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This guide is designed for FSCJ faculty to discover learning objects and other open educational resources. Faculty will also find information on adding and uploading content to share with colleagues.

Acceptable Images

Public Domain: Works that you can use in any way you want to. Most works enter the public domain once intellectual property laws expire, but some enter because creators wish for their work to be available without copyright law restrictions.

Creative Commons: Creative Commons is an organization that has made the process of applying copyright licenses much easier. Creators can choose from six licenses with a range of restrictions and easily access the license and legal code for their choice. This clear licensing and common-sense explanation of copyright makes it a lot easier to find and use work legally and ethically. 

While one could make an argument that we fall under the protection of Fair Use with LibGuide, we ask that you first attempt to find works that are available under Public Domain or Creative Commons. We want to promote open resources that are accessible to all people we serve - including FSCJ alumni and members of the public. We also want students to see that there are plenty of amazing, open, free resources that they'll be able to use beyond their time at FSCJ.  Think of your LibGuide as a way to promote the use of such materials.

If you feel that including an item that is not Public Domain or Creative Commons is necessary, please make sure it falls under Fair Use and attribute it properly.

Open Images
  • Creative Commons Search Portal for searching various sites for Creative Commons images, audio, video, and other media. 

  • Library of Congress This portal features content that is free to use and reuse.

  • Flickr Advanced search includes several helpful options.

  • Wikimedia Commons Large collection of public domain and Creative Commons images, sounds, maps, and other media.

  • Pixabay Huge variety of public domain images. Warning: the first row of images in any search are sponsored results from Shutterstock and are not in the public domain.

  • Pexels Tagged, searchable stock photos under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license

  • Unsplash Free hi-res photos provided by a community of photographers

  • Burst Free stock photos for websites and commercial use.

  • Free clipart you can use for anything you like.

  • Google Images You can filter your Google image search results by selecting "Tools" and then choosing "usage rights".

  • LUNA Commons Showcases public collections from a wide variety of sources, promoting shared resources. 

  • The Public Domain Review Dedicated to the exploration of curious and compelling works from the history of art, literature, and ideas – focusing on works now fallen into the public domain, the vast commons of out-of-copyright material that everyone is free to enjoy, share, and build upon without restrictions.

  • WorldImages You are free to use these images for non-profit educational purposes, but we ask that you give credit to the copyright holders who retain rights to the images.

  • ULS Digital Collections Content includes a diverse array of formats, including photographic images, books, maps, artwork, manuscripts, atlases, ephemera, correspondence, and audio-video media.

  • World Factbook Provides basic intelligence on the history, people, government, economy, energy, geography, environment, communications, transportation, military, terrorism, and transnational issues for 266 world entities.

  • National Geologic Map Database Developing a distributed archive of standardized geoscience information for the nation.

  • World Digital Library This collection contains cultural heritage materials gathered during the World Digital Library (WDL) project, including thousands of items contributed by partner organizations worldwide as well as content from Library of Congress collections.

  • UNESCO - Interactive Map Places as unique and diverse as the wilds of East Africa’s Serengeti, the Pyramids of Egypt, the Great Barrier Reef in Australia and the Baroque cathedrals of Latin America make up our world’s heritage.

Open Videos
  • Bozeman Science ​Paul Andersen has created hundreds of science videos that have been viewed millions of times by learners around the world.

  • C-Span Videos Your unfiltered view of government.

  • DnaTube ​Your main resource for descriptive science videos for learning and teaching.

  • DocumentaryHeaven ​ An educational website dedicated solely to bringing you the very best documentary films sourced from all over the internet. We currently have thousands of free thought-provoking documentaries for you to choose from which fall into a wide range of categories.

  • FolkStreams ​A non-profit dedicated to finding, preserving, contextualizing, and showcasing documentary films on American traditional cultures.

  • Khan Academy ​Our mission is to provide a free, world-class education to anyone, anywhere.

  • Medline Plus Videos ​Watch health videos on topics such as anatomy, body systems, and surgical procedures. Test your knowledge with interactive tutorials and games. Check your health with calculators and quizzes.

  • Moving Image Internet Archive ​Download or listen to free movies, films, and videos

  • PBS LearningMedia Bring the World to Your Classroom​

  • PBS Video ​PBS and our member stations are America’s largest classroom, the nation’s largest stage for the arts and a trusted window to the world.

  • The Public Domain Review FilmsDedicated to the exploration of curious and compelling works from the history of art, literature, and ideas – focusing on works now fallen into the public domain, the vast commons of out-of-copyright material that everyone is free to enjoy, share, and build upon without restrictions.

  • Stanford Health Video Library ​Stanford doctors and researchers present the latest health information through recorded lectures.

  • Ted Talks ​TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less).

  • Top Documentary Films ​Since January 2007, TDF has been curating awesome documentaries and it's been a host to a vibrant community of people who're making this place even more interesting.

  • U.S. National Library of Medicine Digital Collections ​provides access to the National Library of Medicine's distinctive digital content in the areas of biomedicine, health care and the history of medicine. Our unique digital collections are freely available for download worldwide and in the public domain unless otherwise indicated.

  • World Lecture Project ​International archive for academic videos

  • YouTube - 60 YouTube Channels that will Make You Smarter ​Here are the sharpest brains. Press play and become smarter!