything to use the created item. You still will probably have to provide attribution though.
Another Explanation of all of this from BTFA Image Resources:

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"Harvesting" and Organizing Pictures
I'm using the term "harvesting" because you will be looking for pictures that you can pick, save, and use. As you save them, you will need to keep up with the information required for attribution. I try to save all the pictures for each project in a folder. For example, if I were creating a book trailer for the book Heist Society by Ally Carter, I would create a folder called Heist Society. That folder would be in another folder called Book Trailers.

When you find a picture you want to use and are allowed to use,right click on the picture and save picture as and add the picture to your folder.
Next, open PowerPoint and create a new slide. Paste the picture on the slide. Resize it to make it smaller by going to the picture corners and pushing in.
Go back to the picture on the web and right click again. This time click on copy image location and then paste that url onto your PowerPoint slide.
Next, open Citation Machine and fill in the answers while you have access to the original picture. Create the citation and then paste it on your PowerPoint slide.

Last and much later, at the end of your project, you will add your citations as needed. If you are creating a video using MovieMaker, Photo Story 3, Animoto or some other web 2.0 application, you can add the PowerPoint slides as pictures (by saving them as jpegs instead of as a presentation) to your project.

This seems like a lot to do, especially if you have just been harvesting pictures and using them however you wanted without citing your sources. However, it will get faster for you with practice. Also, the ethical thing to do is to give credit where credit is due and required.

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  1. Find Flickr Images that you can ethically use :
  2. behold.png
    is a search engine for creative commons pictures.
  3. Google Images Advanced Search

    • Scroll down to usage rights.
    • Choose free to use or share.
    • Scroll back to the top and type in what you are looking for.
  4. Image BaseImages are completely free via a creative commons license. Instructed to treat like public domain! Database is searchable.Pics4Learning - free for students and educators
  5. Image After "Image*After is a large online free photo collection. You can download and use any image or texture from our site and use it in your own work, either personal or commercial. " This site is great for finding pictures to use in creating book trailers. There are various ways to search.
  6. Free Stock Photos"free stock photos for free online use. has 6263 free stock photos available (link back and attribution required) with 36 pending. So, if you need a photo, take a photo. Generous sharing of high-quality images. Free is an archive of images, where the photographers have agreed to share their photos for use by others. The free photos can be used personally or commercially. We encourage you to use the images off-line as well for your school projects, church uses, cards, calendars etc.
  7. Public Domain ImagesAll of these pictures are in the public domain.
  8. Clipart, Etc. - from Florida's Educational Technology Clearinghouse "Welcome to quality educational clipart. Every item comes with a choice of image size and format as well as complete source information for proper citations in school projects. No advertisement-filled pages with pop-up windows or inappropriate links here. A friendly license allows teachers and students to use up to 50 educational clipart items in a single, non-commercial project without further permission."
  9. Stock Footage for Free - You need to register, but there are free video clips.
  10. Teacher Files Includes a Word Art Generator. Example of what can be created:fiction.pngIncludes other free educational clip art, web page backgrounds, page dividers, place value clip art, currency, symbols, etc.
  11. Copyright Free and Public Domain Media SourcesExtensive listing of copyright free and public domain sites. Be sure to check the copyright requirements of each image you use.
  12. U. S. Government Photos and Images
  13. Uncle Sam's Photos
  14. Teacher Created Resources
  15. Free Public Domain Pictures

Everything below is under construction.

Awesome Clipart for Educators
This doesn't have very much.

Making Videos on the Web: A Guide for Teachers
My Avatar Editor
Create Super Hero Avatar

Copyright Friendly Search Engines:
ARKive - pictures of life on Earth.

  • Check free to use and modify. See what you get.
  • Go back and just check free to use. You will get more, but won't be able to change it.

  • Search with tags and then with text. You'll get different results.
  • Make sure that Creative Commons ONLY is showing to search for copyright friendly pictures only.

Searching for and Citing Creative Commons Images in Flickr

Creative Commons -- These pictures and sounds were posted for others to use. Check the license for each item you want to use. You will need to cite the source in MLA format. That will be your attribution.


Google Image Advanced Search --
Stock Exchange:

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  • Search for what you want.
  • Let the mouse "hover" over pictures. It the picture has a white X that says iStockphoto, that picture is NOT available for free. Find other pictures without that marking.
Copyright Friendly Links :


  • Click to get No License Filtering .
  • Scroll down to browse instead of search.
  • You can choose the color you want the background to be and the number of images shown at a time.